UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | April 23, 2024

Aptitude tests helpful in deciding career path

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Growing up can be such a difficult thing when having to move out and decide what you want to do.

Dixie State University has an aptitude test that could possibly get you looking in the right direction. I think it is a good idea to take the test to help make the decision a little easier and maybe even give you a little reassurance if you have already chosen what you want to do.

I actually enjoyed taking the aptitude test. It let me know that I am on the right path and that I am making the correct decisions so far on my major choice. The test just asks many different questions regarding schooling, personality, skills, enjoyments, etc. It then gives you a basic picture of what you might be good at by how you answered the questions. 

I have a declared major of criminal justice. I chose this major because I would like to go into law enforcement. While in high school I volunteered with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, and ever since then I have wanted to go into law enforcement.

My aptitude test matched me pretty well. My fourth (parole/probation officer) and sixth (police officer) results were the closest match. My first result, which didn’t match, was a child care center administrator.

I was matched as a social type or a helper type of worker in the work interest assessment. The means I would do best in a job where I am coming into contact with people.

My personality type is logical, analytical and objective. This means that I want the basic facts before making any decision. I am also able to think logically, get to the very core of a problem and solve that problem.

Taking the test was really easy. I went and talked with a career counselor on where to start and where to go after the test was complete. You can do the test from your own computer and then go to the career center and one of the counselors will help you with other questions.  

I recommend going in and at least talking with a counselor. They are located on the fifth floor of the Holland Centennial Commons. If you know what you want to do you can still take the test; it can give you some type of reassurance on your decision making process.