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Chasing careers: This test will tell you where your children are headed to

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The moment SSLC and plus-two results are out, parents start worrying over the future course of their children. They would have scores of doubts on which course to pursue, which syllabus to follow and where to send their wards to.

Most often, teenagers may not have developed a strong opinion on their future careers. They go with whatever their parents suggest. When a father tells his son to pursue engineering, he may not be confident enough to say that may not be a good idea because he is weak in mathematics. He is most likely to succumb to peer pressure when most of his classmates apply for engineering colleges.

Nowadays, anyone can join any course provided his parents are rich enough to buy a seat but the student will struggle with the course if he does not have an aptitude for it. That would lead to severe mental stress that may push students to abscond or even kill themselves.

The problems are not solved even if the student manages to scrape through at the exams. If he did not have an aptitude for the subject, he is sure to loathe the only jobs he is guaranteed to get with the backing of the degree. When pushed to a corner, they start putting the blame on parents.

Many parents choose seemingly lucrative careers for their children, such as engineering, medicine and business management. Arts, sports and subjects like history and literature are looked down upon as low-paying. What is important here is the aptitude and ambitions of the children. They prefer subjects which make them happy. Parents should give priority to their children’s preferences while choosing a career for them.

Parents have to keep in mind some key points while choosing a career for their children.

They should try to understand their wards’ personality traits through an aptitude test. That may help them draw comparisons amid the child’s career plans and dreams.

Parents should never impose their preferences on the children.

Even if you do not agree with the demands of your children, pay heed to them and try to understand the prospects of the subjects they are interested in.

Before you make your ward join a course, give him an opportunity to talk to an expert in the chosen field.

Discuss children’s career plans with them. That will help you better understand their likes and dislikes.

Children’s mark sheet will give you insights into the areas where he excels or falters.

Discuss with the children existing and upcoming career options. Use all media to collect information on these.

Form a clear picture about the types of jobs and the scale of pay a child can expect after pursuing a certain subject.

An aptitude test for SSLC/Plus-two students

The following aptitude test is so simple that the children can write and evaluate themselves with a bit of guidance from you. Like all aptitude tests, this one helps the child measure his complete personality and realize the latent talents.

Based on the ideas of psychologist Carl Jung, this personality test measures the personality by four questions. The questions are: how do you spend your energy? What kind of things you note and memorize? How do you make a decision? Which situations do you deem safe for you?

Each question has several options in two sections. Tick the column that stays close to your answer. Do not bother to mark the columns which does not apply to you. After you have scored all questions in both sections, add the marks. Select the English letter assigned to the option group where you have scored the most. Write down the letter in a paper.

Once you have answered the four questions, you would have four letters on the paper. You can check the list at the bottom of the article to find your aptitude.

An important thing to bear in mind: This test will help you only if you answer the questions honestly and without any outside influence. (Of course you could consult the others if you find it hard to understand a question. But the answer should be yours alone.) You may be risking manipulating the results when you worry too much over a question.

The test

I. How and were do you think your energies are spent? Are you an extrovert or introvert?

Extroverts often (E)

1. I feel energetic

2. I prefer talking to listening

3. I like thinking aloud

4. First act, then think

5. I enjoy hanging out with friends

6. My thoughts are often scattered

7. I want to multitask

8. I am ready to take initiative in any matter

Introverts often (I)

1. I am rather quiet

2. I am mostly silent but I am a good listener

3. I hardly open up

4. I brood over things before I act

5. Nothing can match the joy of being alone

6. I have a focused mind

7. It is better to focus on the task at hand

8. Let them do what they want. What do I care?

Write down ‘E’ if you have scored more marks in the Extroverts column. Write ‘I’ if you scored most in the Introverts column. Do not score if you do not agree to any point. If you have got equal marks in both groups then try to score the questions you have left out by choosing the point close to your thinking.

