Info: Applicable across all areas of your life, the MBTI is probably one of the most-used assessments by career centers and managers alike. The MBTI gives you a sense of your personality preferences: where you get your energy, how you like to take in information, how you make decisions, and what kind of structure you like in the world around you. While these preferences can certainly point to careers that might suit you well, they can also give you a lot of valuable information about what kind of workplaces might be best for you, what your working preferences are, and how you can best relate to others at the office.
Info: The Self-Directed Search (SDS) is built with the idea that people and jobs can be categorized into six different types: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, or conventional.
After answering questions about your aspirations, activities, interests, and the like, you will receive the three types that best fit you, along with a list of careers that generally fit people with a mix of those types.
Info: Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, this tool uses a method similar to Self-Directed Search to help you identify where your career interests lie, then points you toward career paths that might feed those interests.The results section even has the option to search different careers by how much preparation is necessary to get into them, meaning you can find options that are a fit to your current skill level.
Info: MyPlan.com offers a suite of four different tests to help you find your perfect career and measure your career personality (similar to the MBTI), interests, skills, and desired values (the only free test on the site).
You can learn things from each test individually (for example, the career values test will give you a sense of what to look for in a new position in order to find meaning), but the site also offers a service that takes the results of all the tests you take to help you find a job that matches your profile.
Info: The Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential Assessment (MAPP) uses 71 different triads where your task is to select a statement that most applies to you, followed by selecting another statement that applies to you the least. The assessment generates a summary of career choices and a rundown of how you get along with people, how you reason, your temperament, aptitude — and even your mathematical capacity.
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