egardless of age, some of us are never quite sure what we want to do. For those who fit into that category, Manpower provides tests that can help determine a person's potential. Tests are avilable for applicants in typing, shorthand, vocabulary and spelling. Reading and non-reading aptitude tests are also given. Or you can take a general interest test to see what interests you most.

Manpower officials believe the pre-testing service, prior to referral, helps assure a better match between applicant and employer. Call 724-3807 for more information.

If you already know that you want to be a carpenter, a bricklayer or a jeweler, or if you would like to be trained in a particular skill, you best bet is to check on Manpower's apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship is based on a written agreement between you and an employer.You learn a skilled craft or trade on the job. Apprenticeship programs include one or more years of paid, on-the-job training under an experienced craftsman who was once an apprentice himself.

There are at least 80 apprenticeship training programs. They last from one to six years. They include a variety of skills, including: auto mechanic, baker, barber, ironworker, photographer and roofer. If you're interested in a particular trade, but there are no apprenticeship openings at the moment, Manpower will help place you in a job until they can arrange for you to start the apprenticeship program.

Roy perkins, a counselor in the apprentice program, says his main objectives are to discover an applicant's interests and what he is best suited to do. Perkins or any of the other counselors can be contacted at 724-3792 or in room 300 in the main office building at 500 C St. NW. The central office is open daily fromg at 500 C St. NW. The central office is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.