You often hear management gurus and successful people talk about finding your passion and choosing the right career. But it’s easier said than done, isn’t it? How do you know what is right for you? A few quizzes might help.
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From classic scientific tests to questionnaires based on new research, these quizzes should point you in the right direction. After that, it’s up to you.
1. For a Career With a Social Impact, a Quiz by Oxford Academics
Have you ever thought about how much time you will work in your life? Take an average of 40 hours a week, for 50 weeks a year, for 40 years. That’s a total of 80,000 hours! You need to choose your career wisely, and a group of Oxford academics are here to help.
This quiz targets only those who want a profession that delivers a social impact. If you want to become the regional manager of a paper company in Scranton, move on to the other quizzes. Let’s just say, take the 80,000 Hours quiz if you aren’t meant to be a programmer6 Signs That You Are Not Meant To Be A Programmer6 Signs That You Are Not Meant To Be A ProgrammerNot everyone is cut out to be a programmer. If you aren't completely sure that you're meant to be a programmer, here are some signs that may point you in the right direction.Read More. But if you want to make changes in civil policy or go on the ground in disaster-struck areas, the 80,000 Hours Quiz will tell you what’s more apt for you.
It has only six questions with multiple-choice answers. Based on that, it will tell you the ideal social impact career, and give you plenty of data on how to pursue it.
2. RIASEC: The Holland Code Career Test
Perhaps the most famous aptitude test among along, the Holland Code Career Test (or the RIASEC test) pinpoints your interests. Developed by psychologist John L. Holland, it is still widely used in several educational institutions.
RIASEC stands for the six work personality types that this test determines:
- R: Realistic (Doers)
- I: Investigative (Thinkers)
- A: Artistic (Creators)
- S: Social (Helpers)
- E: Enterprising (Persuaders)
- C: Conventional (Organizers)
This filtering alone serves as a great starting point in deciding your career. This is a multiple choice test, where you have to rank tasks or ideas based on how much you dislike or like them. At the end of the 100 choices, you’ll find where you fit in RIASEC. It’s the kind of data that helps determine if you can have a career in technologyDo You Have What It Takes for a Career in Technology?Do You Have What It Takes for a Career in Technology?The digital world may tempt you to jump on the information technology wagon. But is it the right choice for you? You have to make a decision. Ask yourself these seven questions.Read More.
Truity’s Holland Code quiz will explain what your personality type means, and give a few basic options of the careers you can choose. But there are better resources online to find careers based on your RIASEC, like this large list. Truity is the only full free quiz to find your RIASEC type, which is why we recommend it.
3. The Best Quiz, Especially for a Career Change
Among all these free quizzes, Sokanu is the most thorough. More than that, it also puts an emphasis on changing careers by finding out what you did in the past and what you’re willing to do.
The quiz starts with a personality test not too different from the Holland Code. The next few sections are key though. Sokanu’s career tests asks about your history and your goals, going so far as to ask what minimum salary you would want or what kind of workplace you’d be comfortable in.
Be warned, it’s a fairly long quiz and it’s best to sign in so you save your progress. But long also means thorough, and I found that Sokanu was the best quiz at assessing what kind of career I’d like and am suited for. If you want something simpler, check out the Rasmussen Aptitude Test or these other tools to pinpoint your aptitude5 Career Tools You Can Use to Pinpoint Your Career Aptitude5 Career Tools You Can Use to Pinpoint Your Career AptitudeRead More.
4. The Simplest, Quickest Quiz: Rasmussen’s Aptitude Test
Rasmussen College has a simple and quick aptitude test for its students, which is also freely available for anyone online. It’s ideal for you if you know enough about yourself already, and are only searching for careers based on that.
In the quiz, you have to use sliders on seven parameters to filter your career choices:
You can further filter the list with your expected salary, estimated job growth, and level of education. Put all of it together and Rasmussen will spit out which professions you should consider.
If you like such simplicity in a quiz, also check out our review of WTF Should I Do With My LifeWTF Should You Do With Your Life? This Site Leads You in the Right DirectionWTF Should You Do With Your Life? This Site Leads You in the Right DirectionIf you don't know what to do with your life, don't worry -- you aren't alone! And this site has been built to help you figure out a path you'll enjoy.Read More. It’s a similar approach to finding the right profession for you, but the Rasmussen quiz is still better in my opinion.
5. Career FAQs From Successful People, at Breakout Careers
Breakout Careers is technically not a quiz, but it has the right questions and answers for anyone in the job market. The site compiles the most frequently asked questions in this space, and compiles answers from successful people in different fields.
It’s a series of eight steps of the career ladder, with advice from people like Elon Musk, Sheryl Sandberg, Eric Schmidt, and other famous names. Breakout Careers covers everything from how to find happiness to how to decide which company to join.
