General Awareness

How to decide your chosen career suits your aptitude

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
 Past performance is the best judge of future potential. Go through your report cards and scores and consider if there is any subject that you have consistently fared better in. Look at your co-curricular and extra-curricular activities – is there a trend? Maybe you’ve always been into debates and MUNs, you are an avid reader, or you’re never afraid to take a stand and voice your opinion in the strongest manner possible. A profile like this indicates a good aptitude for a career in law, or media and communication, or journalism. Those consistent 90 per cent marks in English surely imply a certain skill of yours.
Observe your study pattern and general routine
 Do you find yourself always doing artsy things at school, and picking up your drawing copy the moment you get back home? That’s your inherent aptitude pointing out towards a possible career. People may point out that such skills are just a hobby, but in actuality, that’s your innate aptitude encouraging you to get better at it. Some children, as young as eight years of age, are passionate about literature, technology, music, or art. Identify the patterns here, retrospect on your life and daily schedule, and identify those similarities. Once you do, repeat point one.
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
 With the advent of technology, there has been nothing short of a revolution in the space of career-planning and psychometrics. Assessing a perfect aptitude-career fit is now possible through a smart assessment. Career assessments not only judge a student’s many aptitudes in the real-time scenario, but also map them according to the required industry standards, to give you your report. The insights you get through such an assessment will come in handy when making a career decision. Getting a career-decision right is imperative for professional success today, and an on-spot aptitude assessment is a helpful element not to be ignored. While dire interest may push you to pursue a certain career, purely based on how much you’re fascinated by it, it’s your aptitude that will sustain you there and keep your progression soaring.
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.

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