Psychometric testing explained and why use this as a tool to identify potential careers?
All too often our experts hear teenagers saying that they wish to follow a certain career or study a certain university course because they like the look or location of the university and have mates there. Or, they choose a subject interest as a course, without reflection on where this will lead in terms of future career.

Taking into account university fees, plus living and accommodation costs, its important to go to university as part of a bigger career plan. Yes, there’s a huge amount to be gained from the experience in terms of growing up, developing independence and exploring wider areas of education in more depth. Work placements as part of a ‘sandwich’ course can also be of huge benefit in gaining employability skills, as well as contact with future employers.

However, recent work with teenagers has confirmed that working with them to evaluate their personality attributes, strengths and weaknesses through psychometric testing, as well as reviewing their interests and achievements, facilitates a reassuringly effective evaluation of potential careers and consequently supports choosing the right course of university study, as part of a wider career plan.

Psychometric tests are designed to highlight strengths, what makes you tick, in what environments you thrive and ultimately what kind of careers and work-style you’re suited to. They include the measurement of knowledge, abilities, aptitudes, and personality traits.

What is the benefit of psychometric tests as part of career planning?
If you are unsure of the career direction that might suit you, taking a reliable psychometric assessment for career choice can help you identify and focus on the areas that will be most important for you to consider as an individual.

It will also help you to become aware of your highest aptitude and where that can be best applied. This will be the one that you find easiest and which, even on a bad day, you can still do better than the other aptitudes. Choosing a job which matches both your attributes and interests should allow both job satisfaction and success. Psychometric tests aim to give you the personal insight that will help you make a positive and successful career choice.

What is a personality test?
Personality Profiling or Personality Assessment is the most prolific of all the tests and assessments available.
These measure our behavioural traits and characteristics against what is accredited as normal behaviour. Tests measure a multitude of personality traits, predicting behavioural characteristics under various circumstances. These can assist teenagers to gain a far greater understanding of themselves and how their individual combination of personality traits affects their performance and contribution to their sixth form studies. Understanding these, can lead to renewed motivation and enthusiasm, through greater understanding of strengths and weaknesses and how they like to learn.

Personality profiling is particularly valuable in career choice as it is used to measure traits which will determine where your personality characteristics could be an asset. For example, are you organised, would you like to work with a small group of people or in a large open office? Are you even tempered, or eager to please? In fact, a host of other traits which will assist you to find the right type of work, as well as the right type of environment that would be best suited to your personality, allowing you to thrive.

Identification of the above can lead to more in-depth review of university courses to identify those which will match the strengths of the individual and how they like to learn.

Pursuing a job which fits attributes and personality, as well as interests, is far more likely to lead to enjoyment and consequently success.

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