Our programme methodology
Our programmes are designed to help students make better, more informed education and career decisions. They combine guidance materials, self-assessments, independent and objective appraisals to reveal students’ interests, abilities, motivations, attitudes and values. The assessments are provided through a mix of questionnaires, tests, qualifications, interviews and teacher evaluations.
- Students are still developing, and although some aspects of personality may be fairly stable, others change with experience and learning. Courses and jobs have many facets, and different personalities, learning and thinking styles can be effective in different aspects of a job. It is very, very unusual for one personality type or one style of thinking to be the only one relevant to a subject or profession.
- People can adapt their behaviour to cope with different personality types and styles of thinking and learning if they are sufficiently motivated.
- Assumptions are often made about the relationship of preferred personality types and learning and thinking styles to job success which turn out to be wrong.
- Personality assessment is a highly skilled activity. We consider it unsafe to provide personality assessments to untrained individuals who are in danger of over-interpreting or mis-using such information.
- Providing simplified feedback on personality test results or assessments of learning and thinking styles are likely to mis-represent the student.
This is why, at MyFutureChoice, we focus on information about the achievements, abilities, motivations and attitudes of students that we do collect and that provide genuine value when it comes to guiding them.
Psychometric evaluation and test validation
We place the technical quality of all our careers programmes and aptitude tests high on our list of priorities.
Dr Charles Johnson, a well-established professional psychologist, ensures all our programmes are psychometrically sound, which means that each interest questionnaire and aptitude test we use has been shown to be valid and reliable in helping students select appropriate career areas.
We conduct regular surveys into students’ AS, A level or IB selections and their eventual career paths, comparing them with the careers areas and subject choices originally produced in the reports. These checks ensure we are confident that our programmes continue to meet the highest psychometric standards.