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FAQ for STUDENTS

Section 1 Questions: Using My Talents

1) What is My Talents?
My Talents is a deceptively simple online program for you to assess your talents and attribute types and compare these to a wide range of jobs. It has just 3 core components: 1) a 25 question quiz to help you identify attributes; 2) a list of over 850 job attributes along with a brief job descriptions; 3) a checklist and booklet for you to use in order to create a Personal Employment Plan.

2) How do I access My Talents?
Go to http://mytalents.com.au and follow the prompts to subscribe.

3) How long does my subscription last?
Subscriptions remain in place for 12 months from your beginning subscription date.

4) How many times can I re-enter My Talents?
As often as you like over the 12 month period. Each time you re-enter and make edits to your profile you will overwrite your previous data.

5) Do I need internet access to use My Talents?
Yes. An internet connected device such as a smart phone, tablet or computer will work.

6) Is my data safe?
Yes, it is encrypted. You set your own unique password.

7) Can I give my password to friends or family to use My Talents?
No. It is non-transferrable. If another user enters the system with your password, any alterations they make to your profile will overwrite your original data and that data will be lost to you.

8) Should I share my data with others?
Yes. The idea is to provide a discussion framework for you to use with teachers, family and significant others.

9) What can I do with My Talents data?
You can view, edit, save, print and export your data. You can use your data to create a Personal Employment Plan where you locate and use multiple resources to get the job you want.

10) What languages is My Talents available in?
English, Arabic, Finnish. We are currently translating to Thai and Chinese.

11) As a subscriber, can I access the Teacher Section of My Talents?
Yes, all subscribers can access all Sections of My Talents.

FAQ for TEACHERS

Section 1 Questions: Using My Talents

1) What is My Talents?
My Talents is a deceptively simple online program for students to assess their talents and attribute types and compare these to a wide range of jobs. It has just 3 core components: 1) a 25 question quiz to help students identify attributes; 2) a list of over 850 job attributes along with a brief job descriptions; 3) a checklist and booklet for students to use in order to create a Personal Employment Plan and a set of Presentation Slides for teachers.

2) How do I access My Talents?
Go to http://mytalents.com.au and follow the prompts to subscribe for a school.

3) How long does a school subscription last?
Subscriptions remain in place for 12 months from starting date. After which, you would need to re-subscribe your school.

4) How many times can my students re-enter My Talents?
As often as they like over the 12 month period. Each time they re-enter and make edits to their profile they will overwrite their previous data.

5) Do students need internet access to use My Talents?
Yes, to do the Profile components. An internet connected device such as a smart phone, tablet or computer will work. For the lessons and creating the Personal Employment Plan, the internet is not required.

6) Is student data safe?
Yes, it is encrypted. Each person creates their own unique password.

7) Can students give their password to peers, friends or family to use My Talents?
No. It is non-transferrable. If another user enters the system with that password, any alterations they make to the profile will overwrite the original data and that data will be lost to the original user.

8) Should students share their data with others?
Yes. The idea is to provide a discussion framework to use with teachers, family and significant others.

9) What can students do with My Talents data?
They can view, edit, save, print and export their data. They can use their data to create a Personal Employment Plan where there locate and use multiple resources to get the job they want.

10) What languages is My Talents available in?
English, Arabic, Finnish. We are currently translating to Thai and Chinese.

11) Can students access the Teacher Section of My Talents?
Yes, all subscribers can access all Sections of My Talents.

12) Should I begin using My Talents with the on-line quiz or the Lesson Plans and Presentation Slides?
Most teachers begin with Lesson 1 from the Teacher Lesson Plans. It is up to you to decide. A great introductory question is: ‘What do your parents want you to do for a job when you grow up?’ This sets the scene for a general discussion about the multiple perspectives people have on work.

13) Can I adapt the Lesson Plans and Slides?
Yes. The Lesson Plans were developed over many years of using employment programs with students across multiple countries and multiple age groups. However, the authors recognise and celebrate the different needs of diverse groups so we welcome your initiative to make the program work best for you.

14) Can I obtain some high resolution images of the Slides to use with my students?
Yes, if your school has subscribed to a class set of at least 25 licences for My Talents we are happy to provide you with high resolution images of our models and frameworks.

15) Should I use My Talents in pastoral programs or in lesson time?
Some teachers use My Talents as part of a pastoral program, deploying it in short lessons over the course of a school term of year. Others devote lesson-time to it and others refer the program to career counsellors. Whatever course of action suits you, please ensure that students use the service at school and at home. My Talents simplifies and demystifies what parents need to do with their children when it comes to planning for employment.

16) Is My Talents finished with once we have completed the checklist in the student booklet?
No. The idea is to help students create a Personal Employment Plan that is relevant and flexible. Up-dating and modification of Plans is an essential component of the process. Periodic revision enables the Plan to influence decisions about subject choice, work experience, strengthening of talents and upskilling in areas that require further development.

17) Can we send promotional material and information about My Talents home to parents?
Yes. You may download from the site and forward any promotional materials and information materials about My Talents. Should you require more specific information please make contact with us at hello@teachersolutions.com.au so we can assist.

18) Can I write a blog about my experiences with My Talents?
Yes. We welcome your feedback. Programs such as My Talents must be flexible enough to adapt to the changing realities of job seekers. Join our blog here.

19) How important is the Disclaimer information regarding My Talents?
Critical. Schools and other providers, including the authors of My Talents are generally not in the business of giving advice to students about further education or jobs. My Talents is one source of information only and is provided as an indicator for helping students create a Personal Employment Plan.

