How to use the Internet to take a test or use a tool to find out what career is better for you than your current one
You’ve realized your current career isn’t right for you, but you don’t know what kind of job would suit you better. You can take interactive tests on the Internet.
Some of these tests tell you a lot about your personality and can be applied to career development but only marginally helpful in choosing a career. For a detailed table comparing and reviewing these assessments — and more — go to Quintessential Careers: Online Career Assessment Review.
See also: The 10-Step Plan to Career Change, by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
- For Teens and Young Adults:
QuintCareers Assessment Powered by JVIS — developed to assist high school and college students, and adults with educational and career planning, the Jackson Vocational Interest Survey will help you discover the college majors and rewarding careers that match your interests. Provides a detailed report, with career implications and jobs that match your pattern. Top-rated. Fee-based.
- For Established Job-Seekers or Career Changers:
CareerMaze — if you’re looking for some career direction, then taking this assessment might be just the answer for you. This assessment is an online tool designed to help you find your future by increasing your self-knowledge. Provides a detailed report, with career implications and jobs that match your pattern. Top-rated. Fee-based.
Career Directions Inventory at LiveCareer.com — identifies your career interests (highest and lowest) and then tells you what jobs match your results in your highest scored categories. Also includes workplace fit preferences using seven approaches to work (and based on Holland Scale). Results are presented in text and graphic form. No cost to job-seekers for basic report.
ImproveNow.comImproveNow.com offers several interesting assessments for job-seekers, including ImproveNowPSI, which examines your personal style in helping better understand yourself, and the ImproveNow JSI, which is designed to help you identify and articulate behavior styles appropriate for your job. Free.
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter asks you to fill in a questionnaire of about 70 questions, which is automatically scored on the Web. Your results will be in the form of Myers-Briggs Types, and suggestions of appropriate careers are made. Free.
The “>MAPP (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential) Assessment consists of a questionnaire with 71 triads of three statements. Assessment is designed to guide, motivate, and empower test-takers to achieve their greatest educational and career potential. Very detailed results are sent via e-mail; more details and guidance available for a fee. Free.
TypeFocus is a free online assessment that is similar to the Myers-Briggs and gives results in Myers-Briggs types. TypeFocus also offers an inexpensive ($14.95) paid program, TypeFocus Careers Program, with results offering greater detail that is more career-oriented than a typical personality tests.
knowyourtype.com is the only assessment site that offers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument online. Take the 93-question assessment online and get the results (a seven-page report) emailed back to you. Includes lifetime access to client support area. Fee-based.
TestingRoom.com — a site dedicated to helping you learn more about yourself. The site includes access to numerous online tests and assessments for self-discovery (including career assessment, values competencies, and work personality). Membership, assessments, and abbreviated results are free, but you must pay for detailed test results.
See also these assessment articles:
- Online Career Assessments: Helpful Tools of Self-Discovery, by Katharine Hansen, for more information about how best to use these assessments.
- Career Assessment Do’s and Don’ts for useful tips and advice.
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