Personal Effectiveness and Responsibility
Is a Career Interest Test Useful?
Career interest tests are now many and various as an aid to help individuals of all kinds to make more intelligent choices about which career choice to make, especially given the huge number of options or alternatives that are now available.
In general, career assessments are designed to help individuals understand how a variety of personal attributes (which may include interests, values, preferences, motivations, aptitudes, competencies, skills and even values), are likely to have an impact their potential success in getting a given career and their subsequent satisfaction with such a career.
Of course personal attributes or preferences are only one part of the equation. Many requires have very specific eligibility requirements that may require a certain base education or certification to be attained for example, or require an individual to undertake very specific training before they can be considered.
Although, they vary in style and format considerably and have various levels of richness in terms of output reports, the following career interest tests (most of which are available to take on the Internet for free in some cases or a relatively small fee in others) are well worth exploring:
- http://www.livecareer.com/career-test (general assessment)
- http://www.careertest.net/ (based on Jung’s type thinking)
- http://www.careerkey.org/your-personality/career-interest-inventory.html (based on the popular Holland’s six career cluster preferences)
- http://www.assessment.com/ The MAPP assessment is a popular broadly based inventory
- http://www.careerpath.com/ (a multi-part testing suite)
- http://www.skillcow.com/ (another multi-part testing suite)
- http://www.harrisonassessments.com (an entire career navigation system or CNS)
Ultimately, a well-constructed career interest self-assessment can be helpful in assessing the areas in which an individual has strengths and where they may be in need of development. The results that emerge (even if they only point broadly in a certain direction) can then be extremely useful in helping these individuals to choose a career (assuming he or she meets the base eligibility requirements of a given job role of course) that is more in tune with their personal goals and talents.