Career Aptitude Test- An Investment for your Children

Why do they spend a bomb on apps that project themselves as a panacea for the difficulty in learning subjects

BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) are different. So are going to be the new BC (Before Corona) and AC (After Corona).

Corona could change the way we work and learn and how it would impact everyone is beyond comprehension and still remains to be understood.

While Industry Experts and Hiring Managers are considering a paradigm shift, a new world order would emerge for sure.

Let me come straight to the point. In our education system, we haven’t been giving much importance to Aptitude tests for students of classes X and above. While Aptitude is an innate ability of a person, natural or acquired over time, to perform an act, it hasn’t generally been considered worthwhile to be gauged while taking crucial decisions in the most important phase of student lives.

Students have not been encouraged to think independently and arrive at a conclusion as their syllabus is theory oriented

What to study has always been debated and in a majority of cases parents’ choice has ruled the roost, if I may say so, though exceptions are and were there. Students have not been encouraged to think independently and arrive at a conclusion as their syllabus is theory oriented. There is a mad rush after class XII to seek admissions, mostly compelled by choices that are bracketed as the ones with scope of generating employment. Comparatively, it doesn’t have much to do with what each student loves to do and is capable of doing.

What is to be understood is the fact that change is happening and fast it is. Specific skillsets would be mandatory and parents need to assimilate this aspect well. While it is important that perceptions matter, it is also equally important to understand that the nature and types of courses have undergone unexpected changes.

While a graduate programme in Liberal Arts, Product Design, Artificial Intelligence, Speech Language Pathology, Astrobiology or Flavour Chemistry may seem strange, these are in line with the everchanging dynamics of the academic fabric of every developing and developed society. These and many more, possibly a few that may pop many eyes out, would be among the varied and assorted subjects of study, in the years to come.

Aptitude Assessment is a scientific process and is mostly derived out of years of research on how adaptable someone is to various personality traits or differential skills

Such courses have set the young minds thinking and it is only natural that many have acted as triggers for them to try and explore these lesser known ones.

Aptitude Assessment is a scientific process and is mostly derived out of years of research on how adaptable someone is to various personality traits or differential skills. Aptitude tests give students a clear idea of their strong areas and the areas to be improved vis-a-vis their compatriots. The results would also clearly map one’s skills to the career choices and his/her spheres of interest. This would clear the air, most importantly about something they, SHOULDN’T venture out into. This is as important as saying that it is more important to know what one mustn’t speak rather than what one must speak.

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So, the question that arises is simple. Why do parents spent so much money on entrance coaching even before trying to understand what their children want or are good at? Why do they spend a bomb on apps that project themselves as a panacea for the difficulty in learning subjects? That marketing gimmicks are still our weakness to a large extent is the reason, also is the prestige factor attached to be known as someone moving with the times, exceptions accepted.

It is natural for the Indian mindset to lay emphasis on marks and grades, which have been and still are benchmarks to ‘label’ a student. It is long overdue to understand that anything learned against one’s wishes, out of compulsion or out of belief to get a comfortable career ahead, is injustice and in a sense demotivating.  This is an example of gross mismatch. The after effects of taking up courses against their interest have a psychological element that isn’t encouraging, to an extent that many students I have personally come across have got into bouts of depression.

From a traditional point of view of Pilots, Cost Accountants, Doctors, Engineers, Civil Servants et al  being important for a system, it is equally important to accept that RJs, Florists, Adventure guides, wildlife photographers, bloggers  and Behaviour Analysts would be there too, to garnish or to add flavour, without which the taste wouldn’t be felt fully.

An Aptitude Test, followed by professional counselling, is an investment that would change or shape our children’s careers

On an ending note let us understand that there must be this broad mindset to give freedom to our children to choose what they want, especially in terms of a career, guiding them well to understand their strong points and aptitudes. Let us prepare them to take risks, at least of a low level, so that they get the exposure.

An Aptitude Test, followed by professional counselling, is an investment that would change or shape our children’s careers. All that we slog for makes no sense if this end isn’t achieved. It gives us clarity; it gives us comfort and it gives us the feeling of standing shoulder to shoulder with our children in fuelling their dreams. That is what parenting is all about.

Isn’t this small investment worthy of being placed among the most important ones, with rewards for the long term?

Gear up, parents. It is never too late. Have you ever understood even your Aptitude?

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