December 4, 2013
The choices of occupations and jobs are not easy to decide on and probably haven’t been for a very long time because we have WalMart and McDonalds (by that I mean…we don’t have to hunt and gather for clothes and food). The specialty things you can do in life are amazing. But thinking about the original occupations (not the one you just thought of), like hunters….I had a neighbor whose last name was Hunter. There was another family down the street named Hunt. I’ve never met anyone with the last name Gatherer or Gather but I’m sure they must have lived a few streets over and I just never met them. A very long time ago their ancestors must have been pretty good at what they did to get those names. I’m not sure about some last names though.
Whatever your surname…finding the kind of job or occupation that defines you isn’t easy for some. Even if you don’t want to be defined by your work, I’m sure you want to be appreciated for the things you do whether you’re paid for it or not. There are a lot of thankless jobs and the tip jars of life aren’t as full as we’d like them to be.
Here’s a suggestion. Try taking the Strong Interest Test. It’s not going to tell you which job is going to make you rich and famous but it will help you figure out what you might be good at. I copied this from the instructions for the test:
“The Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is used to help you understand your work interests and to show you some kinds of work in which you might be comfortable. The Strong is not a test of your abilities; it is an inventory of your interests. Your results will be presented to you later in a Strong Interest Inventory profile or report. The profile or report will provide information to help you understand your results.
The following screens list many occupations, subject areas, activities, and personal characteristics to which you will be asked to respond.
INDICATE ONE ANSWER FOR EVERY ITEM. DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME THINKING ABOUT EACH ONE. RELY ON YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION.
When you reach the end of a screen, click the “Continue” button to go on to the next screen. If you need to stop during the assessment and return at a later time, click the “Save & Complete Later” button.
Expect to spend 35-40 minutes answering questions. (Add 10 minutes if you are also completing the Skills Confidence Inventory.)”
The test is fairly easy to take and there are versions for high school, college, career and more. You’ll answer the same questions that others have who are in the occupations/careers which can help you decide where your interests most closely relate. Wouldn’t it be better to know some of this before you might go heavily into debt with college loans or spend significant money and time working towards something you’re unsure will meet your desired lifestyle?
There are a lot of websites that seem to offer this test. I found one which I’m not sure will give you results for free but you can take the test and see what it’s like. Go here, https://online.cpp.com/en/index.aspx
Here’s a lengthy video about the test. I know, it’s over an hour and it’s not entertainment (no cats). But if you don’t want to spend thousands of hours and dollars in a career that’s not fulfilling, you should spend a little time investing in making an educated decision about who you want to be.
BTW, I took this test twice when I was a lot younger when I was not sure what I wanted to do for a living. I picked one of the closest matches in the results….optometry. Another good place to look up a lot of occupations and what kinds of things they might entail: http://www.onetonline.org/