The wide-ranging interests and abilities of gifted people often make it difficult for them to make initial career choices. Some may be unduly influenced by significant others to choose careers that later prove unsatisfying, while others may fail to achieve the levels of education they need to pursue careers they would find more interesting.  Consequently, they may need to make midlife career changes. Such choices are an important part of people's identity development and contribute significantly to their sense of personal fulfillment or lack of it.

Vocational interest testing and career guidance by Center professionals can help gifted adults and adolescents make satisfying choices, find meaningful direction and purpose, set goals and priorities, and focus their interests and efforts productively through vocational and avocational activities that enable them to develop and use their extraordinary abilities in ways they find fulfilling.

For further information, call the Center for the Gifted at (215) 849-5077.

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