Are you in college or a recent college graduate with no clue as to what you want to do in life? Do you find your self having a lot of strong interest or hobbies? This post is for you! I was once in your shoes at a point in time, and will let you in on MY secret as to how I learned what I enjoyed and knew I could succeed in, and plus what everyone wants hear is can I make a lot of money!
Take a personality test
The first option to learn more about your personality style is take some test. Even though you may feel that this is a waist of time, sometimes you may learn something about yourself that you never knew. Here are some popular test that I have taken myself over the years shown below, also you can find these test and descriptions on (Monster.com) click link for more information!
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
This personality assessment starts with Myers-Briggs dichotomies and adds archetypes from Jungian theory as well as some from the Big Five. Which is psychobabbly way of saying you’ll learn whether you’re an introvert or extrovert if you take this test— and at the end, you’ll be labeled with one of 16 personality types with cool names like “Mediator,” “Commander” and “Defender.” Most importantly, the test promises to take less than 12 minutes(Monster.com).
This tool uses information from O*Net information, , which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, to help determine your interests as they relate to work. Unlike the other tests, this one asks you how to rate how much you’d enjoy performing very specific work tasks like “building kitchen cabinets,” “laying brick” and “buying and selling stocks and bonds.” It’s really nicely color-coded as well. Hang in there, this one is 60 questions(Monster.com).
PI Behavioral Assessment
The Predictive Index predicts primary personality characteristics that describe, explain and predict day-to-day workplace behaviors, says Greg Barnett, a Boston-based industrial and organizational psychologist who is responsible for setting and executing the scientific agenda for the Predictive Index. This rigorously tested study looks at your strongest workplace behaviors and determines your management and influence styles(Monster.com).
Find out what all your interest are and rate
The next question to ask yourself is, what are my interest? Once you do that you should write those down and rate them. You never know, once you write all your interest down you may see a trend within your interest list. You can also take this test recommended on (Monster.com), as it helps you rate activities and interest that you enjoy(below).
This survey lets you rate activities you enjoy, your personal qualities and school subjects you like. Then you can see which career clusters are a match for your interests. And this is another quick one, clocking in at 5 to 10 minutes(Monster.com).
Experiment in different avenues
In order to truly find your dislikes and likes, you MUST experiment in different areas of the work force. Another tip is you could write down all your jobs that you may have had thus far, and write down pros and cons of what you liked and/or disliked to help lead you in strong direction.
Next, whether you are in college or a recent college graduate I found it very beneficial for me to have started at my company as an intern. I learned so much, and it gave me the opportunity to show case my skills, and truly see if I wanted to work in the financial industry.
It is important to see if your company sponsors a rotation program. I have been with my current company for almost 2 years now and have had the opportunity to rotate among 5 different areas thus far. I think by doing this, it has helped me tremendously in finding my career path of interest.
Just be you
The key to conquering this along with following the steps listed above is to just be YOU! Do not throw ideas or passions in the trash if you are afraid of people judging because its weird, or they tell you it doesn’t make a lot of money, ETC. Do it because it makes you happy and you are good at it. I mean who knows you may capitalize because 1) you are good at it. 2) you enjoy it. 3) You are being you and have found your passion.
I hope you found my advice useful or learned something new! I know it can be hard to find your path in life, believe me. But always remember to you career and goals in life are YOURS, nobody can take them away.