online test - Beroepskeuzetest, Career advice

"A unique test to discover your professional drives
and compare them with others."


Living and working in accordance with your drives will make you happy, and working with your talents will enable your best personal performance.

Talent = passion + aptitude    (passion combined with aptitude)

You are passionate about something  when you have a significantly stronger motivation for it than the ‘average’ person. Having a talent for something means therefore that you really desire to do it and have a strong drive for it.

 You have an aptitude for something, when this appeals to your preferred ways of working. A preferred way of working is a way of working that is easier and smoother for you than another way of working. You can have, for example, a preference for ‘abstract thinking’ or conversely, a preference for ‘concrete thinking’. Having a talent for something implies that you have an aptitude for it.

Thus a combination of a ‘passion to steer’ and an aptitude for ‘abstract thinking’ constitutes a talent for ‘steering on an abstract level’.

A combination of a ‘passion to understand’ and an aptitude for ‘concrete thinking’ constitutes a talent for ‘learning by doing’.

To discover your talents you will have to know your passions and aptitudes.

The NWS-test allows you to determine the strength of your drives. Each time your drive distinguishes you from the ‘average’ person (i.e. 80% of the people have a weaker [or stronger] drive than you) we’ll call it a passion.

To determine your aptitude we advise you to work with our MCS-test (My Cognitive Styles test). Inspired by the research of the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School the MCS-test measures your preferences for taking in and processing information. These preferences determine your aptitude.

Whether we will succeed in being happy in our job and at the same time achieve our best performance will largely depend on a few critical decisions we make. As teenagers we already make a choice for a branch of study which will strongly influence what type of jobs will be accessible to us. After our study we have to choose a specific job.

Choosing a branch of study

I advise you to focus more on your drives than on your preferences, because you are usually rather young when you choose a branch of study . Your preferences may possibly change during your study.

The focus on your drives may not blind you to  other determining factors such as your physical and intellectual abilities, which you still need to take into account.
One thing is sure. When you make a choice that’s in line with your drives and when your study helps you develop your talents, you will be able to perform at your best. There are numerous examples of youngsters that got better results than their more intellectually gifted colleagues, just because they had made the right choice for a branch of study.

Choosing a job

Depending on your study you will have a narrower or wider choice of job possibilities. Once you have finished your studies, I would advise you to focus not only on your drives, but rather focus on your talents. (A talent is a combination of passion and aptitude.)

The procedure is simple. When you have to make a choice between two or more jobs, you make a list with the 10 most important tasks and responsibilities that belong to each job. For each of these tasks/responsibilities, you have to determine whether it concerns a ‘talent area’ or an ‘attention area’. A ‘talent area’ is a task/responsibility that appeals to your talents. An ‘attention area’ is a task/responsibility that goes against your talents. For each ‘talent area’ the job gets a score +1, and for each ‘attention area’ the jobs gets a score -1. The job with the highest total score is the job that fits you best.

Do you want to know more about how the NWS-test  and MCS-test can help you as a career test or are you looking for career advice ? Read further on or contact us. You can do the tests on and