By Chantelle Gradidge
When Annuschka Verster began her studies in Psychology, her initial intention was to become an Industrial Psychologist, but during her internship, she realised that she enjoyed working with people and carrying out assessments, and writing up reports on aspects such as personality, aptitude and interests of individuals.
“I began my career working for a company that specialised in assess-ments and organisational develop-ment, but we mainly performed assessments for government departments. I decided that I wanted more variety in my job, so I made up my mind to go on my own. I now have different clients and work in different areas, which makes my job more interesting and exciting, and, therefore, more fulfilling,” she says.
“If you work for a company, you can expect to start off with a salary of some R10 000 to R12 000 per month. If you work for yourself, you can obviously earn more, but it can be a challenge, considering that you are not certain of your income every month. Then again, if you work hard, it shouldn’t be a problem. Working for yourself does come with some stress, but I still believe that working independently is the way to go in this career,” says Annuschka. Psychometrists who work for themselves generally charge between R220 and R250 per hour.
Responsibilities in this field vary considerably – from assisting with career guidance and planning for university or high school students, to testing people in a working environment in various organisations, for development purposes.
Assessments involve testing individuals to obtain information for subject choices for Grade 10 learners; career guidance for Grade 12 learners; job selection purposes; surveys on performance, personality, aptitude and interests; tests for emotional stability; as well as tests for personal development, such as identifying an individual’s strengths and weaknesses.
“The pros are that one can make this job very flexible, and that one gets to work in different areas and different environments, carrying out different tests or assessments for different companies