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Why Old School Career Aptitude Tests Won’t Help Your Undecided Students

Back in senior year of high school or freshman year of college, your guidance counselor/career advisor sat you down, handed you a few pieces of paper called “career aptitude tests” and promised you that it would magically show your career path forward. Then, they left you to your own devices.

After rolling through a few questions, you come upon the career path page where you found out you’re supposed to be…an investment fund manager. Wait, a Director of Religious Activities? Like a priest? That can’t be right. I hate math and I’m not holy enough to direct anything religious.

Ah! Wait, a Business Manager. Whew! That sounds better. Great, perfect. Ah, now…what?

Typical Career Aptitude Tests

Sound familiar?

What are career aptitude tests?

Career aptitude tests are tools designed to assess how your skill set, interests, values, etc. coincide with a career path. Career aptitude tests were popularized back in the 1950s and have taken many different forms.

Old-school career aptitude tests do have their general criticisms. Like personality tests or other self-assessments, they require a subject be without blind spots. In a similar vein to the personality test model, career aptitude tests also fall short in that outcomes can be easily manipulated. Which brings us to…

Why are they no longer enough?

For a lot of students, even if they manage to connect with a career that piques their interest, there’s no real manual on how that career path translates into a chosen major. Ultimately, this is because many of these career aptitude tests work backward: Offering up endless job titles without much context on how students can get there.

Before an undecided student can determine what major is for them, let alone what career path, there needs to be some sort of understanding of how their interests relate to the path ahead. Luckily, career advisors and educational professionals are expanding their toolkits to do just that.

In coordination with Ph.D. professionals and technology experts, Awato created the first career aptitude test that uses Person-Object Theory to not only show students their ideal career path but what majors and coursework will help them get there.

Person-Object Theory is just a fancy way of discussing how individual interests are pattern structures that people enjoy working within their environments. These pattern structures are most evident in leisure activities (i.e., horseback riding, skiing, etc.). However, they can be difficult to identify, as they are components of activities or topics, not the topics themselves.

Compiling over 400 individual interests that are tied to leisure activities and education topics, Awato has built one of the most sophisticated career aptitude test available.

Awato Career Aptitude Tests

Once an Awato student assessment (i.e., new age career aptitude test) is complete, academic mappings are provided to give a clear area of study and career path forward.

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