Career tests, I believe, are an important tool in the process of designing your own job as your small business.
To my mind, they give structure to some of what you may already know about yourself, and narrow down and capture your "best bits"
I have taken several career tests over the years and they have proved really accurate in honing in on my primary skills and pointing out secondary ones that have been tucked away not being used.
To be clear though, what they won't do, is necessarily tell you what you should be doing by way of a job title, or business idea.
They may list some ideas that will fit in to your general personality, for example if you have teaching tendencies or geek traits then the career tests will emphasise roles with leanings towards your strongest traits.
This doesn't mean you have to be a "something" with a label attached because that "something" could have a broad spectrum.
Read my own explanation about this under 16 Personalities, where the role of counsellor came out every time.
I was stuck for years because I didn't want to be a "counsellor", however on reflection I realised that the role of counsellor title could be interchanged with adviser.
There are a number of them but my 4 favourite ones are:
(my traits are in brackets)
I like them because I paid for the more detailed versions of each of them and I wasn't disappointed in the quality of the information I received.
But you must do your own research and choose any of the career tests available online, and find the one right for you.
I am only sharing my own personal experience.
I have also included a couple of alternatives below, not career tests at all but a couple of tools I found really, really useful for my personal quest.
Designed to help you find your purpose
You can take a test for nothing to give you an idea of how it works and some really valuable information is sent via your in box.
If you choose the short version at no cost you just get a brief overview of your talents.
You can also view a sample of the no cost one and a sample of the full version if you want an idea of what you are purchasing for your money.
If you choose the full version there are approximately 14 headings covered:
You do have to sign up with an email address before you get any information.
If you want more, you pay for a more detailed report, it only cost me about £10.00 for the full chart with the headings above.
I found it useful because they asked questions that were different to the ones used by Myers Briggs test below through 16 Personalities.
I like this one best of all, it did actually came up with the actual role of career counsellor for me so I knew then the value of taking career tests and hopefully you will too.
It struck me as a really accurate assessment of who I am. INFJ is my type!
I was lucky, there was an actual job title listed, which was fantastic, given the subject of my website and my re-training.
But, my personality type has a leaning towards counselling in general as I mentioned before.
I could have chosen bereavement or marriage, or a host of other sorts of advice giving roles.
And over the years this has given me a bit of a headache because I have tried counselling training and to be honest, I hated it.
I couldn't understand why traditional counselling just didnt resonate because it kept coming up time and time again.
The whole search for work meaning became really stressful for me.
It just didn't fit properly, so I felt despondent because I knew I should be doing some kind of advice giving, but what?
It is only recently as I have really narrowed down my interests that it became obvious it was the career side that was calling me.
I realised I haven't spent 40 years in the work trenches to talk about drug and alcohol counselling.
I could apply the counselling part to offering career guidance/small business idea generation but not in a conventional way.
I never realised until I undertook my coaching training you could actually do this for work. I was ecstatic and in my element.
I want you to be too.
To get started you can do an initial no cost test and if you like what you see you can pay and get the full version.
I was so pleased with the information I even bought the book relating to my personality type from Amazon for further reading and research.
I recommend this professional career test to everyone.
What a cracker this one is.
Designed by Donald O. Clifton and Tom Rath and a team of scientists from Gallup, the poll people, they created an online assessment to help people determine their strengths.
There are 34 themes of talent that the assessment draws upon and the initial assessment focuses upon your top 5.
You can go on, for a further fee to discover how you fair in the other 29 themes.
To take this as one of your useful career tests, you buy the book , it has the digital key inside to go online to unlock the assessment (you won't find a usable one if you purchase a secondhand copy of the book).
Why wouldn't you want to find out what your strengths are and use them to design your career.
I loved this assessment, in conjunction with the others because strengths are not dealt with in detail in the other tests.
This is very stand alone information about how you do things.
My top strength by a mile is empathy, and this is why I totally get how others are dying in their soul sucking Monday to Friday work schedules, trying to please people in the workplace who just don't understand them and never will.
This is one of the career tests to take if you are interested in being an entrepreneur/solopreneur/design your own job kind of person.
It is the world’s leading profiling tool for determining what kind of entrepreneurship is the best model for you to follow.
You operate best in your flow.
It is also extremely useful in determining how you will operate in a job.
You can take one of these brilliant career tests to find out which of the eight wealth profiles is your natural path.
Your personalized report will give you clear direction on what path to follow in your job, business and investments.
This was an interesting one for me, I got my profile totally wrong by just reading the types available.
I thought I was a supporter!
I turned out to be a trader, which has taken me a while to get my head around but now I understand what it means in a more broader sense.
Not like a market trader but a trader in information.
I see what is on offer and I discard the bad stuff and seek out the great stuff rather like a stallholder picking out the best quality fruit/price at the wholesalers.
Read more and watch an explanatory video about Wealth Dynamics here...
Now, forgive me if you think this is all a bit woo woo, but I do have a couple of alternative tools I found extremely useful.
Not career tests as such, but a couple of methods, about personality explanation that frankly, I thought were equally just as useful offering me information to help as the ones above.
So take these ideas in the spirit of which they are given or just walk on by and take no notice.
I guarantee though, some of you will go wow, how interesting is that! and maybe skip the conventional career tests altogether.
I am naturally interested in astrology, my birth sign guarantees I will want to know about it (Scorpio).
I bought a career & vocation astrology report and found it one of the most useful tools ever for me.
I picked out the core information from it and put it in bullet form and it gave a complete and accurate picture of who I was, what I was interested in, how I like to do things and some ideal careers I might like.
Career guidance for others was one of them
There are many, many astrology sites out there, go find one you resonate with, but my personal favourite was with the world renowned Astrologer Liz Green and her chart I thought was genius.
See what you think, I would love to know what you think about using astrology as a tool for your career guidance.
You do have to pay for it but I believe it is very valuable information.
This tool was equally as fascinating as the career and vocation astrology chart.
Numbers are everywhere and when you start to learn about numerology you will understand that nothing is a co-incidence in your life.
There are many strands in numerology, but you will probably be interested in knowing about your life path and your destiny, and what will be happening at different stages of your life.
I was very happy to learn...
Something I may say or do could have a dramatic impact on others lives which is absolutely perfect for my newly discovered vocation.
And the most interesting thing about my chart?
My destiny was due to come to fruition in my life at exactly this period in time.
All of my previous experiences in life were leading up to this one.
Almost as if it has been pre- determined.
Now I don't know what you will find out about your life, but it will certainly be interesting.
My chart was completed by a lady called Carol Adrienne, an author of several books about life purpose.
In fact it was reading her book: The Purpose of Your Life, way back at the end of the 1990's that got me started on my journey to find out what I should be doing with my life.
If you really think it is too woo woo, I urge you to look at the chart of the late Steve Jobs.
I would say, this was a man who followed his chart, wouldn't you?
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