Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Road Traveled: Was Becoming an Educator the Right Career Move for You? an Old Career-Planning Profiler Indicates It Was for Me

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Road Traveled: Was Becoming an Educator the Right Career Move for You? an Old Career-Planning Profiler Indicates It Was for Me

Article excerpt

"WHAT WOULD YOU BE if you had not gone into education?"

I was asked to contemplate this very question prior to going on an organizational retreat years ago, and I imagined that my answer, along with the answers of all the other participants, would be used as an icebreaker. My response came easily: a rock 'n' roll star. Done with that, I went on to more substantive matters, such as the company budget.

Later that day, while digging through my unruly file cabinet, I saw a folder with a bunch of memorabilia from my old school days. Among the elementary school report cards and their reminders of my inability to stay quiet and attentive in class, I found this: Profile Sheet for the Kuder Preference Record--Vocational.

The Kuder Preference Records are still around, and there must be more than a hundred Kuder tests listed on the company's website (www.kuder.com). The one I still remember vividly from the time I took it at age 16 was a forced-choice test in which I, along with an auditorium full of my peers, was asked whether I preferred one activity over another, such as, "Do you prefer hiking in the woods or reading a book?"

I still recall sitting in the auditorium with a lapboard that sat on the arms of my chair and was propped on the back of the seat in front of me, and using a pushpin to poke a hole in each circle beside the answer of my choice. For the 1960s, that was high-tech. Now you can take some of those same tests on the web.

I also remember the feeling I got a month later, when the tests were returned and I plotted my results on the profile sheet. …

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