II. What types of things do you notice and try to memorize?

Sensor’s often (S)

1. Objective and analytic

2. I prefer practical methods than wild thoughts

3. I do not worry about tomorrow. I live in the present

4. I have to see it to believe it

5. I want to express only those talents in which I am completely confident

Intuitives often (N)

1. Get a full picture even if you skip the details

2. I am interested in romantic thoughts that stem from creativity

3. Never ignore the future

4. Trust the possibilities

5. You can experiment with your tralents

III. Which category do you belong to based on the way to make decisions and form opinions?

Thinkers often (T)

1. I take decisions based on objective thoughts

2. I keep a distance from socializing

3. I am honest. I mince no words

4. I do not take things personally

5. I take pride in real achievements only

6. I am ready to argue with anyone even if it is pointless

Feelers often (F)

1. I am swayed by values and emotions in decision making, rather than facts

2. I always want friends around. I want to feel one among them.

3. I do not mind compromising to get something done

4. Strictly personal behavior

5. I feel elated when someone butters me up.

6. I keep a distance from arguments and standoffs

IV. Which category do you belong to based on the situations that make you happy and contended?

Judgers often (J)

1. I jump into conclusions.

2. I am serious and formal

3. Punctuality is all important to me

4. First work, then play

5. I finish a subject before jumping into the other

6. I win what I want to

7. I am comfortable with strict regulations at home and school

8. I want everything to be in order

Perceivers often (P)

1. I always take a decision after careful thinking

2. I like anything fun without formalities

3. Procrastination is the norm, punctuality an exception

4. First play, then work

5. I tend to jump to another topic even before completing the one at hand

6. I explore the possibilities and venture into something only if I have to

7. Regulations are a bore

8. Forget order, let’s get it somehow

Now you have a four-letter code such as these: ISTJ, ISFJ, INTJ, ISTP, ISFP, INFP, INTP, ESTP, ESFP, ENFP, ENTP, ESTJ, ESFJ, ENFJ or ENTJ.

The results

1. ISTJ - public relations, geology, paramedics, public health, commerce, accountancy, poly diploma civil, B Tech civil, IPS, MBA, biomedical research or detective

2. ISFJ - MBBS, BDS, BAM, library science, interior designing, paramedics, counseling, MBA, special education teaching or dancing

3. INFJ - special education teaching, counseling, B Ed, religious teaching, cinema editing, art direction, literature or medical science

4. INTJ - LLB, journalism, building designing, biomedical research, information technology, cardiology, web designing, B Arch or DTP

5. ISTP - computer programming, commercial pilot, IPS, software development, management information system, LLB, medical technician course, fire and marine engineering or pharmacy management.

6. ISFP - Physical science, interior designing, landscape designing, customer care, fashion designing, cooking, nursing, BDS, travel and tourism, health science or MBBS

7. INFP - psychology, research, translation, LLB, history, social science, fashion designing, editing, art direction or physiotherapy

8. INTP - software designing, software development, LLB, commerce, economics, philosophy, music, website designing, neurology, pharmaceutical research and MBA

9. ESTP - medical technician course, marketing, banking, physiology, insurance, civil engineering, travel and tourism, B Ed, electronics

10. ESFP - B Ed, EDS, public relations, sports, physiotherapy, social sciences, radiology, travel and tourism, air hostess, veterinary science or event management

11. ENFP - MBA, career counseling, management, journalism, graphic designing, art direction, copy writing, psychology, human resources, research

12. ENTP - banking, MBA, copy writing, TV Journalism, internet marketing, advertising, public relations, marketing

13. ESFJ - business, public relations, sports, economics, health science, pharmacy, B Ed or MBA

14. ESTJ - physical education, veterinary science, special education teaching, banking, social science, physiology, nursing, massage therapy, travel and tourism

15. ENFJ - journalism, social work, graphic designing,

16. ENTJ - financial planning, business consulting, physician or attorney

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