Choosing the right career can place a lot of pressure on young people especially at a time when they are trying to study. A good strategy to reduce the stress of choosing a career pathway is to focus on the “process” of selecting a career rather than your actual choice or absence of choice. In other words, put your energy into researching your options. There are thousands of career options out there as well as practical steps to take to figure out what you might be most suited to do.
The secret of your child’s fingerprint. The word Dermatoglyphics comes from two Greek words (derma, skin and glyphe, carve) and refers to the friction ridge formations which appear on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Dermatoglyphics is the scientific study of fingerprints. The term was coined by Dr. Harold Cummins, the father of American fingerprint analysis, even though the process of fingerprint identification had already been used for several hundred years. All primates have ridged. Personality can be traced early in the mother’s womb, and it is reflected in fingerprints (Dermatoglyphics). Since each person’s fingerprints are unique, we can understand one’s innate potential, personality, and preferences by analyzing Dermatoglyphics. The study of fingerprints has become more common, therefore, some parents began to analyze their child’s (or baby’s) prints; with the intention to identify their potential early, and provide guidance accordingly to help expand their potential.
Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioural style. Psychometric tests are designed to measure one’s suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude (or cognitive abilities). They identify the extent to which one’s personality and cognitive abilities match those required to perform the role. Employers use the information collected from the psychometric test to identify the hidden aspects of candidates that are difficult to extract from a face-to-face interview.
An emerging trend in Human Resource Management is that once the person in charge of hiring ascertains that you have fulfilled the initial requirements for the position by reviewing the résumé, they will then send out a letter with specific instructions for facilitating the psychometric test. The prime objective of this is to identify at an early stage those job applicants who are unlikely to fill the requirements of the position on offer and consequently narrow the applications further.
Our experience shows that psychometric tests are not only very reliable in predicting candidates' performance but also provides an accurate evaluation of the applicant. These days many young men and women opt for arranging a psychometric analysis for their prospective marriage partners.
A young person’s first choice will rarely be their last. How do you know what you are suited to? Many people choose a career path based on what a parent does for a living or the fact they are good at a particular subject. For example, choosing journalism because you are good at English or accounting because you are good at math. This is not a bad approach but it doesn’t really explore your suitability for a job. Being a good fit for a job is not just about academic or technical ability. You also need to have the right personality type, learning preferences and enjoy the type of environment that goes with the job. By researching a job role and talking to someone who actually does the kind of work you are contemplating you can make a better assessment of whether the role is right for you. Also, talk to your parents about your strengths and personality type so you can find a career path that suits the way you like to operate. To help you get started, work through these questions alone or with family and friends:
As you learn about job roles and employment sectors you will be able to drill down on the tasks involved in a typical day in the job and figure out which might be more of a fit for you.