What Are My Natural Talents?
Pathfinders Professional Career Aptitude Test: Our Top Rated Career Test for Adults & College Students —
How do I go about choosing my career direction, which way should I turn? Figuring out what career paths you are best at has largely been a drawn out trial-and-error process. There’s a better, faster way. Finding your direction or “natural element” requires a very precise inner compass, and that’s knowing your cognitive abilities, natural talents and strengths, and especially how these combine with your personality traits.
Do you wish that someone could objectively guide you to discover your natural talents and career strengths?
Pathfinders offers a state-of-the-art career aptitude test that reveals and helps you understand all of your inborn career strengths, so you can confidently steer your career in the right direction. Both of our Careerfinder programs, Classic and Plus, combine career aptitude testing and expert, one-to-one career coaching to interpret your natural talent profile. Anthony Spadafore, a professional career choice specialist, helps you zero in on your career path and find your way forward.
Pathfinders can help you maximize your ability to stand out into today’s hyper-competitive job market, find work you love and long-term success on a career path that plays to your core strengths.
A professional career aptitude test makes all the difference
Our professional career test is profoundly different and much more advanced than the basic “self-assessment” career quizzes you get in school or free online; most are not really “tests” but interest surveys or multiple choice questionnaires that tell you stuff you already know about yourself.
Our career assessment test engages your aptitudes in a series of timed cognitive psychometric “performance” tests to measure the strengths (and weaknesses) that Mother Nature gave you. It assesses the stuff you “don’t know that you don’t know” about yourself.
For example, our career testing battery of 13 aptitude tests includes a performance test to measure your mental 3-D visualization or “spatial ability.” As the New York Times recently reported, scientific studies by cognitive psychologists have found that spatial ability is going largely unrecognized in the educational system—most people don’t know whether they have it or not—yet is a critical talent that accurately predicts excellence in medicine, science, engineering, math, high technology and computer science fields (as well as spatial arts like filmmaking, architecture and industrial design).
Your strengths are a much better compass than your interests
Many of Pathfinders’ clients are highly educated but not-so-happy professionals who attended top colleges but still haven’t figured out what they really want to be when they grow up. They chose their career path based on advice from friends and family or a rough idea of what they were “interested” in, but didn’t think hard enough about what their career would actually looked like in practice. They married a blind date. Well down the road toward the future that their younger self dreamed of, many find themselves confused, directionless, or pretending to like what they do.
Although interests can be good clues to what you’re good at, knowing your strengths will help you decide which of your interests are rooted in “who you are” and sustainable over the long haul. Interests are like the leaves on a tree and change with the seasons; they are not the source of what makes you tick. Natural talents are the roots of the tree; hidden from view, they are the source of your inborn abilities and natural strengths. Trying to figure out your career path without a clear picture of your strengths is like trying to navigate without a map or GPS system.
Pathfinders can give you a refined understanding of how your strengths and abilities combine into a natural talent profile—a highly accurate career compass that helps you to find and hone your career direction. When it comes to achieving professional excellence and happily sustaining it over the long run, the trick is to nurture your nature—push your strengths and work at what already comes naturally.
In addition to a state-of-the-art career path test to help your discover your natural strengths, Pathfinders offers personalized, scalable programs that guide you through the process of choosing a career direction and making the transition to a new career. We’ve helped thousands of people get on the right career track. Contact us to explore a fit with your career situation.