If you’re still struggling with choosing a career path, there are plenty of tools available to help you decide what jobs would fit you best. Aptitude tests are one of the tools widely used by colleges and career centers to help people find their passion. These tests measure your personality and interests and pair you with jobs that fit your personal preferences. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one trying to decide what you want to be when you grow up.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment
The Myers-Briggs Assessment, first used in 1943, is known world-over and continues to be a popular aptitude test today. The assessment measures preferences of your personality through a series of triads. The results suggest careers that are likely to fit your personality. There are 16 personality types in this assessment. It is important to note this is not a personality test but a personality indicator, and no one is judging your answers.
The MAPP Assessment measures your interests based on your responses to a number of statements. The test takes approximately 15 minutes and is widely popular. The MAPP Assessment is used by colleges, career counselors and psychologists to gain insight into what your interests are, which will help in your college career. The MAPP takes your results and weighs them against 900 career options and suggests what jobs would be the best fit for you. Don’t just assume your collection of speeding tickets mean you should try work as a NASCAR driver.
The Career Key
The Career Key is based upon the career theories of Dr. John Holland and is another personality assessment tool. Holland’s theory thrives on the notion that there are six basic personality types: artistic, realistic, investigative, social, enterprising and conventional. The test measures what one of the six personality types you are based on a series of questions, and suggests careers related to your results. For example, if your results are of an artistic nature you may be suggested to look into a career in music or dance. Of course, if you have no rhythm, maybe you should keep looking.
The Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory is used at more than 70 percent of colleges in the U.S. This assessment tool measures your personal style, career interests and preferences. Some schools use this test in conjunction with the Myers-Briggs Assessment for a more complete picture of your interests. This assessment is about finding out what your passion is, and points you in the direction of careers and internships related to that passion. If you aren’t sure what path to take, chances are your college offers this popular test and taking it is worth a try. You may learn something about yourself you never knew.
Shannon Jones is a news editor and writer based in Michigan. Her work has received several writing awards, including the Richard Lacourse Award for investigative journalism. Jones holds master's degrees in both administration and marketing.