About Our Professional Career Testing
Pathfinders offers a professional, unique and powerful aptitude assessment tool as part of our Careerfinder programs. We guide you to discover your “natural” talents, abilities and traits.
What are talents?
The conventional idea is that a small number of people are “talented” or smarter. A newer model of intelligence is that all people are smart, just in different ways. A good analogy for how talents work is a sound-mixing board with 16 channels. Each channel represents one aptitude. What makes us different is the varying “level” or strength of each aptitude. Your particular “mix” or combination of aptitudes and traits is what makes you a unique individual with a distinct personality.
All of us have the complete set of essential brain gears or aptitude “potentials” that govern how we perceive, think and understand the world; every human mind comes stock with the same fundamental hardware. What makes as really good at certain things is our particular mix of strengths and weaknesses.
Our brain’s unique mix of natural abilities is just as varied as a our physical attributes. For example, we can glean some insights into cognitive talents by observing how physical talents operate; it’s obvious we all have varying abilities in the sports domain. Although we’re born the same basic equipment (two arms, two legs, etc), we’re clearly suited to do better in some sports and not in others. Science physiologists who study excellence in sports performance found that the olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was born with extra large hands, feet, short legs relative to his torso length, and above average lung capacity. His combination of physical talents give him the profile of the perfect speed swimmer, his body is like a “human canoe,” which made it enjoyable for him to practice mastering his sport for decades. Anecdotally, we know there’s a spectrum of natural talents across the sports world, but most schools don’t think of brain smarts in the same, highly diversified way.
For both mind and body, honing your natural talents with lots of practice makes perfect. Your talents are “raw” potentials until you challenge and gradually develop them. The stuff that comes naturally to you will be enjoyable to learn and master. The key point here is that people who can “sustain” their motivation and drive for decades are constantly engaging and stretching their stronger, natural potentials. This explains why interests that are not rooted in your stronger innate talents and traits tend to fade over time.
What aptitudes does the test measure?
The program features a very comprehensive aptitude and personality testing instrument that measures a battery of 16 innate abilities and traits (including your personality type). There are only a few professional organizations in the world that offer career testing at this level of sophistication, and Pathfinders is out in front.
Our Careerfinder programs includes the following set of talents and traits. Each talent or ability is professional measured with a timed cognitive performance test as part of our top-rated natural ability battery:
- Tribal ↔ Maestro — Social Orientation Continuum
- Extrovert ↔ Introvert — Personality Characteristic Continuum
- Spatial → Tangible → Non-spatial — 3D – Concrete – Conceptual
- Diagnostic Reasoning — Inductive problem solving
- Analytical, Logical Reasoning — Deductive problem solving
- Rate of Idea Flow — Speed of idea generation and concentration
- Visualizing Possibilities — Forethought, visual imagination
- Visual Dexterity — Eye for detail & work time-frame horizon
- Associative Memory — Language Memory
- Number Memory — All-purpose Memory
- Design Memory — Visual Memory
- Manual Speed, Accuracy — Finger and hand agility (musicians, surgeons, dentists, etc)
- Personality Temperament — NF, NT, SF, ST
- Personality Type Indicator — ENFP, INFP, INTP, INTJ, etc
- Personality Group — Introverted Maestro, Extroverted Tribal, etc
- Talent Ballpark — Spatial NF, Non-spatial NT, etc
What do I get from the program?
The outcome of Careerfinder aptitude assessment and consultation is your natural talent profile and highly customized recommendations of several well-suited career paths for your unique combination of abilities.
This program includes a 1.5-hour talent profile consultation with a highly experienced career consultant, Anthony Spadafore, co-author of Now What? and leader in the aptitude testing field. You would work directly with Anthony to discuss your natural talent and personality mix, as well as your overall career situation and aspirations.
What our clients are saying
Our clients tell us they had lots of fun learning how to navigate the career world using their abilities and traits, and many say the finally feel completely understood. Some clients tell us stories of how their new self-knowledge gave them the confidence to optimize their relationships in other areas of their life (finding the love of your life gets easier too!). The Careerfinder programs will help you drastically narrow the swing on the compass needle to the direction that is your own true north. After working with us, many delighted highly educated adults say it feels amazing to know who they are and what they’re best at.
Knowing what career fields you’re cut out for begins with discovering your innate mix of talents and natural abilities. The 1 in 10 who are masterful at what they do have one thing in common, they are practicing and pushing their natural gifts to reach their full potential.