Taking a test that reveals your personality type can suggest
career avenues you hadn't even considered before.
According to American educator and entrepreneur, Salman Khan:
"Among the world's children starting grade school this year, 65
per cent will end up doing jobs that haven't even
been invented yet." Predicting careers can therefore seem
like an uncertain and foolhardy task.
Taking a test that reveals your personality type can suggest career
avenues you hadn't even considered before. And while there are
definite advantages to personality and aptitude tests, the key is to
not consider it an absolute prediction or rely too heavily on what
they say. Rather, use them as an aid to narrow down your options.
Whether you're just about to start higher education or are thinking
of launching a second career, it's a good idea to take some time to
consider your strengths and skills and what they might be best suited
to when it comes to a workplace role.
A large portion of your adult life is going to be taken up with
working, but in today's world most
people switch careers at least once, if not several times, and
this reflects the fact that today people are demanding careers that
are fulfilling. As our passions and interests change over time, so too
do our personalities, and we might find that the job that once felt
perfect no longer suits.
Knowing whether you're a people person, a critical thinker, an
introvert, a leader, a team player or a technical specialist can be
incredibly helpful, allowing you to automatically discount jobs that
require a skill set that doesn't suit your own. However, it's
important to remember that even if on paper it doesn't look like you'd
match the role, you never know until you start a job whether you're
actually suited to it. After all, there are many other factors
involved in job satisfaction, the biggest of which is passion,
although that's not necessarily easily measured. However, if you are
passionate about your chosen career then chances are you're going to
be good at it too.
If you're looking for the next step in your career, or keen to
completely revamp your job type, there are countless courses you can
take advantage of at TAFE NSW.