Overview of Career Search Assessment
In today’s competitive world, it is crucial for students to be focused when it comes to effective career planning. Identifying ones strengths assumes importance while making a decision whether it be choosing a subject at high school or the selection of an under graduate program. The optimal match between ones aptitude and career pathway is thus critical to academic success.
Career Search Assessments prove very effective in establishing the student’s strengths and identifying appropriate university programs (matching the student’s strengths with appropriate university programs).
Varsity Connections conducts Career Search Assessments for students from Grade 10 upwards. This Assessment examines 3 key areas:
The Motivation test measures 7 broad patterns of interest: Words, Art, Physical, Experimenting, Organisation, Business & Social.
A brief description of each of the areas is given below.
W– Words - Communication/Information
A – Art - Performance or Fine Arts/Creativity/Intuition
P - Physical - Activity/Sports/Outdoors
E – Experimenting - Analytical/Scientific
O - Organisation - Administration/Co-Ordination/Resource Usage
B - Business - Entrepreneurship/Earn your own living
S - Social - People Focused/Advising/Caring
The test gives an indication of the type of work activity that appeals most to the student. It not only looks at specific areas like the ones mentioned above, but also combinations of fields such as Words & Art, Science & Business etc. It thus encourages the student to think outside of the box when planning a career.
The Aptitude test is the foundation upon which the career search assessment is based.The tests are designed to identify natural ability & specific intellectual skills. The tests analyse skills that are relevant to different careers. Completing all the tests allows you to establish your likely strengths & weaknesses in order to
· Know your strengths & find a way to use them
· Know your weaknesses & not allowing yourself to be limited by them
The Aptitude Test is a battery of tests in the following 9 areas:
Verbal - Measures critical thinking ability
Numeric - Tests Numeric Reasoning Skills
Visual - Measures inherent intelligence
Spatial - Detects potential to analyse abstract problems & those related to art & design
3D - Indicator of creative potential but in more structured areas such as engineering & technology
Figurework - Assesses basic arithmetic skills
Vocabulary - Test of learnt language skill
Sequential - Additional check on underlying potential in abstract reasoning
Precision - Test that measures speed & accuracy
Unlike the other 2 tests, this has correct/incorrect answers and is timed and graded. The student’s performance in this set of tests results in an Aptitude Chart which is mapped against skill requirement charts for over 40 different career options. It is designed to indicate the area of education/career that the student is good at and thus most likely to succeed in.
The Personality test analyses dimensions of personality that are useful to students in planning their careers. It helps them understand what it is about the way they feel and behave that might make them more suited to a particular career.
The test outlines the student’s approach to people and tasks based on 8 dimensions.
Approach to tasks is profiled by a combination of the following 4 dimensions:
Factual, Imaginative, Deliberate, Spontaneous.
Relationship with people is profiled by a combination of the following 4 dimensions:
Gregarious, Solitary, Assertive, Passive.
The student’s personality characteristics would then be a combination of 4 dimensions – 2 task related and 2 people related to result in 1 of 16 possibilities identified as FSpAG, IDPSo etc.
The Career Search Assessment takes about 2 hours to complete. The 3 parts of the Assessment are analysed and a report compiled with shortlisted career options. A table indicating the suitability of the student to the various careers under consideration is also depicted.