You might want to check out the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation website at http://www.jocrf.org and talk to a counselor or coach about aptitude testing. Please see the information below. It’s really exciting to find out what your talents and abilities are so when you decide to start your job search you will be more informed about who you are and what type of skills and strengths you have so you can move into a new direction, job or career. Have fun. I went to Johnson O’Connor 20 years ago and enrolled in their program. I loved it. The report that I received and the feedback that I got from the counselors were right on track with who I was. I have worked in three of the professions they listed. It’s fun, try it.
Aptitudes are natural abilities – Aptitudes are natural talents, special abilities for doing, or learning to do, certain kinds of things easily and quickly. They have little to do with knowledge or culture, or education, or even interests. They have to do with heredity. Musical talent and artistic talent are examples of such aptitudes.
Some people can paint beautifully but cannot carry a tune. Others are good at talking to people but slow at paperwork. Still others can easily repair a car but find writing difficult. These basic differences among people are important factors in making one person satisfied as a banker, another satisfied as an engineer, and still another satisfied working as an editor. Our aptitude testing will identify your natural abilities.
Career fields use particular patterns of aptitudes
Every occupation, whether it is engineering, medicine, law or management, uses certain aptitudes. The work you are most likely to enjoy and be successful in is work that uses your aptitudes. For example, if you are an engineer but possess aptitudes not used in engineering, your work might seem unrewarding. If you lack the engineer’s aptitudes, your work may be difficult or unpleasant.
Testing will help in choosing work that fits you
With extensive research over 80 years, the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation has been able to isolate many aptitudes, and the various tests that you take at our laboratories are for the most part measures of these aptitudes.
The primary purpose of taking aptitude tests is to find areas in which you have ability. It has been our experience that people tend to be more satisfied and successful in occupations that challenge their aptitudes and do not demand aptitudes that they lack.
Our aptitude testing program assists you in discovering the course of study and the type of work that will fit your aptitude pattern; it will help you to understand why certain courses of study and occupations are likely to be more satisfying or rewarding than others. As Johnson O’Connor put it many years ago:
The individual who knows his own aptitudes, and their relative strengths, chooses more intelligently among the world’s host of opportunities.
(this information was not written by dear jane, this was copied from the johnson o’connor website on 10/30/08)(http://www.jocrf.org)