There are many ways to come to a decision on what course your future should follow, and what direction you should take your career. Of course there is always going to be strong subjectivity with regards to this kind of decision. The career you choose will always be one for which you have great passion, if you don’t, choose another career. There are also many other subjective factors that will affect your train of thought, your situation, your relationships, your dreams, and the kinds of pressures you are subjected to. On a scientific, objective note, psychometric testing takes no notice of any of those feeling of passion, dreams, or personal situations, this kind of testing is completely dependant on answers that you provide to stipulated questions. Of course each will reveal results, however, these should never be considered alone, but rather in conjunction with each other, to arrive at a career that is perfect for you.
Psychometric testing or evaluation is the kind of test which is carried out to get to the bottom of how your mind works on and intellectual level. This kind of testing is carried out to ascertain your aptitude, and your degree of ability when referring to numerical, verbal, logical reasoning skills in various areas. The tests are usually multiple choice in setup, and are taken under timed conditions. They are usually designed in such a way that you can only progress to the next once you have answered the preceding question. This is where you need to make educated guesses where you are unsure, and move on to areas where you are guaranteed that you will score well.
Personality and behaviour tests are also forms of psychometric testing but are more directed at your particular character traits, how you act and react in certain situations, how you work in a team environment, and how you cope under pressure. These questions are also usually multiple choice in nature. These questions are designed to reveal whether you have been dishonest in your answering. It is always best to be as honest as possible. Don’t simply answer what you think the tester wants to hear, if you want to obtain reliable results, be honest. If you aren’t, you are merely being dishonest with yourself, and you are defeating the entire process of psychometric testing to find your perfect career.
These tests must be carried out by a trained professional who has the knowledge of how to carry out the tests, and more importantly, how to calculate results and provide useful feedback.
Remember there are no wrong answers in psychometric testing. You cannot fail this test. The aim of this kind of test is to allow you to realise where you strong points are, and where your weaknesses lie so that you can work on those areas that need it. Your strong points will indicate which careers you are suited to. This is why it is so imperative to be honest. Being dishonest will only be doing yourself a disservice, and possibly put you in pursuit of a career that will never bring you happiness, passion, or success.
Subjective, Emotional, or Passion Driven
After every psychometric evaluation, a personal interview or discussion will follow. This is so the career psychologist can get a feel for who you are as a person. You will be asked to disclose information that is subjective in nature, carried emotional weight, and definitely reveals you hopes, dreams, and passions. You may be asked about your current situation, your relationships with family members and friends who are influential in your life, what you wish to achieve in your lifetime, and what you are passionate about.
This is very important for the career psychologist to make reliable assumptions and deductions by combining the results in both areas. You cannot take into one set of results without the other. In many instances you may find that the results obtained from the psychometric evaluation, are very different from what is revealed in the interview phase. Obviously, in these cases, it becomes apparent that this individual may have been influenced by outside factors, perhaps peer pressure, pressure to be pushed into a certain career by parents, or maybe even discouraged from following a long lost passion.
What really must be remembered is that psychometric testing is not in place to dictate to you what you will or will not accomplish in life, the aim of the testing is to assist you to select a career based on where your strengths lie, and where you show weakness, however, it does take into account the emotional and subjective factors that can influence what you could be successful at in the future. If you display passion for something that your aptitude is not completely inline with, you have a good chance of achieving success in it. Passion has more power than one might think, and using the results of the evaluation to your advantage and working on the weak areas, will ensure that your achieve ultimate happiness, and success in an area where you can see yourself for your entire lifetime.
The true trick to using psychometric testing to your greatest advantage is to be honest. Don’t shy away from the truth. Reveal the true you, and discover things about yourself that you may have long forgotten about. Your hidden passions and talents have a final chance to reveal themselves. Find that one thing that you know will truly make you happy, and successful. Psychometric testing lessens the chance of time and money spent studying in pursuit of a career that is not suited to you, and that will never offer you the happiness that you truly deserve. Don’t you think you owe yourself this chance of a lifetime? You are important, and you should do whatever is available in order to make success your reality.
Stop being stressed over what you’ll do after school ends, what study path you need to follow, book your psychometric evaluation, and make the decision you make an informed one, guided by a professional in the field.