What is the significance of DMIT

June 13, 2017

Twenty years back, when the term ‘career counselling’ came to India, it became a big trend among students appearing for board exams. Parents lined up with their wards outside schools offering free career counselling sessions. A small aptitude test and few questions later, multiple handouts and pamphlets advertising various courses were offered in return. But they didn’t serve the purpose. These generic, non-personalised tests did not give concrete career choices as expected. More often than not, this left the children and parents more bewildered than before.

Even today, the 10th and 12th standard exams are considered sanctum sanctorum and parents go any length to ensure their child is putting his best foot forward. Unclear of the career option that lies ahead, most children are bracketed into ‘science’, ‘arts’ and ‘commerce’  stream based on their scores, not keenness.

What are developed countries doing?

Top educational countries of the world are light years ahead in exposing children to a plethora of career options. Then why are Indian parents still fascinated by career choices such as engineering, medicine, law and accounting? Finland, one of the leading countries in education is shaping its future with meticulous planning. The education system encourages parents and teachers to identify innate talents among each child at as early as 5 years of age. Using the right methodology, parents and teachers then expose the child to various possible interests over and above academia. Depending upon their preferred learning style, the approach ensures that the child’s core competencies are strengthened.

The Chinese have a much focussed approach to channelize their children’s interest in the right direction. They encourage exploring various industries and occupational interests as early as at 14 years of age. Chinese parents believe that a child should have a general idea of which direction their career is headed is must by the time they are ready to pursue higher education. Similar to IQ (intelligence quotient) they also term the ability to understand the right career option as CQ (career quotient).

At the primary and secondary levels, education sector in India is still largely focussed on a quantitative approach than a qualitative one. Providing access to education and retaining students in schools and colleges is at the forefront of all policies. Attention to quality education that creates huge talent pool will take time to appear on the agenda. Even noteworthy start-ups in the ed-tech sector cater to problems such as teacher training, accelerated learning programs, e-learning and school management services. Only a handful solve the imminent grassroots problem of channelizing children’s inborn talents into their strengths.

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What we can do for our kids

The future lies in a holistic learning approach to education. Providing students the opportunity to point their learning in the right direction is the need of the hour. Taking a cue from other nations, we need to apply early stage career development strategies into our teaching techniques. Teachers along with parents need to identify and observe strengths, traits, and inborn talent of children from an age of 6 or 7 years. The following 4 – 5 years should then be used to develop core strengths the child possesses.

This enables children to make a career choice more confidently and independently. This is best done when children have a good understanding about their interest early on. Aptitude profiling tests such as the DMIT provides insights into the thinking patterns and character traits of each child. The DMIT test is a proven scientific method that studies patterns in the brain based on the individual’s fingerprints. Studies have revealed that fingerprints are closely linked with mid brain activation and development.

The DMI test gives a good acumen on unknown potential and congenital intelligence of a child. Once the findings are known, parents can work together with teachers to individualise the learning pattern based on every child’s capability. Among all psychometric profiling tests available in the market, DMI test has been proven to be faster, convenient and with greater reliability.

The biggest advantage though, is that the test is applicable even for children in elementary years. A child as young as 6 years old can take the test without having to undergo any pressure while doing so. The last generation took decisions based on mainstream career options such as medicine, engineering, law and accounting. However, exposure to internet and technology has opened up multiple options for our children to consider. Let’s help them make the right career choice and build a generation that is passionate about its work.

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