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Quiz: What’s The Best Career For Me?
Determining what you want to do professionally for the rest of your life can be an intimidating prospect. Ideally, you want to find the best career that matches your interest levels so in the long-term you do not become bored or unsatisfied with your career.
Before you enter college and invest your time and financial resources into a degree program, having a direction of what field is suitable to both skills and interest can help guide you on the right path to a career. Here are a few sample questions to ask yourself:
1. Do you prefer working with details, data or other structured information?
A. Yes, working with exacts and small details is stimulating and provides me with a sense of energy
B. No, carefully organizing little details tend to stress me out and drain my energy, I like flexibility
C. Working within structure is appealing, but don’t care to sort through a lot of small data
D. Working with details is enjoyable, but like room for some elasticity
2. Are you comfortable working alone or prefer working in groups?
A. Working in solitude is fine with me when necessary
B. It depends on the situation, the final outcome is more important
C. Being around others energizes me
D. I am comfortable working on my own or in a team-based environment
3. Do new things or fast levels of change excite you?
A. Innovation is important as it creates possibilities, but it is vital to first analyze results
B. Going with the flow is the spice of life!
C. I’m comfortable working under a standardized system that modifies when necessary
D. Yes, advancement creates new progress, but positive data must also support change
4. Do you prefer to rely on feelings or logic?
C. Each has its place
D. A combination of both helps move things forward
5. What do you think about following firm rules to get results?
B. There is a need for flexibility
C. Rules are important, but adjustments may vary depending upon the situation
D. Boundaries sometimes need to be tested
If you answered “B” to the majority of questions, a career rooted in creativity or the arts may be a good choice. Suggested possibilities to explore are performing arts, writing and editing or drawing/painting.
If you answered “C” to most of these questions, a career in the education or humanitarian fields might be for you. Suggested possibilities are teaching, social work, childcare or counseling.
If you answered “D” to most of these questions, a career in a business field may be right for you. Business is often rigid and structured and data driven, but also can be fast-moving and innovative.
The six Holland Occupational Themes show the importance of personality attributes when selecting a career. Developed in the 1950s by Dr. John Lewis Holland, these personality types are used extensively by career counselors and career seekers. Additionally, there are free online career aptitude quizzes. Also, many individual state labor departments may offer aptitude tests, the U.S. Dept. of Labor is a great resource.
Once you’ve narrowed down the possibilities, the final piece of the puzzle is determining the right college and degree program to help you bridge career decision to fruition of landing a position in your desired occupation. Not all colleges are created equal, and it will be important to find a college that offers education and training to lead you to your desired career path.