We have been studying and developing career tests since 1997. We have also been trained and certified in several types of instruments used for career testing including the Strong® and the Myers-Briggs®. So by now we know something about using career tests, especially when it comes to helping people discover better careers for themselves.
Here is what we know...
A "Career Test" is any tool that helps you think about what type of career or what type of work will be a good fit for you.
You will also find that "Career Tests" fall under the term "Career Assessments."
Many psychologists, career counselors, and career coaches prefer to use the term "Career Assessment" because the term "career test" implies there are right or wrong answers. Also, the word "test" can make people nervous. We agree but...
Because the term "career test" is more widely accepted and far more popular than the term "career assessment," we use it at CareerPlanner.
Hopefully we won't offend anyone too much.
You will find Career tests in several different forms:
When looking at career tests, look to see what information they are based on:
Career Counselors typically give their clients a variety of career tests because you never know which one will provide the best ideas and insights.
At CareerPlanner, we always used both an interest based test and a personality based test with our career counseling clients.
But over the last few years we have added the skills and values based instruments.
A good career test should teach you something about yourself. It should provide insights into your likes and dislikes. Your preferences.
Knowing yourself is one of the keys to success, and career tests are designed to help you become more self aware.
A good career test, whether its on paper, in a book, or online, should stimulate ideas for careers that might be a good fit for you.
If you are older, and have already been working for a few years, a good career test should remind you of some of the dreams you had for your future.
Once a career test gives you ideas about careers that may be a good fit, it is up to you to do the research and investigate each possible career choice.
There is no career test nor career assessment that we know of that can narrow down your career choices to the absolute top choice for you. Sorry.
Good career tests will help you narrow down your choices to your top 3 or top 5. But then it's up to you to research those choices to discover which is the best fit for you.
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