48) How Aptitude Testing Can Help You in Choosing Work That Fits You

In my last post you read about how careers use patterns of aptitudes. That is, your  natural talents make certain jobs easier for you. In this post you will read about aptitude testing based on The Johnson – O’Connor Research Institute model. Other means exist to test aptitudes, but Johnson – O’Connor was one of the first.

The blogger is not compensated in any way for this post or other content describing Johnson – O’Connor.

Proven Testing Methodology

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. 

Why Test 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.

Better Career Fit

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.

Source – http://www.jocrf.org/about_aptitudes/what.html extracted on 5/10/20133

It may seem self-evident that a person would know their natural strengths and weaknesses but I don’t think many of us do. I surely didn’t until I experienced many failures in my job performance – mainly in direct sales. I loved (VALUE) the feeling of independence that comes with making sales calls and confused this with possessing an APTITUDE for high performance on sales calls.

So I was confusing my interest and enjoyment of driving around town meeting and talking with business owners on my sales jobs with an aptitude for making small talk (high ideaphoria) during lulls in our meetings and thinking on my feet and rapid decision-making (another aptitude) when the deal was falling apart.

Next – Interest versus Aptitudes

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