Career tests are not predictors of the future.  They cannot measure how your life will grow and change. They cannot predict, for example, if you will get married or have a child.  Therefore, they can often be misleading when giving information that may not be adaptable as your ideas and life changes. And online career tests are even dangerous.

Whatever your reason for looking into career aptitude tests, you need to start with an honest self-assessment.  By assessing who you are and what you want, you are looking deep into your being.  You are examining how that would relate to the many types of work situations available.  For example, you may realize you do not do well in an office environment that is small and has limited growth opportunity.  You may want opportunities to travel and move up in rank.

Knowing this will help you hone in on the right career to meet your needs.  If you are able to honestly assess your life decisions and situations, you will be more likely to find a situation that helps you feel challenged, motivated, and fulfilled in your work and life journey.  And there is no online test to help you figure this out.  However, you will want to consider these five things as part of your self-assessment before you go for any career aptitude test.

1. What Drives You

Knowing what drives you can help you find the career that provides that drive.  Is it money, recognition in your field, or personal satisfaction for exacting change?  If money is a driving force, for example, being a teacher would be a poor career choice.

2. How You Relate to Others

Knowing how you get along with different people will help you identify the right work environment.  If you prefer to work alone, and you do not really like conflict, a career in the hospitality industry may not be for you.

3. Your Preferred Environment 

Are you the kind of person who likes a nice, quiet atmosphere to study and work in?  Or do you like a place with a lot of meetings and idea creation?  Knowing the type of environments you like will help you find a career with that type of environment.  If you like it boisterous with a lot of teamwork, marketing may be a better fit than developing software, for example.

4. What Makes You Tick

What makes you really mad?  What mildly annoys you?  Knowing this information will help you look into careers that allow you to avoid these situations.  For example, if you know that having total freedom with no guidance frustrates you, then a career where you are allowed to work on your own projects with your own time frame may not be the best fit.

5. What Makes You Happy

Just like knowing what makes you tick, knowing what makes you happy can help you find a career that you will be more satisfied with in the long term.  If, for example, you like helping others achieve their goals, a career in a public service organization may work well.

I would suggest you to consider self-assessment based on these five major parameters than go for any test and later wonder with your own thoughts and decisions.

“Don’t settle for anything less than your love” — Avinash Sahoo

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