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Test your aptitude

A psychology student found her calling in computer engineering. Can these tests work for you too?

education Updated: Oct 25, 2011 17:34 IST

Had it not been for a test similar to the Hindustan Times Career Quotient Test being conducted till October 31 this year (in association with Youngbuzz), Anisha Jain would have been studying psychology instead of computer engineering after Class 12. Ask her how the transition from psychology to computer engineering happened and Jain says, “I knew what I was good at, but I needed a second opinion and, therefore, took the test. It had a variety of questions on ‘find the differences’, ‘sequence and series’, ‘arithmetic’, ‘vocabulary’ etc. When I gave the test, I was confused between arts and science because I could get into arts after doing science but I knew that doing the reverse would be difficult. After the test, during my interactions with the counsellors, I told them that despite my confusion what was important to me was that I wanted a well-paying job after college. After giving me a patient hearing and analysing my test, they told me that I had a good aptitude for computer engineering and it would help me get a good job after college. That was it, my mind was made up,” adds she.

The counselling also helped Jain’s sister. “She scored 95% in the Class 10 exams, but instead of science she wanted to take up arts. When the elders in the family had reservations against her decision, she took the test to prove that she had a great aptitude for arts and that her choice was right, says Jain.

“The tests really helped my daughters,” says Simmi, Jain’s mother. “The most surprising bit was the clarity with which the test gives your results and analyses the composition of your mind. I am happy that my daughters are doing well.”

Make an informed choice through the test
Take the Hindustan Times Career Quotient 2011 test. If you are a student aged between 13 to 18 years, and want to know about what career suits you depending on your interest, aptitude and personality. To take the test, send an email to htcareerquotient@ gmail.com or SMS CQ <name email ID> (e.g. CQ Riya Kapur riyakapur@xyz.com) to 5424211 Once a login ID is sent to you, log on to www.htcareerquotient.com and take the test. The last date test is October 31. From the test you can get:
* Your top three career recommendations
* A clear-cut road map for your careers
* Information on your aptitude, strengths and weaknesses
* Advice on work values and traits that are important in your chosen field

The counsellors said computer engineering would help me get a good job Anisha Jain, Class 12 student