Students Have More Ability Than Interest

Arkansas students have greater natural talent than interest for high-demand jobs in the state, and those who only base their career choice on interest might be led away from jobs that have a greater economic impact, according to results from a new aptitude report.

Nashville-based technology company YouScience released the report after surveying 7,060 Arkansas students from 20 high schools, and it breaks down the students’ interests and aptitudes by industry and gender.

Armando Garza, senior vice president of sales and marketing for YouScience, explained surveys that only consider interest might lead people into careers for which they have no ability. An interest-only survey recommended 76% of students to careers in arts and entertainment, education, social work and life sciences, according to the report. But the aptitude-based survey recommended only 28% of the students toward those careers.      MORE

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