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College & Careers with SOI

TESTING FOR POTENTIAL

SOI matches careers to your profile of abilities. Help high school students, college students, and adults think about their careers! The SOI test produces a profile of learning abilities for the client.

Those abilities are then compared to the abilities required for specific careers. The purpose of the comparison is to show the clients where their potential might be used in the work force. SOI assessments identify students at risk for college completion with Continue reading “College & Careers with SOI”

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SOI Career Guidance

Two recent private female clients of mine, both historically considered “misfits” by their schools and parents, took the SOI-ALA computer test. I was struck by the similarities in profiles: high creativity (DFU & DMU) and low evaluation.

My mother, Mary Meeker, identified years ago a pattern of the struggling creatively gifted. Both of these girls have had difficulty keeping jobs and finding work that was meaningful. Both had creativity scores above the 98th percentile. Evaluation scores were below the 10th percentile. They both reported that they not only cannot make good decisions about the jobs they choose, but that they are indecisive on the job and often get criticized or fired because of indecision. They also have both chosen poorly in their social lives with boyfriends and friends.

While it is never easy to deliver the news to a client that they have a severe learning disability, if done in the right way, it can be very helpful, as it was with each of my clients. Remember to use the “sandwich approach,” which is positive-negative-positive.

“So, Jayne, the SOI test confirms that you are gifted in creative writing, and you should finish that book proposal! However, were you aware that making decisions is not your strength? It is probably something you have struggled with your whole life. We can help you develop those abilities. In our philosophy, a disability is simply an opportunity to develop a true learning ability. We can do this together. We also found that your creative drawing ability is fantastic!”

And so we began to train intellectual abilities that support the psychotherapy.

written by: Valerie Maxwell, Ph.D., Psychologist

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Career Counseling for a Millennial: SOI ALA-PLA

A 28 year old young man came to me for therapy for anxiety. He graduated the University of Florida in engineering, but could only find a job in sales. He reported that he was an introvert, hated his job, and was a “failure at asking for help,” so he felt stuck and very anxious. I taught him meditation, relaxation strategies, and CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) for anxiety. Needless to say, his self-esteem was in the toilet. If he had been depressed and anxious in the beginning, he was even more so once he lost his job (the next time I saw him he had been fired). I suggested he take the SOI Career Test on the computer.

His comprehension, memory, and problem-solving were at the “exceptional” level. Even his decision-making (evaluation) was high average. He was stunned! In fact, 16 of his SOI abilities were at the gifted level. His career choices were so beneath his ability – such as flight attendant. Accountant, computer programmer, and engineer came out the highest.

We discussed applications of his great abilities. I suggested cyber security or hydro engineering (we live in California – water is more important than gold). He resisted. He thought he could “only be an Uber driver.” His self esteem was so beaten up. He took a week to think about the results of the SOI test.

When he returned to therapy the next week, he said: “I’ve got my Mojo back! I registered for a Master’s program in hydrology!! I even quit my Uber job. I calculated my earnings: $9.32 an hour! I quit! I don’t even need therapy; I just need to go forward, confront my fears, and do what I love!”

It’s amazing what the bar graph of trigraphs can actually do for a person’s self-esteem!

written by: Valerie Maxwell, Ph.D., Psychologist

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SOI and Employment Training

SOI has been used successfully in many employment training programs.

Here in Canada, statistics in 2003 pointed to 41% low literacy rates (not much changed from 1994 and projected to continue well on into the future).

Some years ago, a government initiative called Essentials Skills for Workplace Employability was implemented to address these literacy concerns. Key areas of development were identified. Continue reading “SOI and Employment Training”

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What Career is Right for You?

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A firefighter? Doctor? Teacher? Football player? Veterinarian?

Many of us knew what we wanted to be when we grew up. Some of us made that dream a reality, and some of us took a new path.

Choosing a career for the first (or second or third) time can be a daunting task. There are so many choices. So many important decisions to make.

SOI provides a unique opportunity for individuals to evaluate their career potential. Continue reading “What Career is Right for You?”