Most 2014 Leaving Certificate students have by now started their last year of secondary school. No doubts they have already heard the words Leaving Certificate muttered tens of times at this stage!
It is important for Leaving Certificate students to start the year on the right foot, meaning that they have an end goal in sight. If a student does not have a goal in sight then they will be sail aimlessly through the year. If they don’t have a course in mind and an idea of how many points they need to get in order to get accepted onto that course then they more than likely will not over exert themselves for the year.
Having focus really increases motivation and drive, without it students will lose concentration quite quickly. It is imperative for students to meet with a careers expert in order to establish where their interests lie and what careers are a good match for them. It would be advisable for any student who is unsure as to what they want
to do in life to have a full careers assessment.
A full careers assessment usually is made up of psychometric tests including aptitude and ability testing and career scales. Aptitude and ability tests evaluate an individual’s ability to organise information and to think logically using words, numbers and abstract concepts. Such tests give a full picture of an individuals’ reasoning abilities and they
also identify strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, certain aptitudes and abilities are associated with different careers therefore, by completing an aptitude and ability test, students will understand whether they would be suitable to various careers.
Also included in a full assessment are career scales, which are used to identify where students interests are and eliminate areas where students have absolutely no interest. Other tests included in a careers assessment
include learning style assessments and personality assessments.
After completing a full careers assessment, students will have a clear understanding of where their strengths and weaknesses lie, where their interests lie and what careers they are most suited to based on their aptitude, ability, interests and personality.
For further information or to make an appointment with an expert, contact Clodagh Higgins of Galway Careers Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091-581234 or firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com.