Simple Personality Test Recommendation

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By , September 18, 2017

In my previous blog post, I wrote about how people need to know more about themselves to more mindfully navigate the courses of their lives.  Work and careers make up a huge portion of our daily lives, and so, it is important to find working lives that align well with the rest of the greater whole that makes a person whom he or she is.

Over the last year, I have become familiar with a number of different personality profiling theories. One I recently learned about is based on the work of Dr. John Holland, an American psychologist.  He developed the Holland Occupational Themes, and his framework postulates that all personalities are made up of a combination of six base categories.  An individual’s top three categories help to paint a picture of what occupations and work environments could best be suited to that person’s personality.

Please try a Holland personality test HERE.  Based on pictures, it’s quick to complete, free of charge, and it’s just plain interesting to see one’s results.  Unlike some web tests, you need not provide an email address.  You’ll be presented with four tiles depicting images of occupations or activities.  Your task is to pick your favourite of the four and indicate this with a check mark and to pick your least favourite, indicating with a red X.  I like how it’s so simple; this can easily be done with even elementary students, and in the event that a child is unsure about what is associated with a particular occupation tile, they can always explore the internet or ask an adult for further clarity before picking a response.

At the end of the personality test, a breakdown of the test taker’s personality type is revealed, along with occupation recommendations that suit his or her custom type.

If you’re a teacher, I recommend you try this with your students.  If you’re a parent, I recommend you try this with your family.  If you’re a human, I recommend you try this for your own self-understanding 🙂

FYI, Holland’s personality categories include:

R- Realistic: “Doers”- practical, hands-on, mechanical, etc.

I- Investigative: “Thinkers”- explorative, inquisitive, introspective, etc.

A- Artistic: “Creators”- sensitive, intuitive, expressive, etc.

S- Social: “Helpers”- working in service to others, kind, interpersonal, etc.

E- Enterprising: “Persuaders”- business-oriented tasks, managing, ambitious, etc.

C- Conventional: “Organizers”- working with data, logical, conscientious, etc.

To learn more, please click the link here.  What is your own personalized “Holland Code”?

A More Humanistic Approach to Education

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By , September 11, 2017

Wikipedia: “Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism and empiricism)”

In my years as an educator, I have always believed in the power of the potential of human beings.  I would argue that what should be connoted with the phrase “human being” ought to be a profound understanding and appreciation that each and every one of us is perfectly imperfect as we are in this exact moment, each in our own unique ways, with our very own histories, contexts, and desires.  With each soul holding on to such individual, and one of a kind truths, it begs that in the education world, teachers try to get to know the tales of each of the young people they teach. A good teacher tries to make human to human connections with their students and tries to get to know them as people.  This philosophy was clear to me early in my career, when I was a science teacher.  Later, as I moved on to teach in the AVID program, and then after that, in the district’s Career Education program, this appreciation dug in even deeper.

What I have recently put together as a career educator is that widespread, curricular career education needs to be made available to students also through a humanistic lens.  In addition to delivery to students in a recursive manner, career education should ask young people to learn about themselves. I was excited to learn last year that self-inquiry is one of British Columbia’s new education curriculum’s core competencies.  Students must know WHO THEY ARE (self-awareness of one’s values, interests, strengths, limitations, etc.), and this self-inquiry and career education should be recursive, of course, because people and the contexts they’re in CHANGE constantly.

Combined with self-knowledge, young people also need opportunities to access information about potential paths, and opportunities to practice skills that they will need on each respective, individualized path worked in throughout the courses of their educational experiences.

Community gatherings where we celebrate the career accomplishments of our young people are a regular occurrence in School District 60.

Further, another humanistic approach: learning directly from the experiences of others in one’s own local context is beneficial to students. Community engagement is a vital link here, because it is from members of the community that students can learn from first hand, the daily life realities of various career or education options.  This is where we tap into the inherent strength of a human collective. This is an area in which School District 60 has done well historically, but of course, there is always room for wider spread use of this teaching strategy throughout more classrooms, and the District welcomes more local companies and organizations to liaise with us in providing access to career path information through events like Career Days or guest speaking engagements.

Karis T. was a gold medal winner in the regional Skills Canada competition in February 2017. We celebrate the stories of our young people!

If you’d like to work with us in giving the gift of information to young people as they make decisions that affect their futures, please contact the School District 60 Careers department at 250-262-6027 or 250-261-8203.

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