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My mom discovered her career (audiology) through a career test that was extremely long and also expensive but very very accurate. I am looking for a similar service whether it be online or taken at a specific location. I want to make sure I am choosing the correct career, and although a test can’t tell you what you will love it can definitely give you an idea of what career fits your personality type. Thank you! #career #career-test #career-options #career-choice #career-counseling


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Jake’s Answer

A career aptitude test can be a great source of ideas on where you want to work or study, but you should not take the results as gospel on where you need to be in life. Psychometric testing and personality quizzes such as the Myers-Briggs can be fun and spark ideas but they only have mixed evidence supporting their use in finding a career.

It's totally normal to be stressed about "what you want to be when you grow up". That's ok. If you ask the vast majority of professionals most will tell you that their career path changed several times in their life. Often in very unexpected ways! Personally, I never took a business or marketing class in college but now work as a marketing consultant.

Don't have blinders and focus on where you want to be in 5-10 years. More of that is dependent on luck than you might think. Instead give yourself some space and think about what you like doing now and how you want to spend your time in the short term. Focus on learning whatever you can where you are. You'll be able to apply what you learn wherever you go even if it seems like an entirely unrelated field. Best of luck and have fun!

Jake recommends the following next steps:

Take a few deep breaths and spend a few days not thinking about your career
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Think about where you spend your time. Not just what you enjoy doing, but what you actually wind up doing when you have extra time
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Write down what you've learned at various jobs or hobbies in the past and how you've applied them in different scenarios. Come back to that list occasionally
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Reach out to random people on FB or LinkedIn and ask them for 30min to talk about their jobs. No joke, people love talking about themselves and it's the best way to get an idea of what people actually do in their jobs
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This is great advice. So true, the fact that the future is fairly dependent on pure luck. My dad got his master’s degree in teaching and now works as a software engineer. I’m going to try and put less pressure on myself to pick the “perfect” career and find comfort in the fact that I will never be stuck in one place without the ability to change or grow into new things. Thank you! Abby T.

So happy to help Abby! Really cool to hear about your dad, that's exactly the kind of thing I was talking about. Sounds like he's had one heck of an adventure. Jake Glass

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Gary’s Answer

Hello, great question! I will offer what may be a little different perspective on career assessments...I think we all have to know ourselves well in life and for our careers. I am a big fan of personality type...its call myers-briggs and there are free online assessments that will give you a preference for your personality type. Introvert vs Extrovert, Intuitive vs Sensing, Feeling vs Thinking and Judging vs. Perceiving. Oncey you have this type (mine is ISFJ for example), you can research your type and careers that may be good for you...I have found this very accurate.
Good luck!

I have heard of this before! I will definitely look into it, thank you! Abby T.

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Mark’s Answer

In regards to Personality & Career Assessments, I found these to be listed among the top.

Personality assessments:
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
This personality assessment divides people into four “temperaments:” guardian, idealist, rational, and artisan.

Big Five
This personality assessments divides people into five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.

Myers-Briggs
This is one of the most well-known self-assessments. The Myers-Briggs is said to be the gold standard of personality tests.

Career Aptitude Tests:

MyPlan.com

iSeek Survey or "Clusters"

MyNextMove

Hope this helps!!
Mark

Awesome resources, thanks! Abby T.

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