One of the tests is the Holland Aptitude Test. It identifies 6 types.
Primary School Career Exposure
The Career Industry Council recently had Ed Hidalgo talking about integrating career development in primary school. His project in California uses the Holland Career Types to help primary school kids to identify their type.
Once their type is identified he says you can focus on exposing them to opportunities that match their type.
At first I thought this was too early, but the exposure to one particular type of career isn’t exclusive and it does give the teacher or parent some direction.
Here is an example of how the tests work
I am strongest in Persuading, then in Creating.
- Persuading/Enterprising(E) — I would be exploring opportunities in leadership and management. I could try persuading the world that insanely great career development is vital.
- Creating/Artistic is also strong in my profile, so I might explore music and drawing. Or I might try writing a blog and a career newsletter!!
The tests point you in a direction where you have your strongest natural abilities.
They can help you to focus your search for your dream career. Your road might be bumpy but finding your dream career is worth the ride.
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