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Career testing - should you try it?


Angela DeFreitas
There are mature adults who know they have not found the right life path and are unhappy. They give very bad service on the job and are poor employees.

So states Angela De Freitas of Choices Career Advice in Kingston who suggests, "if you are in the right career you would be motivated, you would want to go to work everyday. You would be interested in the job you are doing."
Testing for career choice is one way of avoiding making bad employment decisions.

One possible tool to be used by students and adults alike is the the Caribbean edition of The Career Key which was introduced by Choices. The Career Key is based on American researcher John Holland's theory of career choice.

The theory explains work-related behavior - such as, Which career choices are likely to lead to job success and satisfaction? It is the best known and most widely researched theory on this topic and is used by most career counsellors.

Understanding Holland's theory it is claimed can lead to making the best choices about which school programmes, college majors, or which job best fits. Using the Career Key, individuals assess their resemblance to Holland's 6 personality types - realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional - and identify their most promising career options.

The tests takes approximately 20 - 30 minutes to complete, scoring is part of the process and the result of the test is available immediately. Numerous studies over the past 15 years support its reliability, validity and helpfulness.
There are literally thousands of careers, but Holland's RISEC model allows one to look at the clusters of employment activity that will provide the most satisfaction according to your personality type.

According to DeFreitas, "the realistic personality is a doer, someone who likes to do things physically using their hands. The investigative is more of a thinker, scientific in thought process, liking Math equations and challenges. They love to do things which stimulate brain power."
The artistic personality type includes those who are creators and who love to come up with the unusual. "They do not like to be boxed in. They are very free and open in their thinking."

Social personalities are considered to be careers or helpers. They like to help people to do things and might be counsellors teachers and health care workers.
They love occupations which relate to people and helping.
The enterprising personality likes to sell their ideas to others and and to bring one around to their way of thinking. Within that group fall sales people, lawyers and politicians as well.

To the conventional category belong personalities who are organisers in that they like to do things in a very structured way.

De Freitas notes, "they can do their job over and over again. They could work in an office and be happy with filing duties. While this might, for some people, be boring -
the routine , repetitive tasks are satisfying for the conventional type. They the process of documentation and putting everything in order, filing them away to be found again."

She states that everyone's personality is different and if one is able to determine personality type it can be matched to work environment and lead to happiness and success.
It must also be noted that one can be more than one personality type, a but more of one than the other.
There are also some individual s who are good at every thing.

For those how are unhappy in their jobs and feeling confused and unfulfilled, testing for career choice might be a good way to go.

*avia.collinder@gleanerjm.com
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