You might have lots of talent that will help you do a great job no matter what career you choose. However, you might waste your life, your talents, and your energy in a career that is not in-sync with your true purpose and your true mission in life. Yes, you can be very successful in the wrong type of work. But why waste your life doing the wrong work? Why be miserable? Why not be happy?
Unfortunately, our school system does very little to help students discover their true calling. Repeated budget cuts and crowded classrooms have all but eliminated career planning and career counseling from the schools.
So it is up to you to do the soul searching that will give you the insight into your true vocation. This is where online personality tests and career tests can help.
Online Personality Tests and Career Tests
Online personality tests and career tests can help you better understand why you are here and what type of work you should be doing to achieve job satisfaction, happiness, and success.
Personality tests are most useful in giving you insight into "how" your personality compares to others and "how" you like to work.
At CareerPlannner.com we have looked at many types of online personality tests, as well as personality tests found in popular self help books.
What we have found is that personality tests are much more useful at helping you understand how to work better with your coworkers, how to better understand others, and how to resolve interpersonal conflicts than they are at showing you "what" work you will be passionate about.
In particular, if you frequently experience difficulty working with others, getting their support and cooperation, or if you are too emotional at work, a really good personality test for you and the person you have conflict with would show you how to get along better.
Understanding someone else is what getting along is all about. By the way, that is something else that is not taught in schools.
Personality tests will also help you understand your personal values (what matters most to you) and this does relate to your career.
Personality tests can also point you in a career direction by providing a list of careers that people with similar personality types have found to be a good fit.
Career Interest Tests are another way to get career direction. Our online Career Test, will help you discover what your true interests are, and what type of work you will be passionate about.
But back to personality tests. The most well established personality tests are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® , and the Enneagram.
The Two Most Powerful Personality Tests
The Myers-Briggs is perhaps the most widely known and most well established personality test. This test divides all personalities into16 basic types using work originally done by noted psychiatrist, Carl Jung. The MBTI® as it is known, is supposed to be administered and interpreted by a certified counselor. At CareerPlanner.com we are trained and certified to administer the MBTI. For the official and authentic Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) click here.
Once you take the Myers-Briggs personality test and discover your "type", there are several books that will help you interpret and understand what it all means.
We also offer a free Personality Test that will point you towards your 4 letter personality type. Once you know that, you can investigate which types of careers people with your same type have found to be a good fit. Our Advanced Personality Type Career Report provides a complete explanation of personality type as well as a list of over 100 careers for each type.
The Enneagram personality test, is less well known by the public, but seems to be very well known amongst the psychologists we know. It divides all personalities into 9 types and shows you the strengths and weaknesses associated with each type. This personality test is offered by the Enneagram Institute .
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and MBTI® are registered trademarks of Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc