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Aiming to bridge real-life interview experiences, the College has created platforms for students to gain a better understanding of their skills linked to key jobs and sectors.

Psychometric tests help to identify key skills, knowledge and personality and are often used during the preliminary screening stages of interview processes, or part linked to an assessment task of pre-employment. They are objective, convenient and convey strong indicators of job performance - making them very popular with large recruiters.

During National Careers Week over 600 students completed online psychometric tests which empowered them to think about how their skills, knowledge and personality match up with career aspirations, based on their talents, personal values, lifestyle and several other factors.

Public Services student, George, said, “I was unsure of what kind of career to pursue in Public Services and having completed the psychometric test, it allowed me to explore and gain an opportunity to better understand my key strengths by reviewing my personality traits and behaviours and how they can be mapped when planning my next steps”.

The College continues to drive the introduction of technology that is supportive of a learning environment.

Director of Learner Experience and Marketing, Amir Ahmed, said, “Psychometric tests are increasingly being used to distinguish talent as the job market becomes even more competitive and key sectors such as finance, technology and the civil service have already built psychometrics tests into their recruitment processes. With this is mind, we want to replicate real-life experiences for our students and, more importantly, get them to explore the skills and behaviours required to be successful to land their dream job”.

Waltham Forest College continues to develop the career package on offer to students and the impact of this work has been noted in the most recent successful whole College matrix accreditation, demonstrating the high quality and consistent strength of the College’s career information, advice and guidance services for students and apprentices that has led to very good achievement rates, including high grades, with outstanding positive destinations.

If you would like to become a member of #TeamForest please visit the website for more information on courses and how to apply: www.waltham.ac.uk

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