Is it that time in your child’s school career where they need to have some direction in their lives of what career they want to pursue? A time when they need to make subject choices that will follow through to the end of their schooling and take them on to their tertiary education? It is our job as parents to help our children and guide them in a direction in which we know they will flourish and have passion for. Yes, your children need to make their own decisions regarding their futures but we need to give them every opportunity to explore their options and be completely sure that they are following the right path.
Taking your child to a career psychologist for evaluation is a terrific start. The career psychologist will evaluate your child on a one-on-one basis to better understanding the situation, passions and ambitions of your child. A majority of career psychologists now implement psychometric testing which allows a more objective and scientific approach to be taken.
Psychometric testing is widely varied and is used to test a myraid of different characteristics and factors. Your child’s logical thinking in all areas will be evaluated as well as his cognitive functioning. Behavioral patterns and reactions to certain situations will better allow the psyhologist to gain insight into how your child will cope under pressure situations and within positions of leadership.
You may find that your child is so busy focusing his/her attention on areas where they think they thrive that they often miss out the areas where they have great potential or actually perform better. Perhaps your child has been focusing on the the wrong attributes all along. What we, as parents, need to remember is that our children do sometimes need to be pushed in the right direction, they are stubborn and have minds of their own and often don’t want to listen to us, their parents. Hearing these things that have scientifically been evaluated and results produced through answers your child has presented, is often just what they need to give them the confidence to pursue other areas.
Remember to keep your childs nerves calm and assure them that this test cannot be one that is passed or failed. Explain to them that the tests are not the be all and end all of their situation and that through hard work, repetitive actions and perseverance, they can see improved results each time they attempt the tests. Encourage them to part take in online psychometric testing and to seek results themselves beforehand. They should attempt a variety of tests and repeat them as this in one way of improving results. Each time they see an improvement, their enthusiasm and confidence will grow and sometimes all a child needs is confidence in their own abilities in order to soar to great heights.
Your child must understand from the start that these tests are a means of showing them exactly which factors are their strong points and which are weaker and need more attention. The career psychologist will offer advice on which professions are best suited to the characteristics in which they display strength. If they have admitted to wanting to follow a certain career path, the psychologist will explain exactly where they need to excel and this is something that they can work towards.
I am by no means saying that a career psychologist or you, the parents, should be allowed to determine the path of your child’s life but at least offer them the opportunity to discover things about themselves that they were not aware of or were aware of by have supressed through fear of failure perhaps.
Behaviour, actions and reactions to certain situations will allow the career psychologist to access how well your child is able to cope with stress and will measure their decision making abilities. Certain personality and behaviour traits are required if your child wishes to pursue a position that is of a leadership nature. Some children have these abilitiese but are afraid to be outspoken and offer opinions for fear of rejection by their peers. This all boils down to confidence. On the other hand there are children who are milder natured and prefer to just go with the flow as they say and do what is expected of them. All these things will be carefully and objectively evaluated through psychometric testing and the results are sci entific in nature and are in no way subjective.
Working in a team environment is important in many careers these days and your child needs to understand this. Psychometric testing is the perfect opportunity to find out exactly how your child will function and perform in a team or group situation or if they are better of working in an environment where they work alone.
Psychometric testing has proven to be an accurate measurement of how and individual will perform in certain career positions and an accurate measurement of how they will flourish and gain success. Remember always that the results are not fixed and work and effort placed into weaker areas will improve them and the results of the tests. This is honestly a case of your future lies in your own hands. You are the only one who holds the key to your performance and your results, the tests are simply there to give you insight into what areas need work.
Psychometric test has proved to be a tool of great importance when evaluating school going children and guiding them on the path to a career that will see them excel. These tests at this level are also a great opportunity to gain some experience in taking the tests. In future interview situations, these tests may be an important and often integral part of the decision making process when applying for certain career positions.
Give your child the upper hand today that will give them every opportunity in the future.