Different types of intelligence affect our career choices. The experts state that making right career choices happen when people know about themselves better. They suggest more than 1.5 million prospective university students to determine their type of intelligence before they make decisions about choosing the program, department, university in July.
Prof. Dr. İlgi Şemin, Director of IUE Vocational School of Health Sciences, stated that the prospective university students and their parents were searching for the answers to ‘which is the right profession, how to make the best decision?’ questions these days. Prof. Dr. Şemin mentioned that each individual had a unique intelligence profile and there were several different types of intelligence such as verbal-linguistic, logistical-mathematical, visual-spatial, musical-rhythmic, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal-social, intra personal-introverted, and naturalist.
Prof. Dr. Şemin, who pointed that each individual had a unique intelligence profile, said, “While people with verbal intelligence use linguistics efficiently, those with mathematical intelligence are good at problem-solving. As people with musical-rhythmic intelligence learn best by rhythm and melody, people with visual intelligence can easily identify the relationship between colors and lines. In other words, they show how our brain functions, and the occupations we might be successful at. Identifying the types of intelligence would be very helpful for youth in choosing the right professions”.
‘Professions based on different types of intelligence’
Prof. Dr. Şemin said that in order for young people to choose the right career that would make them happy, they needed to know about themselves better, and she explained different types of intelligence in relation to professions as below:
. Verbal-linguistic intelligence: Linguistic ability consists of the ability to abstract and figurative thinking, making concepts, writing poetry, stories, and humor, and to use language to express and appreciate complex meanings. They can use language efficiently. People with this kind of intelligence can become writers, poets, teachers, journalists, lawyers, and comedians.
. Logistical-mathematical intelligence: These people are good at identifying objects, analyzing, and problem solving. People with this kind of intelligence can become scientists, engineers, computer programmers, mathematicians, accountants, economists, and judges.
. Visual-spatial intelligence: Visual-spatial intelligence is the ability to visualize and imagine. These people are good at comprehending colors, lines, shapes, space, and the relation between these. People with this kind of intelligence can become artists, photographers, cartographer, graphic designers, engineers, and architects.
. Musical-rhythmic intelligence: People with this kind of intelligence have ability to recognize and use tunes and rhythmic concepts. They can become singers, composers, music teachers, theatre actors, etc.
. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence: Bodily kinesthetic intelligence is the ability to express emotions by using a variety of physical skills, playing games, or creating a new product. People with this kind of intelligence can become athletes, dancers, ballerinas/ballets, actors/actresses, surgeons, mime artists.
. Interpersonal-social intelligence: Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand and interact effectively with others through effective verbal and nonverbal communication. People with this kind of intelligence can become teachers, psychologists, counselors, politicians, doctors, and businessmen.
. Intra personal-introverted intelligence: Intra-personal intelligence is the capacity to understand oneself and one’s thoughts and feelings, and they like to meditate. People with this kind of intelligence can become artists, spiritual leaders, social workers,psychotherapists,etc.
. Naturalist intelligence: It is the ability to discriminate among living things as plants, minerals, animals as well as other features of the natural world such as mountains, seas, seasons, etc. People with this kind of intelligence can become agricultural engineers, archaeologists, biologists, zoologists, veterinarians, meteorologist, and environmentalists.