Organización Sicológica y Espiritual de Ayuda Social - Vocational Counseling
Organización Sicológica y Espiritual de Ayuda Social - "Yo les traeré sanidad y medicina; y los curaré" Jeremías 33:6a
Vocational Counseling

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
 
One of the things that gives the most tension to parents and legal guardians of students in their senior year in my office is the process of preparation or transition to university life. However, its not a process that should be done hastily... or in twelfth grade. What’s recommended is to initiate this process when your son or daughter is in ninth grade. This is the time where questions and challenges should be initiated that leads your adolescent to establish goals in the short and long term. Goals pertaining to their grade point average, visualizing themselves in that which they want to study or work as an adult, what does he/she desires of him/herself and of life. Encourage dreams, without mocking or discouraging him/her. You will be surprised of what an inspired adolescent can accomplish. Even by how tedious it can be (for those parents that work) move as a parent/legal guardian to be open so that your child can be evaluated psychoeducationally and psicoemotionally (if your child has never made one or the one your child has is more than three year old). Take him/her to take rigor exams like: eye exam, hearing test, and blood tests. In my experience, a lot of the students with low academic progress have never been evaluated with rigor or psicoeducative tests and have compensated (until their tools run out). Compensate means that they have an area of need not identified, that the body move to cover it by other mecanisms, but its ignorance of it does not allow the person to work at its full potential. When the presence of some diagnostic or area of difficulty is known, sustained therapy, the adequate use of eyeglasses and accessories or a timely school change can be facilitated for them (not all students function in schools that offer traditional learning, because they are another generation that learns in different ways than ours). 

The transition to university life is not something that you should expect to happen on its own, you as a responsible parent should encourage that curiosity in your son or daughter, accompanied by opportunities that you yourself promote so your adolescent will start exposing him or herself to the university, careers, opportunities, diversity, work and spiritual experiences. In the work issue, we know that the law in Puerto Rico prohibits the employment of minors, nonetheless your son or daughter can start to expose themselves to extracurricular experiences outside of the school environment by participating as a volunteer inside of: faith communities, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic clubs, research centers, and historical or environmental reserves, among many others. Another alternative is making possible that they participate in camps organized by universities or companies aimed at career exploration or areas of study. In the spiritual aspects, recent investigations expose the benefits of volunteering for stress management, better lifestyles, and the development of protective factors. We can’t forget that for those of us that are Christians a life in Christ will allow us to reach the plan and design of God for our life, offering that something additional called purpose and feeding our reason to be.

In this page there will be information that will facilitate the process. 



Career Testing Can Help Direct the Directionless By Peter Vogt, Monster Senior 
 
Testing Options
  • Strong Interest Inventory (SII): The SII is all about your interests, or what you like to do. You answer questions about various activities, and then the test results suggest some general-interest areas and specific occupations you may want to consider. You also wind up with a sense of where your interests lie in six broad areas: social (helping, instructing), investigative (researching, analyzing), conventional (accounting, processing data), artistic (creating or enjoying art), enterprising (selling, managing) and realistic (building, repairing).
 
  • Self-Directed Search (SDS): Similar in scope to the SII but shorter and quicker, the SDS is another popular tool that measures your interests and points you toward -- or away from -- the six areas listed above.
 
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): The MBTI measures your personality -- in essence, what makes you tick. The first of its four scales tells you how you prefer to focus your attention -- whether you're extroverted or introverted. The other scales measure how you look at things (sensing versus intuitive), how you generally make decisions (thinking versus feeling) and how you deal with the world around you (judging versus perceiving). Combined, this information can help you understand what type of work you'd like to do, with whom, how, why and even where.
 
(CAPS): The CAPS is one of the few career tests that does have right and wrong answers, and it is also timed. Essentially, you attempt to answer questions in eight different areas -- ranging from mechanical reasoning and spatial relations to verbal reasoning and language usage -- all in a predetermined amount of time. When you're done, you have a wonderful idea of where your natural abilities lie. You haven't just guessed about them -- you've actually demonstrated them, if only on a test.
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