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FROM CHAPTER TWO: "HOW ARE YOU SMART?":

(Note: this excerpt is taken from someone's personalized ebook. The content of your book would be personalized from your own responses to the FPYC questionnaire which you can begin at the top of this page.)

"...Bodily kinesthetic intelligence

It seems that the use of your physical self is an area where you have average intelligence. Those who are smart in the kinesthetic (or movement related) sense are good at work which involves using their physical body. This includes handling tools and vehicles as well as work which involves making precise and skillful body movement.

Athletes are also strong in this area, as are models, actors and others where poise and graceful body movements are important. In the new economy physical work is undergoing great change and has already been replaced in many areas by technology. Because of this it is a good idea to focus your career development in other areas.

The following section looks at your level of ability in physical work, tool and vehicle handling, and sport and athletics.

4a. Physical ability

You seem to be very confident of your ability to use your body to do physical work, something which you appear to have a lot of experience with.

Despite your ability and experience, there are some good reasons why you should consider other avenues for your career. The main reason is that in the knowledge age, career prospects for physical work are limited. (Having said that there are still some opportunities for manual workers with specialized skills in some areas of the economy.)

The past half a century has seen, in historical terms, a radical transformation. Less than 50 years ago physical work of some type was the most common way that breadwinners earned their living.

But over recent decades the amount of physical work on offer has declined markedly and continues to do so. In the place of humans doing physical work are computer-controlled machines capable of increasingly sophisticated tasks.

Instead of using their body to do the work, smart workers are making the switch to controlling the computers that control the machines.

This is what we mean when we say that work is being "informated".

Rather than doing physical work themselves, workers in the new economy are more likely to be using information technology to monitor machines, which do the physical work.

The message is clear. Unless your passion is physical labor, then you are much better off concentrating on other areas.

4b. Tool and vehicle handling ability

It seems that you are very confident in both the use of tools, as well as commercial vehicles and heavy machinery.

Given your apparently strong abilities in these area, this could be an area to focus your career on. You need to bear in mind, however, that this is an area of work that is likely to continue to experience change and uncertainty in the future.

Therefore there are a number of issues that you need to be aware of.

In the new economy, instead of tool handling, the emphasis is shifting toward the monitoring and managing of production processes.

As far as work which involves people using tools is concerned, if it can be automated, sooner or later it will be. So the question you need to ask is: Is it likely that the tool handling work I currently do will be automated within the forseeable future?

If the answer is yes then you need to look at other options.

Retraining to operate the systems which will do the work that you did previously may be an option. After all, you have a lot of valuable knowledge of the process.

Vehicle handling is also likely to be affected by technology and new work methods in the future.

Like all other sectors of the economy it will become increasingly reliant on information systems.

This will require drivers to become skilled in the use of these computers.

Interpersonal abilities are also likely to become more important, with customer service and the ability to work as part of a team being of particular importance."

Reference: Free printable career choice test

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