Do you know what course of study to pursue? Do you even know what your options are? Have you ever heard of the following: Hydrologist? Geodesist? Petrologist? Mycologist? Apiculturist? Cytologist? Eco-Banker? Carbon Trader? Corporate Climate Strategist? Flash 8 Graphic Artist? .NET Architect? What are the new “green collar” jobs?
The choices are endless and are constantly growing and evolving. If you enjoy one area of study, but believe your skills better qualify you in another area, you may be surprised to learn that you do not necessarily have to give up what you love for what you can do better.
For example, if you love sports but are realistic enough to realize that you won’t make it as a professional athlete, there is the whole field of sports marketing, which can be equally lucrative and fun.
In the twenty-first century, a very small percentage of people will spend their lives in one job and, surprisingly, the number of people who change professions is growing very rapidly. As you go off to college, with few exceptions, it is not necessary that you know exactly how you intend to spend the rest of your work life. It will, however, be very useful to have an understanding of what you enjoy and at what you are good. In fact, most people put more planning into their summer vacations than into their career choices!
Through a series of tests, you will be in a position to make an informed decision.
Vocational testing and aptitude testing are provided for in-depth assessment to help develop realistic career plans; to choose a course of study or major; to identify career options, critical skills and accomplishments, and work-related values and interests.
Vocational tests, including several interest and personality inventories, and aptitude tests, are available to help confirm interests, personality and aptitudes. Tests for aptitudes include the Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) and vocational tests include the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
These tests are all very useful for high school students to assist them in the selection of a major and a college, for college students and recent graduates deciding on a graduate school or professional school, as well as for mid-career changers.
- The Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) is a comprehensive test with several components, which measures your ability to succeed in a number of different areas. The DAT feedback report provides information about aptitudes, as well as your highest interests in certain fields of work, as well as in subject areas and school-related activities. Test results show how your aptitudes and interests relate to the world of work, and your future educational and career choices.
- The Strong Interest Inventory measures occupational interests in a wide range of career areas. It is used for making educational and occupational choices, choosing a college and a major. It can help you to choose a career field or specific job, explore educational options, expand career options and make choices, identify potentially satisfying work environments and enrich your current work.
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an inventory of personality style and preference. It measures your style and preferences on four scales. Knowing and understanding your personality type can help you to better understand your strengths, the kinds of work tasks, work environments and jobs you would enjoy.
- Along with providing insights for choosing a major or course of study, this increased self-awareness will help with your career management throughout your work life.
Optional Follow-up Counseling/Coaching Sessions
These tests can each be supplemented with individual counseling sessions, to further discuss and clarify career plans, to help with college and graduate school selection, applications, essays, and portfolio and resume preparation.