Rediscover Career Construction in light of Neuroscience and Learning!

Aim of the Programme

To see the big picture by understanding the paradigm shift in education. To learn the in-class applications of scientific research in the field of career education and guidance as well as the models centered around students’ personal growth.

Programme Details:

  • Participants are expected to submit a written assignment/project and present it. 
  • To complete the programme, participants are expected to attend at least 80% of sessions. 
  • Participants who attend at least 80% of sessions and obtain a mark of at least 80 from the project and presentation are to receive a certificate approved by the Yıldız Technical University Rector. 
  • Participants who attend at least 80% of sessions and obtain less than a mark of 80 from the project and presentation will receive a participation document. 
  • Each training includes at least 10 participants. 
  • Session hours are from 09.00 to 17.15

Participants attending the Certificate Programme can complete the TurQuest and Aptitude Inventory Implementer Training Programme in 1 day instead of 2 days.

Reasons for TurQuest and Aptitude Inventory:

  • TurQuest Career and Occupation Selection Inventory Inventory assesses interests with a 300 item questionnaire. Questions are culture-free.
  • The questionnaires, originally developed in the UK and implemented for 33 years, have been adapted for the Turkish education system
  • Aptitude Inventory provides an indication of the areas (verbal, abstract, spatial and mathematical reasoning) in which the student performs quickly and accurately. Results will be interpreted alongside the career areas of interest within the TurQuest report.
  • The student will consider the people and experiences that have influenced them in the past and evaluate themselves from the perspective of their family and close others.
  • The student will understand how their interests relate to 1) different industries and 2) the specific roles within these industries according to their organisational structure. 
  • Taking relevant career areas into account, students will have the chance to plan their undergraduate and postgraduate education appropriately from a multidisciplinary and holistic perspective.
  • After completion of TurQuest and Aptitude Inventory, the student will have a 30-40 page report and an action plan. The questionnaire is in Turkish and the report is in English.

Aim of the programme:
 To learn how to  implement, interpret and evaluate TurQuest and Aptitude Inventory.

Career Education and Guidance in High School

Who Can Enroll?:
Psychological Counselors, Tutors, Career Counselors and Psychologists

Programme Dates:

1.Programme: 2-3-9-10-16 October 2021
2. Programme: 15-16-18-19 November, 4 December 2021
3. Programme: 24-25-27-28 January, 12 February 2022
4. Programme: 4-5-7-8-16 April 2022

Programme Duration:
5 days (45 hours theory, 15 hours application)

Programme Fee:
Formal/Online Training 3950 TL +VAT (8%). 
Please contact us for modular fees.

Optional 1 day the TurQuest and Aptitude Inventory Implementer Training Programme

Programme Dates:

1.Programme: 17 October 2021
2. Program: 5 December 2021
3. Program: 13 February 2022
4. Program: 17 April 2022

Programme Fee: 790 TL + VAT (8%)

Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi, Yıldız Beşiktaş İstanbul


Module 1: Awareness of Critical Concepts

What are ideal, real, and ought selves? How do they relate to the career decision? What are the building blocks that make us who we are? Which psychological dynamics influence our decisions? How can we manage these dynamics? Critical concepts that help us understand these dynamics and ourselves are comprehensively examined. Participants are guided in becoming aware of the effect of these concepts on career decisions. They also learn the in-class application of these concepts through interactive activities.

Module 2: Understanding the Brain

How does our brain function and how it is structured? How do different parts influence our emotions, thoughts, behaviours and attitudes? Teenagers’ career decisions are examined from a neuroscience perspective. Participants learn the relationships between students’ brains and their decision making, as well as how this information can be explained to students.

Module 3: Learning to Learn

What is happiness and success and how do they relate to learning? What is the deep learning model? How do our perceptions affect the learning process? Is awareness something learnt? What is cognitive and affective learning? The mechanism behind how information makes a difference on one’s self and one’s surroundings will be evaluated and discussed in detail. Commonly accepted definitions of happiness and success are questioned.

Module 4: Mind-sets and Neuroplasticity

What are fixed and growth mind-sets? How do students nurture growth mind-sets? What is neuroplasticity? What are internal and external loci of control? How can we support students in nurturing an internal locus of control? By examining the relationship between mind-sets, locus of control and neuroplasticity, these concepts are understood from the perspective of the brain. The effect of limiting beliefs and lack of responsibility on the career decision is addressed. Possible career guidance applications are discussed.

Module 5: International Standards in Career Education and Guidance

What are career theories and what is their history? What are postmodern theories and contemporary models? What are the international standards in career education? The historical development of career theories is explained from the perspective of the educational paradigm shift. Details of postmodern theories and contemporary models are clarified. Participants identify the relationship between zeitgeist and theories. International standards in career guidance are identified.

Module 6: Critical Dimensions and Skills in Career Planning and Construction

What are the consequences of being indifferent and incurious about life and career decisions? What are the essential skills? What is the relationship between resilience and career decisions? What is the importance of values in life and career decisions? Whilst the importance of ‘small details’ is emphasised, participants will learn to approach the career decision process from a broad and comprehensive perspective. Critical life skills that need to be developed for career decisions are discussed. The importance of values in the career decision process as well as methods for how students can establish these values is addressed.

Module 7: Applied Group Project

Do I know and understand the current dynamics in the field? Do I learn from my colleagues? Do I share my knowledge? Participants evaluate their learning from the programme and each other, applying this learning in a creative way to an individual or group project.

TurQuest & Aptitude Profile

What are the interests and aptitudes of high school students? What are the requirements of the career areas they are interested in? Which sectors are their life and career values in line with? How can they evaluate how realistic their current career interests are? How can they be supported in choosing suitable career areas? 

Participants attending the Certificate Programme can complete the TurQuest and Aptitude Inventory Implementer Training Programme in 1 day instead of 2 days.

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