Test your ap­ti­tude

A psy­chol­ogy stu­dent found her call­ing in com­puter en­gi­neer­ing. Can these tests work for you too?

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page -

Had it not been for a test sim­i­lar to the Hin­dus­tan Times Ca­reer Quo­tient Test be­ing con­ducted till Oc­to­ber 31 this year (in as­so­ci­a­tion with Young­buzz), Anisha Jain would have been study­ing psy­chol­ogy in­stead of com­puter en­gi­neer­ing af­ter Class 12. Ask her how the tran­si­tion from psy­chol­ogy to com­puter en­gi­neer­ing hap­pened and Jain says, “I knew what I was good at, but I needed a sec­ond opinion and, there­fore, took the test. It had a va­ri­ety of ques­tions on ‘find the dif­fer­ences’, ‘se­quence and se­ries’, ‘arith­metic’, ‘vo­cab­u­lary’ etc. When I gave the test, I was con­fused be­tween arts and sci­ence be­cause I could get into arts af­ter do­ing sci­ence but I knew that do­ing the re­verse would be dif­fi­cult. Af­ter the test, dur­ing my in­ter­ac­tions with the coun­sel­lors, I told them that de­spite my con­fu­sion what was im­por­tant to me was that I wanted a well-pay­ing job af­ter col­lege. Af­ter giv­ing me a pa­tient hear­ing and analysing my test, they told me that I had a good ap­ti­tude for com­puter en­gi­neer­ing and it would help me get a good job af­ter col­lege. That was it, my mind was made up,” adds she.

The coun­selling also helped Jain’s sis­ter. “She scored 95% in the Class 10 ex­ams, but in­stead of sci­ence she wanted to take up arts. When the el­ders in the fam­ily had reser­va­tions against her de­ci­sion, she took the test to prove that she had a great ap­ti­tude for arts and that her choice was right, says Jain.

“The tests re­ally helped my daugh­ters,” says Simmi, Jain’s mother. “The most sur­pris­ing bit was the clar­ity with which the test gives your re­sults and analy­ses the com­po­si­tion of your mind. I am happy that my daugh­ters are do­ing well.”

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