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Unfortunately,  many people are not feeling happy in their job. Strangely enough, most of these people do ‘feel’ that something is not right, but they have no real idea what is causing their discomfort. The underlying cause however is quite obvious. There is a ‘mismatch’ among their tasks, responsibilities and  talents.

Maybe the ‘mismatch’ already existed very early, with the choice of their study their job or their company. It could also be that the discomfort has developed over the years as a creeping disease. For the latter, probably the slow continuing changes in the environment have created slow shifts in your tasks and responsibilities. Maybe you think you are still doing the same job as before, but in fact over the years your job has changed drastically. Also changes in company culture, possibly caused by mergers or acquisitions, can cause a similar shift.

When you notice that the malaise persists, consider it a signal that the time has come (again) to make an important decision. The time has come again to choose a  job and/or choose a company.

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’.

You will have to know your passions and aptitudes to discover your talents.

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 Gent Leuven Management School on cognitive styles with professionals, the MCS-test determines your preferences for taking in and processing information. This is the basis of your aptitude.

Depending on your study you will have a narrower or wider choice of job possibilities. 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.

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