I am presently a 24-year-old executive chef. I work insane hours to make the kitchen function in a field that get little respect and is very hard to find good employees. I am getting tired of it. I have the capabilities to do just about anything. I don’t know what I want to do. Is there an online link that can give you questions and compile them into possible careers from the way you answer them?
The Career Doctor responds:
First let me say Mike that if you are good at what you do and you enjoy being a chef — minus the hassles — you should consider staying a chef but look at other avenues for being a chef. If however you feel being a chef is not in your future then yes there are a number of free online personality and career-focused tests that you can take that can give you some direction and some focus. These tests however will not give you answers…maybe only more questions.
You can find what I consider the best self-assessment tests on the Web in this section of Quintessential Careers: Career Assessment Tools & Tests. There are also some good ones that you have to pay to get the results but for most people those on this list are enough. If you feel you need yet more tests email me back and I’ll set you up with a few others.