In recent times, people have started realizing the need to find the perfect aptitude-career fitment, which increases your chances for professional success. The question now, is how to know if a career falls in sync with one’s aptitude(s). Here are five easy ways to do that:
Build your knowledge on career and skill sets
The first step is to do your own research to gain some perspective into the kind of activities a professional does in his/her career. Find out which skill sets are used in which professions. Information like this is freely available on the web, or you may speak to different people about it. Once you have identified some key skills that relate with a career, ask yourself two questions:
- How much do you like suing these skills?
- How good are you at using these skills?
For example, a career in engineering would go best with a person who is good with numbers, and possesses an analytical mindset. You will know if you are suited to a career in engineering if you ask yourself the above two questions. The trick is to identify which skills go hand-in-hand with which careers and understanding if you yourself possess the required skills.
Look at your past performances in various fields
Observe your study pattern and general routine
Internship will help you understand which skill set you need
Nothing gives a more realistic experience of a career than engaging in one. Students today, often engage in short-duration internships that provide great insights into the careers they’re looking at. By interning, you will know what key activities are carried out in a particular career, and what skills are required in doing so. After your short stint, you will be sure, whether or not your aptitude matches the required standard in a particular career.
Take a career assessment
Aptitude mapping becoming a need of the hour
In today’s era, it is also imperative to understand that aptitude mapping is now becoming an essential factor when it comes to choosing a career path. The emerging trend of multi-dimensional mapping encompasses elements such as emotional intelligence, social quotient, motivators, work values, career trends, preferences, and unique personality traits among others. The coming generation will have to look towards acquiring skills in line with what they wish to become, rather than finding careers that fit their skills perfectly! Thus, a more holistic multi-dimensional aptitude mapping is the need of the hour, which can map a student’s aptitude and skill sets and match them to careers that can be a suitable fit.