Have you heard that researchers are attempting to make a connection between grey matter and vocational choice? They’re actually beginning tests to determine if MRI brain scans can be helpful when choosing a career. After analyzing the results Richard Haier, University of California, said, “A person’s pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses is related to their brain structure, so there is a possibility that brain scans could provide unique information that would be helpful for vocational choice.” READ THE ARTICLE HERE.
What do you think about this? Can intelligence really determine career vocation?
As career counselors we’ve always advocated for understanding your interests and values when deciding on a career option. So what could happen if we start relying on science to determine our career future? It could turn a shades-of-grey decision into a black and white decision and at the same time increase the probability of career confusion and dissatisfaction.
Rather than attempting to impart any wisdom on this topic, I want to open it up to you.
What do you think? Is it smart for people to consider this as another resource when determining the best career choice? Could it hinder the process by reducing the needed personal introspection on careers? Let’s hear it…. What’s your opinion?
Karen is a Career Counselor and Internship Coordinator at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). At IPFW she assists students in finding internships, coordinates and assists with campus-wide events, teaches a Career Planning course, and meets with students individually to assist them with all aspects of career development. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Recreation and Tourism and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University (GO Falcons!). Her 10+ years professional-experience ranges from working at camps, schools, a church, college campuses, and other non-profits. Although these may seem unrelated she attests that she still uses both her degrees and life experiences from all jobs in her current career. When she isn’t working or volunteering at one of four local non-profits, she enjoys singing in two choruses and spending time with her family and black lab, Othello. You can connect with Karen through Twitter, LinkedIn, or IPFW’s Blog.