Why you should take a career test
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.