Why you should take a ca­reer test

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION - By eLLeN WhYTe

IF you know what you love to do, and there’s a course for it, like want­ing to paint and tak­ing a Fine Arts De­gree, pick­ing a study and ca­reer path is a snap. But when you’re not cer­tain ex­actly what you want, it can be a chal­lenge to pick some­thing ap­pro­pri­ate.

Some peo­ple look at what they’re good at in school, and use that to pick a de­gree. For ex­am­ple, if you are good at English you take a de­gree in English Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture.

Oth­ers look at what ca­reer they think they want to do, and study some­thing that will get them into that type of work. If you want to be an ar­chi­tect, you study ar­chi­tec­ture.

The po­ten­tial prob­lems in mak­ing such choices is that you may end up do­ing a de­gree that you’ll get great marks in, but is ac­tu­ally some­thing you don’t par­tic­u­larly en­joy or that gives you a qual­i­fi­ca­tion that isn’t par­tic­u­larly use­ful.

Al­ter­na­tively, you may love the idea of a par­tic­u­lar job but find out that you are un­suited to the train­ing.

One way to help you make bet­ter de­ci­sions is to take a ca­reer test. There are lots of th­ese avail­able free on­line and by school coun­sel­lors as well as pro­fes­sional bod­ies, but es­sen­tially they’re based on the idea that you have to match your char­ac­ter, skills and in­ter­ests to a par­tic­u­lar type of job.

If the match is a good one, you’ll do well. If the match is not so good, you may not do so well.

Google “free ca­reer test” and take a few just to give you ideas. And then if you need more help, you’ll have a ba­sis to start from when you talk to a ca­reer coun­sel­lor.

Low ( far left in white) with IAcT col­lege stu­dents in prepa­ra­tion for the cre­ative car­ni­val event.

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