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How to Pick a Career

Picking your career path can be an overwhelming. Many people have no idea what they want to do or how to start figuring it out. Fortunately, there are free assessments online that can help you organize your thoughts:

16Personalities (based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)

16Personalities is a simplified version of the Myers-Briggs personality assessment. It measures personality traits across 4 spectrums: (1) Introverted/Extroverted; (2) Intuitive/Observant (aka Sensing); (3) Thinking/Feeling; and (4) Judging/Prospecting (aka Perceiving). Taking this free online assessment is a good place to get started thinking about what type of jobs would fit your personality type. It can also be helpful for understanding how you interact with others and the world around you. If you are an Extroverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving (ENTP) individual, then you may not be suited for positions that require observant, detail oriented, and organizational tasks. 16personalities does a great job at explaining the personality trait scales and how to interpret your results.

Holland Code Career Test (based on psychologist John Holland’s RIASEC model of career choice)

Psychologist John Holland’s RIASEC model of career choice assesses people’s interests so they can be matched with appropriate careers. The six areas are: (1) Realistic (Building); (2) Investigative (Thinking); (3) Artistic (Creating); (4) Social (Helping); (5) Enterprising (Persuading); (6) Conventional (Organizing). The Holland Code Career test online is a simplified version of Holland’s original assessment. Combining the result of this assessment with your 16personalities assessment is an adequate starting place for honing in on your career path.

More Assessments

If you are the type of person who likes more assessments, then the following link has 8 more awesome free career self-assessment tools on the internet:

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