The Career Gate Test K.17 is a modern, scientific, automated test which investigates and maps out the personality and defines with accuracy the real inclinations, preferences and occupations best suited to an individual, as they correspond to two levels of studies: a) education of higher or even postgraduate level (H.E.) and b) vocational education. It also points out which of these occupations have increased or limited prospects in the labour market of the next decade. The test also incorporates a sincerity test; therefore if a user is not honest when answering the questions, the system’s software will not issue results.
The processing of the questionnaire’s answers is carried out through a personal computer in an easy and simple way that lasts approximately thirty minutes. The user answers with “yes” or “no” to easy questions of interest and preferences like: “Would you be interested in learning how an electrical machine works?”, “Would you be interested in teaching children?” “Would you like to take a photo of a landscape?”, etc. The answers are automatically assembled in a special file of software and may be printed out in an elegant form of 50-60 pages in A4 scheme with colored histograms, tables and comprehensive texts. The answers are sent via internet to the system’s central computers, where they are being processed and the conclusion, in the form of an individualized personal report, is printed out at a local level.
The personal report of the test, contains the following:
- A properly designed front page, mentioning the name of the person taking the test and the state authority responsible for it.
- An introductory letter signed by the leader of the state authority responsible for the test included in the first page of the personal report.
- Personal details of the person taking the test, user location, time, etc.
- Honesty degree of the answers of the person taking the test (in case of a lower percentage than 70%, no personal report is provided and the test must be taken again).
- Dispersion of the user’s personality factors, of his/her interests and occupational inclinations in Holland’s six psychological types: realistic, investigating, artistic, social, enterprising, conventional.
- Measurement of the user’s self-image (self-esteem) and of determination and leadership potential of the person taking the test.
- Dispersion of the user’s occupational inclinations in the seventeen general occupational categories of the classification K.17 elaborated in the test.
- Dispersion of the person’s occupational inclinations in the thirty-three predominant occupations, which correspond to education of higher or even postgraduate level.
- Dispersion of the user’s occupational inclinations regarding the twenty four predominant occupations, which correspond to the level of vocational education.
- Forecasts about the increased or limited occupational prospects of the predominant professions that match the user’s personality in the Egyptian and international labour market.
- Definition of the range of outlets of one profession to other professions or specialties.
- Accompanying colored histograms and tables with analytical, comprehensive texts.
Following special provisions and the incorporation of certain answers in the questionnaire of the test, the personal report may also include other factors, such as basic abilities (ie linguistic, arithmetic, mechanical, etc).
Promotion and distribution
Automated tests of career guidance are a new development on a world wide basis. Previously there existed similar tests applied with hand writing, which is an expensive and long procedure, not recommended for massive and reliable applications. Our test has been developed and tested ever since the year 2001 and is being distributed widely in the last years through a network of associates and certified career counselors, of public and private authorities, schools, municipalities, educational and career guidance centers in Greece, Cyprus and other countries. The test is distributed in various languages via web pages and in particular, there have been wide discussions regarding its promotion in China, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, France, G. Britain and in certain Arab countries.
Prof. Chris Jecchins, has stated that “the specific test is an excellent reliable and modern tool for the proper occupational orientation of our children”. The Mayor of the town of Acharnae stated that “he believes in the virtues of the test in relation to the pupil’s greatest decision concerning their future in life” The top career counselor and sociologist-researcher Nikos Fakiolas refered to the test as “a modern, exceptionally useful personality radiography and reliable tool for career decision making and the fight against unemployment”.
In Cyprus, the Ministry of Education and Civilization, following a public, international tender, subsidized by European Union funds, provides the test to all the state schools. The head of the Counseling and Career Education Service of the above Ministry, Chrystalla Nikolaou, stated that “ After one school year of using the Career Gate Test K.17 in the Upper Secondary Schools of Cyprus and at the Central Offices of the Service in the Cyprus M.O.E.C. the following can be concluded:
- The test worked successfully for both, males and females, high schoolers, college students and other youngsters.
- Although, is still soon to have an objective research on the test´ s effects on the Cyprus user population, it seems that as an Interest Inventory it promoted the students´ / youngsters´ self understanding and increased the number of educational / vocational alternatives needed to be further explored and considered by them. Additionally the test provided useful information about studying at a Tertriary Education level, as well as about future vocational prospects in the Labour Market.
- The «Career Gate Test K.17» is easily administered computerized test and, as reported by students its program is a friendly user program.
- Additionally, the «Career Gate Test K.17» seems to meet successfully the following purposes: 1) to multiply the number of people a counsellor serves, 2) to positively contribute to an effective educational / career Counselling, 3) to enhance the personal development of the students, so as to make the appropriate educational / vocational choices for themselves.
The Career Gate Test K.17 has been designed according to economic, psychometric and educational data and is based on internationally accepted theories such as that of John Holland and many years of research and special findings by a scientific team under the auspices of Theodore Katsanevas Ph.D (L.S.E) M.A. (Warwick), Professor of labour economics and of career guidance at the University of Piraeus and Athens. The test is worthy of credit, valid, brief and comprehensive, it has been evaluated and tested with success and can contribute scientifically to the most important life decision, that of the right choice for studies and professional future. The test has been evaluated by about 10.500 persons mainly students of secondary education and its validity was checked scientifically with a large number of systematic empirical observations, with excellent results. Test-retest reliability coefficient for the dispersion of personality factors in Holland’s six personality types was found to be .91 Test-retest reliability coefficient for the dispersion of personality factors in the classification K-17 was found to be .92.