How should a counsellor analyse Ideal Career Test Report?

Ideal Career Test is one of the most popular one - how should a career counselor explain this reports to students? What are points and examples to keep in mind while doing so?

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Surabhi Dewra
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Finding a right career for oneself is one the most difficult task that one has to do. If a right decision is taken then the student need not worry but one wrong career decision can lead to repentance of the entire life.

It assesses students on different parameters like Aptitude, Interest, Motivators and Personality and in an objective manner lists down the top three career preferences for him. The career preferences are given by combining all the parameters and under each career preference the occupations that the student can opt for are given to him or her. The top three career preferences are listed at the end of the report.
It consists of 182 objective Questions.

Matching career preference found in Ideal Career Test - which should be discussed and use for guiding students.

Top three career sectors are given as preference. Within these career sectors students should be recommended to do course or pick a job role or choose a career. Career Counselors can also look at blending two career options and suggesting.

For example: If a student is showing inclination in : Management & Marketing as well as Healthcare Sector . Then career options like Healthcare Management and Hopsital Management can be a great opportunity.

First section of descriptive part is Career Motivators.

Motivators are anything that motivate us to perform an activity.

The motivators on which the students are assessed are as follows:

MONEY: To you money is a big career motivator. You want money more than just for survival. So, you will be happy in a job that pays you VERY well. For many of us money is big career motivator. And why not? After all, it helps to make life go smooth. For a lot of us, living with materialistic comfort is important.

RESPECT: While each of us yearn for different things in life, many look for respect. You want prestigious job. A job which will make people look up to you is ideal for you. Professions such as Journalism are ones which bring in a lot of respect.

FREEDOM: A suitable job for you is the one that will not bind you in terms of time schedule and monitoring. Yes, it may sound a silly thing to ask for. But not all take their freedom for granted. A few of us want freedom, along with a paycheck, as important criteria in choosing the job.

STABILITY: A job that assures stability (no fear of being over taken or failure of the industry in question) in your career is ideal for you.
While a lot many people are finicky and love to switch jobs, a few wish for stability in a career. If such people are assured stability, they tend to perform better at work.

VARIETY: Many look for variety in their jobs. A monotonous job is something they can't keep at, and most importantly perform well at it.

LEISURE: A job that allows you to have enough time for having a personal life is what you want. Something like a teacher's job which is not very hectic and does not occupy all day. While a few may argue, work has no concept like leisure. But contradicting that we say, it does. Many jobs require less working hours, which eventually leaves them with leisure hours!

LEADERSHIP: You want a job that makes you take responsibilities of things and people of your team. This career motivator is for people who like to lead and follow. If they are given a position and job where they can lead people, they do their best to perform well and stay in the job.

INTEREST: A job that is of your interest is ideal for you as it will keep you at it, irrespective of hurdles and troubles. This probably is the most basic and natural career motivator. If one likes a job, one will do it well; irrespective of hurdles.

CHALLENGE: A job that throws difficult circumstances every now and then is the one that will keep you hooked to it. We often hear fresher saying- "we are looking for a challenging job". Such folks like jobs where they are required to raise the bar of their work quality regularly. And it is this (challenging) quality of the job that keeps them motivated.

SERVICE: A job that helps people and society in a direct way is what would motivate you. Such professions are called helping professions and give you pleasure by interacting and helping people to come out of their day to day problems.
Top Three motivators are motioned in the report and for rest the person can see the Pie Chart. The more the area a motivator covers, the higher it is for the students or the student is motivated by it.

The next section is the Aptitude Section.

In this the student is assessed on 5 different Aptitudes which can be seen in the Bar Diagram of the

The score of each aptitude falls in the range of High, Medium or Low depending on the score of the Student. Each case has a different meaning i.e. if the Aptitude of the student falls in the high range then it means different to when it falls in the low range. Go through the following chart for explanation.

