46) What are Aptitudes?

In the last post you read about my first whack at selecting a career based upon the results of my interests/aptitudes testing at The Johnson – O’Connor Research Foundation in Dallas, Texas in 1984. In the next three posts (#46, #47 and #48) I will share a little about what aptitudes are, how certain career fields use patterns of aptitudes and how testing can help us choose which careers might fit us.  

Content in posts #46, #47 and #48 is provided courtesy of The Johnson-O’Connor Research Foundation website cited at the bottom of this post.

What are aptitudes?

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.”

In a perfect world, would you choose the same occupation again?

Source – http://www.jocrf.org/about_aptitudes/what.html extracted 5/9/20133.

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