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Career choices

“Personal Advisers have been trained to deliver the Brain Profile with the students. Schools who have worked with the Brain Profile describe it at as a useful tool in helping young people manage their progression and career choices.”
- Gail Nash, VTplc

Making Career Choices

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Ideally, career choices should be based on what an individual is passionate about. However, it is often difficult to clearly define that passion in terms of a career, and establish what would best suit them. A wrong decision in the late teens for example may take years to correct, if ever. Understanding your thinking preferences gives an insight into the types of activities that you naturally would enjoy doing, enabling a level of passion and motivation in work that is effortless.

Young PeopleWith unprecedented opportunities at their fingertips, it is often difficult for young people to decide which career path to follow. Understanding their natural thinking preference helps to guide choices around what courses to take, or what type of work experience to explore. Ultimately helping them get into a career that they will excel at and enjoy doing.

AdultsA career change as an adult can be daunting. Making the wrong choice has more impact on life than when you were a teenager. Whether due to redundancy, or returning to work after time off, knowing your thinking preferences can help you identify your strengths to guide the next move. This will help you feel more confident when choosing courses, or when speaking to potential employers.

Personal Careers AdvisorsThe NBI Brain Profile is a valuable tool for Personal Careers Advisors. It provides unique insight and understanding into how students prefer to think, leading to a deeper understanding of who they are. This knowledge helps to create rapid rapport, and also ensures a more effective way of advising them to achieve their full potential.

Case Studies

CarlyCarly was 16 and had just finished her GCSEs at a very academic school. She didn’t know what she wanted to do and her father suggested a secretarial course at Sixth Form College. She started this course but was very unhappy. Her mother brought her to see us as Carly was losing confidence in herself and was beginning to think she wasn’t so bright afterall - despite her good GCSE results. Her Brain Profile revealed that she was right brained dominated, loved being around people, and that a secretarial path was not the right career choice for her. She got a job in a local department store as a sales assistant and was very quickly promoted to Assistant Manager.

JohnJohn was a 45 year old accountant, he was very unhappy in his job and this had repercussions in his home life. He had already been through one divorce and there were problems in his second marriage. His Brain Profile showed him to be right-brained dominated and on discussion he revealed that his decision to go into accountancy was the result of parental pressure when he was young. Whilst it was not possible to completely change direction, he decided to work part-time as an accountant and to explore other alternatives. Ultimately, he found more satisfying and people-orientated work within a charitable organisation giving advice on debt.

Guidance Services, YorkAt Guidance Services, in York, Personal Advisers have been trained to deliver the Brain Profile with the students in groups of up to 12 students. The feedback is done individually and an Action Plan created with each student.

A copy of the Action Plan is given to the school so that additional support can be given where appropriate. In all cases students are very receptive to the results as they can easily use these to help identify their preferred thinking and learning styles. It helps them to understand why they enjoy certain subjects and what to do to help them develop a higher level of competency (with the assistance of their teacher) and thereby improving personal performance. Schools who have worked with the Brain Profile describe it at as a useful tool in helping young people manage their progression.


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