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I don?t know what I want to do as a career. How do I figure out what jobs might be good for me? Are there tests or quizzes or books or something that might help me?

Topic: Getting a Job | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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You may need to sit down with a blank piece of paper and just jot down all the things that interest you. Once you have written down all the things that interest you, try to narrow the list down by the things you could actually see yourself enjoying as a career. It needs to be something that you will feel happy doing everyday. If you like to write for example, you may want to think about pursuing a career in print journalism. If you enjoy meeting new people and communicating with others, you may want to have a career in the field of communication. If you enjoy cooking, you may want to attend a culinary school and become a chef. But it really all boils down to what will make you happy in the end.

Answered by: Kd Q. | over 3 years ago
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Yes, there is a really cheesy old book called "What Color is Your Parachute" that is actually a great test to assess your strengths via quiz. Like I said, it's a little hokey, but it is a very fair assessment of your job possibilities through your class preferences and personality. Also, talk to your guidance councilor--they always have a wealth of information on this and presumably know you well.

Answered by: Elleygirley B. | over 3 years ago
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Try taking a few career assessment tests. You can take them online for free. Use the results to do research on a few of the fields that you tested high in. From there, you can decide which ones you would want to make a career out of.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | almost 4 years ago
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First, are there things you like to do in your spare time? Can any of your hobbies be translated into a career. If you really can't decide, maybe a community college might be good for you. You can get classes like math and biology out of the way and save some money. Also, each semester you can add a couple elective classes to your schedule to try and figure out which field you're interested in.

Answered by: Syam V. | almost 4 years ago
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If you are still in high school, go to your school guidance councilor and he or she will have a test that you can take to determine a good career. Your guidance councilor will also know your academic strengths and weaknesses which will help. If you are not in school, then go to your local library to find career test books and guides. You can also visit your local community college and see what courses they offer. You may find something that really excites you that you never considered previously!

Answered by: Mighty Spidey L. | almost 4 years ago
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Talk to your guidance councilor about this. They do actually have aptitude and personality test that can help match you with the best career. Once you take the tests, give enough time for the results to come back and return to go over your scores. Discuss the different things that came back for you, and make a list of what interest you most. If that is not an option, there are a few, less reliable tests you can search for and do online. They will give you a read out almost instantly after completing the tests.

Answered by: Lgk E. | almost 4 years ago
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The focus test is a great way to point out your strengths and what areas you would do best in.

Answered by: Anna2662 H. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes, there are aptitude tests that you can take that will tell you what career will suit you best. They use your skills and interests to match you will a career. If you don't want to take that route, think about what you love doing, what makes you happy? Is there a hobby or special skill that you have? Once you answer these questions, head in that direction. Even if people tell you that its stupid or it won't work, you don't know until you try. Its better doing something you love than something that you will be miserable with.

Answered by: Rae3604 J. | almost 4 years ago
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There are many career tests available. These tests analyze your personality and help you choose the correct career path. CareerPath.com offers numerous career tests to assist you.

Answered by: Kasey1720 S. | almost 4 years ago
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There are definitely books and quizzes to help determine your personality and what type of careers suit that type of person. Your school's career counselors would know which tests and books are useful. They will help you with all the options that are available and explain to you the track that you should be on to obtain it.

Answered by: Choco Mint Y. | almost 4 years ago
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Take your general education requirement at a community college instead of a four year. This way, your schooling will be cheaper and you won't be wasting money. Community colleges have smaller classes and the teachers are more friendly and available to talk with students. By taking classes with them, you will have a closer relationship with subjects and learn which subjects you really like and it will help you choose a major. Also, get involved in some clubs around campus for those subjects, as you'll how to use what you learn in real life, which will also help in deciding whether you could work in that subject field. Also, community colleges have offices and counseling to tell you what careers may be best for what you want, your needs, and what jobs you can get with a degree in a certain field. You could take online quizzes, which are very easy to find, but are usually not reliable.

Answered by: Mayell U. | almost 4 years ago
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Go to the career adviser at your school. They will have some tests and quizzes that are designed to reveal what your skills are, as well as what kind of work environment and pace you want to work with. You'll also be able to speak with someone about what you found. You may also be able to find these kinds of tests online or at a book store online or offline, but they will cost you.

Answered by: Junior Sweet P. | almost 4 years ago
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Most of your freshman year of college is spent trying to discover what career path you would enjoy the most. You should start by looking into majors that have classes that may interest you and try some of the classes out. You should also think about what hobbies you enjoy and see if there are any jobs that may be related to the. You can also check online as there are some career aptitude tests that can help you figure out what you might be inclined to do.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | almost 4 years ago
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Your first step should be to talk to your school's guidance counselor. He or she can help you take a test like the Scholastic Aptitude Test. You can also do volunteer work at a variety of business or charities to find out what kind of work you're interested in and good at.

Answered by: Kat68 Q. | almost 4 years ago
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Take a test or quiz. Their also books that you can buy that have tests inside. Here is a couple websites for career tests: http://www.careertest.net/ http://www.careerpath.com/ http://www.questcareer.com/career_assessment_resources.html

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | almost 4 years ago
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Just pick something that you love in life and build on that. There is a career for everything. If you love kids, consider education, if you love music, there's a path for that as well. Just think about what your hobbies are and pick something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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Your guidance counselor will be able to administer some tests and personality assessments to see which career field you will excel in. If your school doesn't offer this, you can do a search for career tests and advice and you will find many sites that will help you narrow down your choices into something you are comfortable with.