The Aptitudes are calculated on the scale of 10. Where
0-3 score falls in low range
4-7 score falls in average range
8- 10 score falls in high range

The next section is that of the Interest. Again in this the top three interest areas of the students are mentioned.

There are total 6 interest areas that the student is assessed on. They are:

The interest section is also calculated out of a score of 10 where:
0-3 score falls in low range
4-7 score falls in average range
8- 10 score falls in high range

The Personality Section helps to assess the personality of the person. The various types of personality traits are:


Factual people see things logically. They like information and facts. Tend to be composed and have their 'feet on the ground'. Like orderly, structured behavior. Not easily distracted, do things in a controlled way. They are objective and analytical, see the essential point. They perform at highest efficiency when employing a step-by-step approach. Good with people in small-group or one on one situation because of patience and genuinely sympathetic approach of dealing - which make them pleasant and reliable co-workers and exemplary employees.


These kinds of people are patient in waiting for things to take their time. Composed and unflustered by the events. Take things as they come. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that they want people to make sense! Have a gift for seizing opportunities, which others might not notice. In the broadest terms, what deliberates "do" tends to be what they "know". Power, position and prestige are to be worked for.


They may talk loud. Get the point across. Sometimes risk-taking, get what you want. May be seen as a 'show off' but also gain respect. May lose sight of how people are affected. Assertive kind of people are critical, demanding and take responsibility. To outsiders assertive may appear to project an aura of definiteness, of self-confidence. Your confidence is sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive. You know what you know, and perhaps still more importantly, you know that you don't know.

Gregarious persons love people, excitement, telling stories and having fun. They like many people around. Seek company. Hate to be alone. Outgoing, fun and may need to feel that they are centre of attention all the time, to reassure everyone thinks they're a wonderful and fascinating person. Social gatherings are an energy boost to them. Willingly provide service and expect the same from others.


They are lively, impulsive and spontaneous. They are spontaneous to situations which are fast moving and different. They have a natural drive for competition. "Shock effect" is a favored technique of these types to get the attention of audience. They may have real difficulty being alone, especially on a regular basis. Have ability to make strangers as friends. Have little patience with those who are wrongheaded or unintelligent, and show little restraint in demonstrating this.


Attracted to new ideas, new fashions, new gadgets ...perhaps newness of life. These kind of people are some of the most colorful storytellers. They have the gift for taking technical information and putting it into layman's term. People of your kind come with great ideas and are major asset in brain storming session. For them "new idea" is the principle of life.


People of these kinds are mild and tend. They are easy to get on with as they do not push onto others. May avoid saying what is on mind and will remain reserve. These kinds are easily wounded and are hard to please. They wear heart on their sleeves. But beneath the quite exterior, hold deep convictions about the weightier matters. Passive are selective about their friends. They are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden and can often neglect themselves and own needs for the needs of others.


These kinds of persons are self-reliant and take initiatives. They work in own way and in their own style. People of this kind can socialize but sometimes shy as they are not at ease socially. Are detached and purposeful and can make their own mind. Beneath the quite exterior, hold deep convictions about the weightier matters.
These traits are given in combinations to give the personality type of the person.

Tips: You can find a logical flow in the report like if a person gets Management as option in the career preferences then chances are very high that one of his/her motivators will be Leadership, in aptitude his/her score on Critical Dissection and Verbal will be high as compared to other aptitudes and he/she will have enterprising interest. So always try and find the logical flow in the report and subsequently to the students well.

While talking and explaining the report to the student, ask if he or she has any doubts in the report because chances are very high that the student might not ask questions from you. In that case prompt the student to ask questions, so that he or she eventually gets satisfied.

The student might even tell you that the report is incorrect and his career preferences are not correct. Explain the student that the report is standardized test and the repost is solely based on the responses that you have given in the test. Tell the students that it could be possible that the career preference of his/her choice is the 4th preference and it was not shown here because in the report only top three are represented

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