I am looking to change industries. I have been in insurance for 10 years and I
have experience in several areas but I am bored and not very excited about my job.
I am thinking of taking a personality test to match me in a job that will hopefully be
more fitting. Can you tell me where to start and what services would be best? I
really want it to be available online.
The Career Doctor responds:
Career change is a big step and while I believe personality tests have a place
in the process I believe you first need to spend some reflective time with yourself
examining your likes and dislikes. You also need to decide if you are simply
bored with your job — or bored with your current career path. Literally sit down
with a pen and a piece of paper and make two columns — likes and dislikes –
and start putting activities into each column. Don’t just use work activities –
include everything from hobbies to volunteering. The key to this activity is to
rediscover who you are and what you really like — to find what energizes you.
Once you have a better feel for yourself then consider taking one or more
assessment tests. Each one is different; some of these tests will give you
results that give insight to your work or management style others will show
careers for people of similar types and others will simply give you insight into
who you are. For established job-seekers my current favorite is CareerMaze
(which you can find at CareerMaze.com).
The results from this assessment include both a specific career-relevant
discussion of your workplace personality and a list of job types compatible
with your personality. For high school or college students I recommend the
Jackson Vocational Interest Survey (JVIS). The JVIS accurately measures your
interests showing how they relate to the worlds of study and work and mapping
out your route to an interesting career (and you can find it at
If you do decide to make a career change then your next steps are identifying
your transferable skills and accomplishments. Transferable skills are skills you
have acquired during any activity in your life — jobs classes projects parenting hobbies sports virtually anything — that are transferable and applicable to what
you want to do in your next job. General categories of transferable skills include:
communications; research and planning; human relations; organization management and leadership; and work survival.
Once you decide
on a new career path you MUST immediately begin building network contacts
in your new field.
Finally consider reviewing all the career
change resources available at Quintessential Careers.