Have you ever attempted to plan your career? If so, how did you approach it?

Most people just look around and choose an occupation, which is popular within their family or social environment or a job that is accessible and tested over generations. It is then, sometimes trouble begins…

Why is it so important to plan our career? How do we fit our needs with the job market requirements?

Let’s look at what main factors go into choosing a career?

  1. Your Personality: are you a calm person or outgoing? Perhaps your relatives enjoy being librarians but if you have quite a temper, the slow work environment will make you implore.
  2. Your Interests: is your family business orientated? If you understand poetry better than stock charts, don’t follow your family’s advice.
  3. Your Values: your family may think that the social service is a common value and everybody dreams being a local GP. Meanwhile, you instead secretly admire plastic surgeons and their posh cars…
  4. Your Skills: your parents advise you to follow a career in finance. Yes, you are great with numbers but even better at combining pieces of clothing together in a way nobody can miss you in the street. And you just love fashion
  5. Your Location and Background: everybody knows that Oxford is a cradle for a literary genius. However, J.K. Rowling never graduated at Oxford, furthermore she was a single mother on benefits. Why should you give up your dreams if you weren’t born privileged?
  6. Your Contacts: once you have an idea of what would you like to do, it’s worth revising your family’s address book. Perhaps the unknown Uncle your mother sends a Christmas card to every year is a chemistry geek, and your biggest wish is to have a career in the pharmaceutical industry?
  7. Your Qualifications: Is a GSCE enough to become an accountant? Is it necessary to pass A Levels if you think about having a military career?

There are many questions we must ask ourselves before we choose a career path, which fulfills all of our needs. In the adult life we spend more time at work than socializing with friends. It is worth making the smarter choice.

The CaT Test will help you to define your areas of interests, your skills and values as well as show you what qualifications are needed to get your dream job.

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The description of knowledge and skills, necessary for realising professional tasks in each profession is ready now!

200 professions from 7 groups of professions:

  • administration and services;
  • structural;
  • electric and electronic;
  • mechanics and mining-metallurgy;
  • agriculture and forestry with environment protection;
  • tourism and gastronomy;
  • medical and social,

Now our researchers are working on Modular system for guidance of career. They have elaborated interdependencies and now are working on set of tests and set of questions which will be used in the tool.


  1. Hierarchism –questions are selected, depending on answer given to previous question. This means that not all respondents will “answer” to all questions.
  2. Layers – tools, that already exists on the market, have only one layer, there are no hierarchic, multi-layer tools on current market. CaT consists in 8 layers (modules).
  3. Intuitive character – It contains impulses that have situational character – person watches scenes and react for those impulses (next questions and situations are picked, depending on the reaction for previous impulses).
  4. Practical tips – the last, 8th module enable to add qualifications and permissions, required in each country, that need to be checked for persons that want to work in this country.


We are an international team of professionals: educators, psychologists, counsellors, career advisors and informatics. Thanks to the European ERASMUS programme we had a chance to meet and to cooperate to create a modern, interactive tool for career guidance.


Our aim is to create a new diagnostic tool that would consist of 8 multidimensional layers combined in a one system. CaT’s users will be able to define their capacities, aptitudes and professional interest in a quick and efficient way. Our tool will also support the work of career counsellors.


We identified an alarming tendency concerning the whole Europe: the young people leave schools too early without neither sufficient qualifications nor ideas how would they design their career. We also noticed a lack of complex tool for careers diagnosis.


The main target group of the project are secondary and vocational schools students, their parents and teachers and career counsellors, as well as anyone who would like to diagnose their capacities and enhance their career path.

This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission (project no: 2014-1-PL01-KA200-003345). This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.