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Old 01-08-2019, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Has anyone ever had their child take a career assessment (aptitude) test in high school to help them become aware of possible careers they might like to pursue? How did it work for you?
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:18 PM
 
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My observation is that people usually take them after college. But I see your point; the tests could help students who haven't found a passion or talent yet, figure out what they could aim for in college.

The very few people I know who took them didn't find them helpful. There are a lot of potential careers that aren't mentioned in those tests. Some people find their calling more or less by chance, by being open to serendipity, and not being too narrowly focussed on a given track.
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:11 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Taking one is pretty standard in many school systems. Usually around 8th/9th grade. My former system starts to give a simple one in 2nd grade.

If one waits until graduating from college they might have just wasted a lot of time and money.
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:42 PM
 
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Taking one is pretty standard in many school systems. Usually around 8th/9th grade. My former system starts to give a simple one in 2nd grade.

If one waits until graduating from college they might have just wasted a lot of time and money.
Now that college is so much more expensive than before, people may be taking them before college. They didn't used to, though.
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:50 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Now that college is so much more expensive than before, people may be taking them before college. They didn't used to, though.
I don't know. I graduated from high school in 1972 and we took at least one that I remember. I remember it because the one Counselor called me down to his office to "discuss" it. I'd diddled my answers a bit and got a strange result.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:37 PM
 
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Hoping you get some responses - I'm curious as well, especially which assessment program used. But I am definitely planning on have my oldest daughter take one the summer before junior year and we are considering a pretty pricey one recommended by a friend. My daughter has no clue at all what she is interested in or would potentially want to major in.

Mainly we just want to give her an objective view of her strengths and some ideas about types of careers that might suit her. And hoping that doing it summer before junior year gives her a year to think on it and then allows us to narrow the field for college tours the summer before senior year. Which having a major declared when applying is apparently important for the top universities in our state - I've been told they limit the number of undecideds they will accept.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:40 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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A typical one.

https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/careers/clusterSurvey

https://www.princetonreview.com/quiz/career-quiz
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:52 PM
 
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I don't know. I graduated from high school in 1972 and we took at least one that I remember. I remember it because the one Counselor called me down to his office to "discuss" it. I'd diddled my answers a bit and got a strange result.
You're an exceptional case, though. Taking those tests wasn't part of California or Washington schools. Where did you live and go to HS?
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:46 AM
 
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You're an exceptional case, though. Taking those tests wasn't part of California or Washington schools. Where did you live and go to HS?
In the middle of the middle of nowhere in NWPA.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:09 AM
 
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In the middle of the middle of nowhere in NWPA.
OK, so maybe it was a thing in your state or district, which is very interesting, that they did that. But it wasn't common across the US.
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