Now more than ever, people are defining themselves by their work. With 40 plus hours a week of work becoming the norm for many, it has become increasingly important that people find jobs with which they are compatible, and ultimately enjoy doing. A career mismatch can lead to a great deal of frustration and unhappiness. Across all jobs and careers, it is clear that people who enjoy their work tend to be better at what they do. We take this principle as the premise of this Career Path & Aptitude Assessment. Aiming to measure particular aspects of Virginia's values and preferences and match her with jobs that she would likely excel at, this assessment can help broaden her understanding of the available jobs out there.
The results for the assessment will be structured in the following manner: First you will receive a description of Virginia's career interests. These will also be ranked from most to least important. Second, you will receive information about Virginia's intelligence types, which are the areas that she is either most naturally skilled in or the areas in which she has best developed her abilities. These will be ordered from her most skilled areas to her least skilled areas. Thirdly, you will find Virginia's values and work styles. These include information about what she considers important to accomplish in her career and what drives her, and a description of the type of employee she would be. In the last section, Virginia's career picks identified by the test will be listed, along with a description of what the job entails, and information about salary and job requirements. The job titles, descriptions and basic information provided are taken from the O*NET database, created by the U.S. Department of Labor. You can find more information about the recommended careers at the online O*NET Resource Center
In terms of the careers to which this assessment matched Virginia, it is important that she
try to picture actually doing each job that she is matched with. Questions she may want to ask herself are:
- "Where could I live if I had this job?"
- "What would my day-to-day duties consist of?"
- "Would I be proud to tell my friends or family that this is how I make a living?"
- "Do I see myself doing this job well?"
- "Do I see myself being happy while doing this job?"
- "Would it satisfy my intellectual needs, financial needs, and mesh with my values?"
- "For how long could I imagine myself working at each of these jobs? Could I enjoy this for a year, 5 years, 10 years, or my entire working life?"
Virginia may not be able to answer some of the questions listed above depending on how much she knows about each career. We recommend that she conduct some of her own research on the careers and fields that interest her. Even if she thinks she has a good idea of what a particular job means on a day-to-day basis, she might want to check again - duties often change with the times and technology, and the definition of what it means to hold that job might have changed significantly. In terms of long-term job satisfaction, it is essential to have a clear idea about what her day-to-day duties will include should she choose that occupation.