It is commonly acknowledged that most people will change careers at least five times on average during a lifetime. New careers that require new skills and attitudes constantly emerge, only to be replaced equally quickly as the demands of a changing society and burgeoning technology create ever new demands. Career counselling is therefore more important than ever and is not so much aimed at choosing a specific job, but rather on making sure the child ends up in the right career field. Specific career fields require children to have specific subjects from Gr 10. A subject choice assessment is therefore a good idea if the child is uncertain of which career field will be suitable for him/her.
Career counselling is a complex process. The Psychologist acts as facilitator who assists the child to interpret her interest, potential, personality and career values and so design a career plan or life theme.
The process consist of
Individualised career assessment is highly specialised and involves an in-depth process of exploration. It is very important to make sure that you take your child to an experienced Educational Psychologist. Don't hesitate to ask about a professional's qualifications and practice number as well as whether they are registered with the Health Professional's Council to administer, score and interpret the tests.
There are organizations and people who claim to be career "specialist". They tend to use basic, unscientific computerized tests and tend to just copy and paste their findings to a generic report.Do not be satisfied with generalised findings or suggestions.
Although it can be an expensive process it is a worthwhile investment into your child's future. I offer a career guidance assessment at a competitive price based on medical aid rates.