In India, one’s career choices and options are mostly influenced by his or her parents and so was the case for me. Board exams just got over and we all were waiting for our results, though the exams were pretty good I was nervous about them. But there were few questions I was asked very frequently even before the results.

“What stream are you planning to choose?”

“What do you want to do?”

“I was confused about the answers but my father was not, he had decided that I would be opting for science and when my result came with flying percentage, I was confirmed to take up the science field, even if I was a bit skeptical about it.

The result was I almost failed in 11th and went from 90% in 10th to 65% in 12th, which is a drastic fall in numbers. I tried to talk to my dad after the result, took Arts for my Bachelors and thus started my senior college, but that wasn’t it. The subjects I chose for my Bachelors were hard of my interest, I could do with English Literature and Political Science, but not Economics.

 After few months into college and the unfamiliar subjects, I sat for one of the Psychology lectures with my friends and found something that felt interesting and something I wanted to learn and study. So, after a long office procedure, I dropped Economics and took up Psychology with the help of my Professor, and finally, I came on the right path of my career.

But this makes me think about how little effort we make for something which defines our life at one point, had I been to a career counselor or taken an aptitude or ability test, which I learned about while doing my bachelors and master’s, then I wouldn’t have had to come to this point of my life through a topsy-turvy and wrong path, which could lead me to a wrong and unsatisfactory career in further life.”

What is a Career Assessment Test?

A career assessment test is a scientific tool that helps a career counselor or individual to identify the career interests, passion, and abilities of the individual to be used in the career counseling process.

These tests usually have multiple choice questions and are designed by psychologists. They are structured in a way that in the end, you get to know what are the possible careers that align with your skillset, likes, and dislikes. This is just a tool that evaluates you on certain parameters like interests, values, personality traits, skills, and aptitude.

When is the right time to take the Career Assessment Test?

Career assessment evaluates you based on your present aptitude and skills and hence, it is recommended to go for these tests periodically.

Many educationists believe that the best time to go for a career assessment is every time you reach an important milestone in your career path. It is always good to start early; career assessment tests are available for all age groups. However, the effectiveness of career assessment conducted before 8th grade is not very effective because the kids in that age lack self-concept.

What is a Career Assessment Test?

A career assessment test is a scientific tool that helps a career counselor or individual to identify the career interests, passion, and abilities of the individual to be used in the career counseling process.

These tests usually have multiple choice questions and are designed by psychologists. They are structured in a way that in the end, you get to know what are the possible careers that align with your skillset, likes, and dislikes. This is just a tool that evaluates you on certain parameters like interests, values, personality traits, skills, and aptitude.

When is the right time to take the Career Assessment Test?

Career assessment evaluates you based on your present aptitude and skills and hence, it is recommended to go for these tests periodically.

Many educationists believe that the best time to go for a career assessment is every time you reach an important milestone in your career path. It is always good to start early; career assessment tests are available for all age groups. However, the effectiveness of career assessment conducted before 8th grade is not very effective because the kids in that age lack self-concept.

What should you look for in a Career Assessment Test?

1. Age Relevance: If a 10th standard kid answers the career assessment test made for employees of these MNCs the assessment won’t be relevant at all. So, it is very important to check whether the test is age-appropriate for the student.

2. The place of the Norms relevance of the test: the career assessment tests used in India have been created for the kids in Western countries. Due to this fact, the accuracy of the test goes down significantly. Need to find the career assessment tests that are made specifically for Indian students.

3. Instructions and language compatibility: Make sure if the test is culture-specific the child is comfortable or familiar with the language for better results. The students understand all the questions clearly so that they can give the most accurate answers.

4. Standardized assessment: The test should have good reliability and validity with strong norms and accurate scores.

5. Give you a holistic profile: To choose an appropriate career the only aptitude is one of the areas but you need to know about the interest, career-oriented personality, and adaptability of the individual. Hence a combination of all is preferred over only one of the areas.

What distinguishes a standardized assessment from a non-standardized assessment?

Why is standardized assessment an important part of career guidance assessment practices?

1. Help you gather and interpret data in a standard way.

2. Confirm your judgment with some scientific tool.

3. Identify patterns of strengths and weaknesses to help guide the development of an appropriate intervention and treatment plan

4. Measure one’s abilities, interests, personality, and adaptability.

5. Provide a suitable career suggestion on basis of all the above four factors.

6. Reliable and consistent scores as per your ability.

7. Helps individual understand himself herself and his/her strengths and weakness.

Conclusion:

Career Guidance Assessments are extremely useful and scientific instruments to measure one’s abilities and interest but do not replace, counseling and professional guidance. They are created for use and interpretation by highly trained professionals who also take into account the client’s history, academic scores, and other test scores. We hope that this brief article gives you an appreciation for the science behind the significance of career guidance assessments you use in practice as a professional or as a student and, more importantly, the basic knowledge to evaluate the quality of the testing instruments you choose to use.