Recovery makes up for first false start

21st March 1997 at 00:00
After one false start to his career, 19-year-old Toby Orm thinks a psychometric test helped to steer him on to the right path.

He left school knowing he wanted to do something practical. His first action was to enrol at college on a full-time aeronautical engineering course. He thoroughly enjoyed his first year but in the second year the course was changed, he became unhappy and eventually left.

"I worked for a while for a supermarket just to get some some money but I knew it wasn't really right for me and felt I ought to be doing something where I could use my hands more."

A family friend who works for Hertfordshire careers service suggested a Morrisby test. Toby took it last August and, with the help of his careers adviser, he found a suitable job and was invited to interview.

"When I went to the interview I was told I would probably have to take a pyschometric test, but I was able to show them that I had already done it and that it had identified that I was suited for the job for which which I was being interviewed," he said.

He is now using his training credit on a Modern Apprenticeship with the North Herts NHS Trust in Stevenage. As an apprentice engineer he works on small electrical installations, ensures systems work, and maintains equipment.

After six months he is progressing well and he says he feels as if he fits in. "I feel this is the right thing for me to be doing - I really enjoy it here," he said. The test, he said, had enabled him to prove to potential employers that he was suited to engineering, and it helped him to make sure he was heading in the right career direction.

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