5 Self-Assessments That Help You Make A Better Decision On Choosing Your Dream Job & Career
Trial by error seems to be a natural approach to learning for most of us. After all, that is how we first started learning. “Don’t touch that pan, Tommy. It’s hot!” Screamed our mom. When she turned around, what was the very first thing we did? ... “Ouch!” Screamed Tommy as he started crying.
The same thing happens when we first get into the workforce, we get remedial jobs (or internships and volunteering opportunities) to learn what type of job we like [or dislike], the type of people we prefer to work with, the type of company that best fits our professional goals, etc. But at a point, ladies and gentlemen, learning via “Trial By Error” is no longer needed. Once learned, now we need to apply that knowledge to best help us and make us happy.
Why would you want to be more intentional about your job and your career? Well, in your lifetime, it is likely that you will work at least 43 years straight; that is 421,400 hours! So wouldn’t it make sense for you to be intentional with it and find a sense of happiness and fulfillment? Choosing a job takes time and experience, and choosing the perfect job takes some extra support. Enters self-assessments.
This assessment helps you understand what motivates you. It is backed by 50 years of empirical research and is profoundly powerful at identifying your unique pattern of motivated behavior. It has “Identities” such as “The Achiever, The Optimizer, and The Learner”. Additionally, it identifies 27 motivational themes (examples include “Make an Impact, Collaborate, and Be Unique”). Behind every thought or action we take, there’s always a motivation. Wouldn’t it make sense for us to find these motivations to consciously pursue what we want and desire out of our personal and professional lives?
The StrengthsFinder® helps you uncover your strengths. It is the culmination of over 50 years of work, and millions of people around the world have taken it. This assessment has discovered that a person can have any, some, most, or all of the 32 identified themes. However, focusing on your top 3 strengths identified by this assessment is highly recommended. Some examples of these thirty-two themes are “Achiever, Communication, Developer, Focus, Learner, Self-Assurance, and Strategic”. Taking the StrengthsFinder® can enhance and optimize your productivity, which isn’t a bad thought to consider.
The (MBTI®) is a personality assessment confirming that “behavior is quite orderly and consistent, due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.” In it, we find 16 distinctive personality types. These personality types result from the interactions among preferences such as “Favorite World, Information, Decisions, and Structure”. While (MBTI®) is just another assessment, it can bring you closer to understanding who you are, thus allowing you to capitalize on this discovery or affirmation.
So that you understand the credibility of this assessment, the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration has been using the Holland Code since the late 1990’s. The Holland Code classifies jobs into job categories, interest clusters, or work personality environments. The work personalities, or types, are “Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional”. Taking the Holland Code will give you a deeper understanding on how you can pursue fulfillment at work.
The KTS®-II is a free 70-questions personality assessment widely known. It has been used by over 40 million people from 140 countries. It has also been around for almost 40 years. In the KTS®-II, they identify four basic temperament groups that correlate with human behaviors. They are Artisans™, Guardians™, Rationals™ and Idealists™. You will find this fun and fast to take. Make sure, however, that you do follow the instructions.
Use as many of these self-assessments as possible so you will have a much better understanding of who you are as a person and a professional. Understanding your motivations, strengths, personalities, work personalities, and temperaments can funnel-guide you into your dream job.
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