Our main motivation for junior research was to prevent the significant personality modifications we kept seeing when we analysed adult managers. It is a tough psychological challenge for an older person to realise that their original personality, their career path, and their personal life path are all very different. Above a certain age, people we analyse understand and agree that their personalities were modified a lot over the years in order to meet social expectations. They understand that this eventually leads to failure at work and in their private lives, which puts their long-term happiness at risk. However, a well-established life path is difficult to change. And even though the best solution would be to switch to a life path that suits the original personality, this is most often impossible in practice.
RISE Junior aims to provide decision-makers around children (parents, teachers, and other experts) with a clear picture of the child’s decision-making, its consequences, and the applicable motivational tools. Therefore, RISE Junior steers children towards a path that best suits their original personalities. The original personality of a child develops very early, and it changes continuously due to influences from their environment. These changes may be beneficial in the short term if they help a child fit in and exhibit behaviour approved by their environment, but in the long run, the adopted characteristics take a lot of energy from the child, and wearing a mask ruins the possibility of a child’s success. In addition to defining the ‘original personality’, RISE Junior identifies the extent and direction of ‘personality modifications’ that have happened up to the time of the test, thus providing help in steering the child back to the original path to success. Also, RISE Junior identifies the ‘short-term mask’, which shows the behaviours the child currently believes in.
RISE Junior is recommended from age 10, with help from the parents if necessary. RISE Junior can also be used at the end of one’s education and before the start of their first job, which varies by profession and location, but is usually between 18 and 25 years of age. When creating the assessment, we focused on making the questionnaire ‘likeable’, with modern phrasing, and with a completion time as short as professionally acceptable.