The future is already a daunting thought for teens who leaving school. Of course there is excitement about their impending freedom and of what the future has in store for them but there are also very important decisions that must be made. If you child is looking to pursue further studies after school it is really imperative that the right career path is chosen and one that the child will enjoy and excel in. Making wrong decisions at the start can end up costing a small fortune and the valuable time wasted pursuing a career path that is not really their cup of tea, can never be regained.
Psychometric testing has become a very large part of the career counseling process and one that has proved to be invaluable when the times comes to make the right decisions for your child’s future.
Psychometric testing measures many factors and facets or an individual and provides scientific reports which are formulated using the answers supplied to the question. Each person will have different results and this is what makes the human race so fascinating. No two people are the exactly the same, yes, they may have similarities but they are never the same.
Psychometric testing is a mental evaluation which touches on a variety of factors which all closely work together to produce each individual. The interest of an individual play a vital role in career selection as a person who chooses a career path that they are passionate about and really enjoy will far more likely succeed than someone who chooses something that they dread waking up to each morning. This kind of testing will evaluate the personality of you child. It will reveal response and behavioral pattern in certain situations as well as reactions to certain situations. Doing evaluations on personality traits will help to access what kind of work environment your child would best be suited in and what kind of position. If your child is perhaps someone who doesn’t cope well under pressure then those situations would be best left untouched until your child has worked on and mastered this weakness. An individuals values and what they believe in often play a major role in what kind of environment is suitable for them to work in. Some people’s beliefs prevent them from working in certain environments and in certain types of businesses but in other instances a person’s beliefs may be the driving force of why they would succeed at certain positions. Aptitude involves the measurement of your child’s ability to reason on different levels, verbal, numerical, logical and perceptual and it measures cognitive functioning in these areas. Testing these areas help to pinpoint your child’s strengths and weaknesses and which traits that should aim to work on and improve.
Psychometric testing should only be carried out by fully trained and accredited individuals who are also easily able to score and offer feedback on the results. It is in these results and the feedback provided that untold treasures are revealed. Using these scores as well as in depth one on one interviewing where ambitions and circumstances are discussed, the professional will be able to advise which career paths best suit your child’s abilities, personality, character and aptitude. The results are scientific and calculated against responses given to provided questions, they are not subjective results based only on what your child’s verbal responses are to questions.
Psychometric testing often reveals things about your child that they themselves did not know or did know deep down but have tried to keep from sight. This is the best time to lay everything on the table as such and evaluate areas where your child excels and areas where they need to concentrate on improving. The career psychologist will explain how improving certain areas will change the outlook of their results.
There is no right or wrong answer to the questions in psychometric testing and there is no way to pass or fail. This is not a test that you can base results purely on luck. Encourage your child to partake in some practice tests online before the official evaluation and as they practice, they will see apparent improvements in results. Don’t get your child nervous to write the test, they need to be as relaxed and calm as possible so that they may think clearly and concentrate. Time your child while they take practice tests as most psychometric test is done in a timed and controlled environment and they need to get used to that beforehand.
Ensure your child eats well and follows a healthy exercise regime in order to keep strong and healthy, a healthy body and mind is needed to excel and succeed. Monitor your child’s sleeping patterns and encourage them to get a full, good night sleep as this will allow them to feel revitalized and refreshed to take on each days challenges. The day of the test, ensure your child eats a healthy and substantial breakfast to provide that extra energy and ability to concentrate completely.
Your child needs to understand what the testing is about and how it will help them. Encourage them to ask questions or voice their concerns so that these are not weighing on their minds in the lead up to the evaluation causing a distraction. If your child is nervous or afraid to reveal that they have a learning disability of hearing impairment for example, assure them that these must be revealed so that the conductor of the tests can make the environment as comfortable as possible for them to excel and produce their best results. They will not be judged in any way.
Psychometric testing is the best option in ensuring your child starts on the right path from the outset and takes up studies in a career line that is suitable to them in every way. Save money, wasted time and feelings of discouragement by choosing correctly the first time and your child will thank you for it in the future of that I am sure.