Answered by: Yancy T. Q. | almost 4 years ago
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Can any of your hobbies be translated into careers? Do you enjoy writing, or maybe art? Think about things you like to do already and if they could be made into a career. Another way is to take a few classes at a local community college. Add a few different areas of studies to your curriculum and see if you like any of them.

Answered by: Syam V. | almost 4 years ago
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There are many tests you can take. I suggest that you narrow down your interests and then explore those as careers. You can take various classes about each interest and whichever one you like the best you can pursue further. There is something out there for everyone so don't be discouraged. It takes more time for other people to figure out what they want to do. Just make sure you do something you love otherwise you will be miserable.

Answered by: Banana K. | almost 4 years ago
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There are tests and quizzes that test your personality. Then it matches your personality with career fields. You can find these quizzes online or ask your career counselors at your school. You can also read up books that are related to maybe a job field such as accounting or biology. Start with what classes you find interesting and try to find a career field that matches those classes.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | almost 4 years ago
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Take general classes and figure out which classes spark your interest. Ask your advisor or professors about what they did with their degrees (most would not have jumped straight to teaching). If you think you are keen on a particular career path but want to be 100% sure it is right for you, take an internship in that field. Most internships are paid and you get to experience exactly what the job requires. Check with your college to see if there is a career counseling center on your campus to help you with your questions.

Answered by: Ktownmeh O. | almost 4 years ago
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Try to think of things you like to do. Do you like to write? Have you always liked chem lab? If this doesn't help try taking some courses is various subjects. If you find yourself liking one more than the others explore that more.

Answered by: Cook S. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes, there are all kinds of tests available online or at the college career center. Check out the local library for books that will help you narrow down the choices based on your strengths. A good test that gives a great look at career aptitudes is the one given by the military. Test results come back with both military and civilian jobs that you would be qualified for based on your interests and strengths.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | almost 4 years ago
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Many colleges offer a Career Services center where employees work one-on-one with other students. The purpose is to help the student realize both strengths and weaknesses that the student has. Based on this, the student can choose appropriate career paths.

Answered by: Arnold C. | almost 4 years ago
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To know what someone can do for a career isn't something that a simple test or quiz can tell you. In order to know, the person has to do what he or she likes and then see what what career is tackleable. If anything, test or quizzes test you on your knowledge of it.

Answered by: Greg I. | almost 4 years ago
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Take general classes and figure out which classes spark your interest. Ask your advisor or professors about what they did with their degrees (most would not have jumped straight to teaching). If you think you are keen on a particular career path but want to be 100% sure it is right for you, take an internship in that field. Most internships are paid and you get to experience exactly what the job requires. Check with your college to see if there is a career counseling center on your campus to help you with your questions.

Answered by: Ktownmeh O. | almost 4 years ago
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Try to think of things you like to do. Do you like to write? Have you always liked chem lab? If this doesn't help try taking some courses is various subjects. If you find yourself liking one more than the others explore that more.

Answered by: Cook S. | almost 4 years ago
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Yes, there are all kinds of tests available online or at the college career center. Check out the local library for books that will help you narrow down the choices based on your strengths. A good test that gives a great look at career aptitudes is the one given by the military. Test results come back with both military and civilian jobs that you would be qualified for based on your interests and strengths.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | almost 4 years ago
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Many colleges offer a Career Services center where employees work one-on-one with other students. The purpose is to help the student realize both strengths and weaknesses that the student has. Based on this, the student can choose appropriate career paths.

Answered by: Arnold C. | almost 4 years ago
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To know what someone can do for a career isn't something that a simple test or quiz can tell you. In order to know, the person has to do what he or she likes and then see what what career is tackleable. If anything, test or quizzes test you on your knowledge of it.

Answered by: Greg I. | almost 4 years ago
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Welcome to the real world. The reality is that many more people than you think do not know exactly what they want to do. In fact, the truth is that many people don't end up doing what they originally set out to do for a living! So if you're not one of those lucky people that knows for sure what their career will be, don't worry; you'll end up where you're supposed to be eventually. A good place to start is either a high school guidance office or the career center at a local university (even if you don't attend there - it's a free service usually) They have books, tests, and all kinds of other stuff.

Answered by: The Truth C. | almost 4 years ago
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What interests you? Do you care more about enjoying your job or making a lot of money? These are things you need to ask yourself. Many websites have online quizzes you can take and most schools offer free career tests as well.

Answered by: Clappah Q. | almost 4 years ago
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All you have to do is type in "job placement test" or "what carer is right for me" or something along those lines into google search engine (www.google.com). Also, volunteer at a few different places (hospitals, soup kitchens, animal shelter etc.) to see which environment suits you. You can also job shadow people by spending the day with them at work. Job shadow a teacher, accountant, engineer, nurse etc.

Answered by: Katat Ull O. | almost 4 years ago
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Usually most people will answer this question by asking you what do you like or what are you hobbies. Well I will let you do the research so you can build self-motivation to find your desire. I would prefer using Google, Bing, or Yahoo for your search. You can go to a book store, preferably Barnes and Noble for more options can be provided. You can also go to the Library. Next you will search by walking around seeing what catches your attention or interest. Depending on what job or position, there can be exams or quizzes to test your basic knowledge and understanding of that position. For example the U.S. Postal Exam.

Answered by: D Williams1978 F. | over 3 years ago
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