“A career choice is the elaboration and extension of the self.” Osipow.
Vocational orientation is based on supporting young people in choosing a professional career by helping them build a life purpose that is aligned with their abilities, interests. Also we take into account occupational needs, social status and family.
We can use all these different approaches to understand more clearly motivations and intended outcomes when a person completes a vocational test.
From the psychological standpoint, vocational orientation is the choice of a career that will bring happiness to the person, avoiding future disappointments. This is based on the interests, personality, and activities the person enjoys.
When making a vocational decision, we find that people can be divided into four categories:
- Those who are incapable of making a choice.
- Those who hesitate or feel uncertain making the decision.
- Those who are not very cautious when making a decision.
- Those who express disagreement between their abilities and the job requirements.
It is important to highlight that self-awareness is fundamental when completing a vocational test.
A while ago, we talked about the evolution of education. Though this is a slow process, we know that it will help the young generations in their professional future.
When looked at from an educational perspective, vocational orientation should aim at continuous education. However, education should also adapt to the changing requirements of society, since the objective of the vocational test is to increase the information the young receive in order to reduce school or university drop out.
From the socioeconomic standpoint, vocational guidance consists in offering information about the job market conditions as well as career requirements in terms of skills and abilities. The vocational orientation process expects the young to cooperate with the country’s economic and social progress and development. To this end, education options must be aligned with the current economic and social needs.
The merger of these approaches results in a series of career possibilities for those who complete the test.
Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions in life; it will define a new road, the start of an adventure. In it, we place our hope for the future, objectives and dreams.