20) Who can I contact with further questions regarding My Talents?
Please use this email: hello@teachersolutions.com.au. We'd love to help out.

FAQ for STUDENTS and TEACHERS

Section 2 Questions: Reliability, Consistency, Validity and Limitations of My Talents

1) What is Reliability?
Reliability is a measure of how consistently an instrument measures what it attempts to measure. Since we are measuring attributes, we are working in the realm of qualitative data (as opposed to quantitative data) which is notoriously more difficult to gain consistency.

2) What is Consistency?
Consistency is a measure of how accurately the instrument works if you measure something twice or more than twice. In our re-testing of the instrument, most people came out with consistent profiles (the same profiles) the second time within a variance of 75% - 90%. Individuals can assess their own levels of consistency by re-entering the system multiple times and comparing their results.

3) What is Validity?
Validity is a measure of how meaningful the instrument is. We measure preferences for:
Practical versus Conceptual, and Critical versus Creative Thinking. We link these attributes to over 850 jobs in 35 industries. For example, a bricklayer working in the construction industry would rate as about 80% Practical and about 20% Conceptual. The bricklayer would rate as about 90% Critical Thinking and about 10% Creative Thinking.
Hence a bricklayer would be best described as having mostly Methodical Attributes
1) Conceptual and Critical Thinking Analytic Attributes
2) Practical and Critical Thinking Methodical Attributes
3) Practical and Creative Thinking Innovative Attributes
4) Conceptual and Creative Thinking Inventive Attributes
Attribute Types such as the bricklayer example help us to differentiate the talents, interests and behaviours of different people and different jobs across different industries. For example, a chef working in a 5-star hotel requires a different set of attributes to a chef working in an aged care facility.

4) What are the Limitations of My Talents?
There are 4 major Attribute types but due to the considerable overlap between dichotomies, most people see themselves as a combination of at least 2 major types. The instrument sorts for Attribute preferences and does not measure for traits, ability, intellect or character. Significantly, all Attribute types are equal. The profiles highlight and acknowledge differences between individuals and deems no Attribute type as better or best.
My Talents Attributes Profile provides a summary, based on answers to a group of questions, of how individuals prefer to act and think – not how well individuals act and think. Importantly, an Attribute Profile does not determine how a person should lead their life, neither does it pre-determine what a person should do at school or in preparation for eventual employment. My Talents is an indicator to be used along with multiple other sources of information for seeking a job.
Job roles are not static. The attributes required to be a mechanic, or surgeon, for example, are different today than they were a decade ago. Technology is changing the nature of many jobs so it is important to use multiple sources of data to make decisions about study and job seeking.

FAQ for STUDENTS and TEACHERS

Section 3 Questions: Attributes and Jobs Links in My Talents

1) Why is it important to know Attribute Types?
Knowing your Attribute Type, as measured through My Talents can help you with creating a Personal Employment Plan. From your choices of subjects in school, to your choices at university or other post school training, to choosing your first job, or changing jobs later in life, My Talents is an indicator, along with other factors not addressed in My Talents, about what to do and when to do it.

2) How do I know which jobs suit my Attribute Type?
Once you have completed the Attribute Section of My Talents, you can overlay your attributes graph on more than 850 jobs across 35 industries. This is a practical way to investigate how closely your job choices match your attribute preferences. When you know how you prefer to act and think, you can better align yourself with a suitable job.

3) Should I choose a job that matches my Attribute Type?
Not necessarily. You might have a perfect match for an engineer, for example, but research tells you that your field of interest in engineering is already oversubscribed and there is little likelihood of gaining employment in the industry. Alternatively, you may have no interest in doing such work. The point is, Attribute Types can match multiple jobs across multiple industries.

4) Should I choose a job that matches my interests?
Keeping in mind that satisfaction at work is closely linked with personal interests, for most people, this is more important than a job that matches your Attribute Profile. Multiple surveys show that people are more motivated by work that satisfies them than by money or prestige. So, select jobs from the Career Section of My Talents that you find interesting. If any of those jobs are also a close match to your Attribute Profile they are probably worthy of further investigation. Even when circumstances make it necessary for you to do a job that you have not chosen, knowledge and understanding of attributes and interests can help you use your talents to finish the job.

5) What other factors should I consider when creating a Personal Employment Plan?
My Talents is one only source of data for creating your Plan. Here is a framework for you to use or adapt so you can research your industry and job interests in order to create your own Plan:
Career: what is the name of the industry and job I am interested in?
Job Description: what does this job involve on a day-by-day basis?
Profile Analysis: how well does my Attribute Profile match the Job Profile?
School Grades: what are the minimum requirements I must meet?
Experience: where can I go to see working examples of this job?
Pre-job Training: what university or other training pre-requisites is necessary?
Employment: what is the likelihood of employment in the industry and job?
Responsibilities: what are my legal and ethical responsibilities?
Challenges: what challenges might I face in the workplace?
Time: what hours and shift work might be required?
Rewards: what will give me enjoyment and satisfaction in this job?
Salary Range: what is entry level, top and bottom salaries for this job?
Location: am I geographically restricted in the industry?

Remember to use the resources available to you, including teachers, family, mentors, local businesses, and your own research using the internet and other print—based resources. Planning for employment requires understanding of interrelationships between complex dynamic factors. My Talent’s Profiles reveal and value diversity and give you a framework to better understand yourself and others.

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