Career Interest Inventories

 

 


Career Interest Inventories

 

 



The following links would give you quick access to a battery of on-line career interest inventories and a couple of other useful sites as well. A summary describing each of them is listed below.  These brief "tests" could help you identify your aptitudes, interests, values, and so on.  I am sure you would find that you've used your time productively after you've taken these tests. Personally I have found that the time spent on these "inventories" were helpful and would therefore strongly encourage you to take these tests whether you're a parent, student, teacher or an adult learner. It's nice to have some objective feedback about oneself from time to time and these inventories should certainly give us useful pointers that could guide our happiness in work and life. 


All interest inventories measure a number of general occupational “themes” or “orientation scales”, about 6 to 10 depending on the inventory used.  These general personality dimensions are based on qualities that will help you in your workplace.  Of course, not all people are pure types; in fact, most of us are a combination of two or more types.

 

1.       The Career Key


I used to like The College Board Test, but this is not available any more for free. You may have to subscribe to them and try the Personal Profiler offered by My Road. In any case, it would be useful for you to read about Using Career Assessments first.


The Career Key measures how similar you are to six basic types of people. It is a FREE public service being offered by Dr. Lawrence K. Jones to help people make sound career decisions.

You need to first spend a minute to sign in and then you can access numerous resources such as, taking the career key measure (The higher your score, the more you are like that type), learn about the career key measure and the Holland's types, learn about jobs that fit your Holland personality, and so on.

http://www.careerkey.org/english

 

2.       The Occupational Outlook Handbook 2002 – 03 Edition


The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information in the United States, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.  Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.


http://www.bls.gov/oco/


3.       Career Guide to Industries, 2002-03 Edition

Another reliable and brilliant resource from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here you can browse through a listings of industries using the industry cluster buttons or click the "A-Z Index" button located under the CG banner or you can also search the site by entering a keyword into the "Search" box.


http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/



4.       The Keirsey Temperament Sorter I & II



These questions are designed to identify your personality based on Carl
Jung's theory of "personality types."  There are two sets of questions.
There are 36 questions in The Keirsey Character Sorter I and 70 questions in
the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II.



http://www.keirsey.com 

5.       Career Management International Kingdomality



CMI's Kingdomality Personal Preference Profile is a fun way to gain a broader understanding of the basic complementary personality styles and
types that help determine each individual's vocational interests.  Although there are only 8 questions to answer, it does offer plenty of good insight.


http://www.cmi-lmi.com/kingdomality.html

6.       Personality Tests on the WWW

You must visit here for taking a battery of interesting tests including some of those listed above.


http://www.2h.com/Tests/personality.phtml


7.       Queendom.com: Serious entertainment

For a battery of career tests from Queendom click on:


http://www.queendom.com//tests/career/index.html



If you are planning on going to the United States for your higher education, then you would find this link on The College Board useful.


1. The link for The College Board:

http://www.collegeboard.com

2. Visit the Vocabulary University for fun and vocabulary puzzles to enhance vocabulary mastery. These exercises may help you prepare for your SAT tests.

http://www.vocabulary.com/