Taking a career test is a little like playing "what do you want to be when you grow up?" with a twist. The twist is that career tests can give you ideas about what you possibly should do rather than you simply pondering what you want to do.
How Career Assessments Work
Career assessment tests, tools and quizzes are based on psychology and personality - and even on your color preferences. The theory is that different personality types respond to questions in a different way. Your psychological type can be a predictor of a career choice that is a good fit for your personality.
These tests ask a series of questions that help match your personality with a career.
Matching Personality Type With Careers
A personality test can give you an indication of which jobs match your personality type and which careers you may have an aptitude for. You do need to remember that the test results are only an indicator and should not be relied on as an absolute assessment of which career or job is best for you.
Take a Career Test
That said, spend some time taking a career test or two, conduct a career assessment, review career options and consider how they may fit with your personality. Evaluating your goals and life style can provide insight into what types of jobs you are best suited for.
You may also get some information on career options that you hadn't even thought of before. Also some of the tests are actually fun to take. If nothing else, you will gain information on potential careers that you can explore to see if they really are a good fit.
A variety of different career tests are available online. Some are complicated, others are quick and easy. There are fees for some assessments, others are free. Start with the free tests to see how they work for you.
Then consider the more in-depth analysis provided by the top rated assessment instruments like Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory or the Keirsey Temperament Sorter which do charge a fee for products and services but may be well worth the investment because they are known to be reliable and effective tools for career assessment.
Free Career Tests
When you are not sure what type of job you want or what you want to do next with your career, a career test can help you narrow down your job choices and help you choose a career path that is compatible with your interests. Here are free career tests that can help you decided what job is right for you.
Top Career Tests
This is one of the top rated instruments to help assess your personality type and explore career options (fee). If you're a college graduate, check to see if your career office offers no-cost testing for alumni.
Online career assessment tool (fee) which determines how similar you are to six different personality types. The results are linked to occupational choices.
Discover Your Perfect Career Quiz
Take Monster's quick quiz and discover which career is perfect for you. This one only takes a few minutes.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter, another top rated test, helps you discover what type of temperament you have and tells you if you're an Artisan, Guardian, Rational or Idealist (free description, option to purchase full report).
Sokanu is a free platform for users to assess their interests, personality type, abilities, values and preferred work and social environments in order to find matches which will lead to satisfying careers. Sokanu suggests careers after users respond to a series of questions. There's detailed information available on each of the suggested career options.
Strong Interest Inventory
See how your interests match professional careers, plus learn about your preferred work style, learning environment and leadership style.
Color Career Quiz
Did you know color can be an indicator of what jobs are right for you? ColorQuiz is a quick and easy five-minute test analyzes your personality based on the colors you select.
More Career Tests
Directory of online general psychological and career personality tests.
Career Test Results
Here's what I discovered about my personality and careers. Monster decided I was "cautious, conservative and quiet; literal, realistic and practical, careful and precise; logical, honest and matter of fact" which is a pretty close fit. Some of the other options, like anthropologist or curator are jobs that I would have an interest in doing. Then there was the Color Quiz which told me that I have "considerable stress," need to "stand out from the herd" and I'm "making the best of things." I'm not quite sure about that one!
How about you? Do you have ideas about what careers you are interested in? Let us know What You Want to Be When You Grow Up (even if you are already grown up!) and take a look at the types of jobs and careers other About.com readers are interested in.
Explore Career Options
When you're exploring career options, it's worth taking some time to get some suggestions on what career might be right for you. Then spend time researching the options to discover if you really have found the career that's right for you.
Making Career Decisions
Is it best to follow your dreams or is it better to be practical? Here's advice on how to investigate careers of interest and how and when to decide on what should you be when you grow up or on whether a job or career change is in order.
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