In fact, for the latter question, you should also visit its sister site, Breakout List. This list tracks companies hiring in Silicon Valley, and divides them into prospects like mission-centric firms or those with great growth potential. But remember, these are tech-centric workplaces. So make sure whatever you do, you have the skills to ensure no robot takes your jobIf You Have These Skills, No Robot Will Ever Take Your JobIf You Have These Skills, No Robot Will Ever Take Your JobLosing your job to robots is no longer a sci-fi fantasy. Here are eight skills that can keep your job from being handed off to a robot.Read More.
Do You Know What You Want To Do?
Many of us take the first well-paying, stable job that comes our way, and end up in a career by accident. But do you really know what you want to do? Are you pursuing your dream job, or stuck in a place you told yourself was a stop-gap arrangement?
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What would you rather be doing right now?
Drawing a Picture, Reading a Book or Dancing Around, just for fun.
I'm not sure. I should probably be helping the less fortunate, babysitting or helping around the house.
Singing, Making someone Laugh, Cooking something to eat or writing a skit for a play.
Shooting Hoops, Throwing a Ball around, running, something active. I'm only taking this quiz because its raining.
A trivia challenge or participating in a spelling bee. I know I sound like a geek but at least I won't be a hobo when I grow up.
Playing Man Hunt in the Woods with my friends...aw, I really wish I was doing that right now! Maybe I'll call a few people.
Your little sibiling is sick. What will you do to cheer them up?
Make them a get well soon card
Sing them a Song I wrote myself, or maybe one of their favorite songs. I'll probably also tell them a joke.
Why should I help them? Nothing
Reanact my awesome stunt I performed in gym.
Uh-Oh. Get them anything they want and make sure they do everything I can so they will get better ASAP.
Read them a book and research their sickness and tell them how to get better.
What did you get on your last Science Quiz? Honestly...
105% as usual, I always make sure to do the extra credit.
92%, I would have done better but my sibling was sick (remember) and I had to take care of them
Who cares about Science when your excelling in gym class?
83%, I would have done better but my teacher took off for all the doodles I drew on it.
In your opinion whats the best thing to watch on TV?
I'm not really into TV anymore. Project Runway and other shows on Bravo are pretty good though.
Grey's Anatomy and Mystery Diagnosis they are so interessting because you never know whats going to happen, you can only hope for the best.
Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Olympics, etc. Isn't that the only thing on TV?
Basically Everything! I really get into Talent Competition Shows and E! News though.
TV is a waste of time. However if I must chose I'd have to go with, Jepordy. If that doesn't count I'd pick a blank screen.
Fear Factor, Survivor, South Park, Family Guy, King of the Hill and shows with Construction, but only the ones where things go majorly wrong.
The Best Part of School is...
DRAMA CLUB! but thats after school...oh well
The learning part? Extra Clubs are a waste of energy.
Art Class, its the only class where you aren't denied your rights of free expression as a citizen
Gym, how many times do I have to say it.
I know most people pick lunch but isn't the best part leaving? duuuh
Although it doesn't happen too often going to get your eye exam, or your height and weight checked. I love seeing all the doctor equitment, its so shiny and the nurses always seem so joyful doing their job.
If someone asked you what your favorite color was and why how would you respond?
Pink, Red or Yellow! They are all so spontaneous and attention grabbing.
All colors, espically when they are in patterns or splatters, they look...uhmm...ask the smart kid for the adjective I'm looking for.
Purple or Yellow. Who doesn't love one of those colors? They make me feel welcome.
Green. It reminds me of being out in the woods playing a game, or being at the top of a mountain looking down at all the vast valleys of trees.
Blue. Are you seriously acting why? It just is.
Night or Day?
Night, its so mysterious and perfect for jumping out at people and scaring them.
Night. The lights of town are so much brighter at night and who could forget the best part? Night is the time to Party!
Day. Its so much happier and there are so many more things you can accomplish in the day then at night.
Either or. Most Professional Games are on at Night but you can't really do anything outside unless you've got a huge light at night.
Day. Its so much brighter and happier.
What would your Friends Tag you as on Facebook?
The one who can't sit still
The Adventurous/Dare Devil
Right Now you should probably be doing something but you're trying to avoid it. What is it?
Nothing. I finished all my Homework. But I'm craving a good Novel. This better be over soon.
I'm content taking this quiz. I can still listen and sing along to music
Helping Out around the house, that's also what I want to be doing, who cares about this quiz anymore? I'm out.
Lots of things. Cleaning my room, finishing homework, but its not going to happen.
Well my friends are going to be here soon so I'm just waiting for them to arrive. This is a good thing to occupy myself for a little bit.
Practicing, there's a big game tomorrow night & the baseball game's starting soon. Jeez, I lost track of time! I have to go NOW!