Psychological evaluation to aid students to choose the right career
Colombia has a 47% college drop-out rate. This is due, in part, to the fact that high school graduates poorly choose their college majors due to a lack of appropriate counseling. The UN hopes to change that.Bogotá D. C., 13 de agosto de 2012 — Agencia de Noticias UN-
The vocational test is given at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia by experts from the Psychology Department.
In Colombia the college drop-out rate is 47%, due in part, to a lack of vocational counseling of high school graduates.
Psychologists, mathematicians and systems engineers are improving this professional career selection tool which was created by Professor Carlos Acosta, of the Human Sciences Faculty.
The mid-term goal is for this resource to produce enough statistical data on national trends to aid students when choosing a professional career. Unimedios
Carlos Acosta, Psychology Department professor, designed a methodological instrument which will allow young people to choose the correct professional career path, based on their personal interests, skills, personality, market demands, and available educational opportunities in Colombia.
“The working world demands even more educated people, with highly developed capabilities and cognitive strategies. Unfortunately, high school graduates in Colombia have many obstacles to clear in order to do what they would really like to do. As a result, 47 out of every 100 students abandon their college careers, and others don’t even apply. Some others choose their careers because it’s the current trend, or due to family pressures, while others simply do not have the correct information to make an informed decision”, says Acosta.
This new psychological evaluation tool increases their exposure to career selection information, effective fields of action in various disciplines, and the competencies needed to enter them. This is a matter of taking a test, and answering questions which allow us to define their optimal career options.
The test covers eight topics, which will ultimately offer people first, second and third career paths.
“The tool is very useful for high school graduates from regions without much access to many informational resources. We have already used this tool in several schools in the Provinces of Chocó, Guajira and other rather isolated towns in Santander, and Norte de Santander, with outstanding results. The test is also available on the web page of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia for those students who wish to enter our educational institution”, says the researcher.
The mid-term goal is for this resource to produce enough statistical data on trends around the country for analysis when choosing a career path. We also hope that it will help higher education institutions to improve their current educational offerings, which might allow for more students to continue studying, and to ultimately graduate.
People interested in taking the test (at a cost of COP $8,000) can go to the web page of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (http://www.unal.edu.co) and click on the link “UN Pago Virtual”, then “Catálogo de Servicios Sede Bogotá” and “Facultad de Ciencias Humanas” and follow the instructions.
For more information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (57-1) 316 50 00, ext. 16339.(Por: Fin/CAPG/sup