Looking to Find The Best Career Quizzes Online?
The best career quizzes and career assessments online are those that take into account the following:
While I highly recommend that you work with a professional career counsellor such as myself, there are some short cuts that you can take in the meantime.
Career or Vocational Interests
- Did you know that your interests or motivations are the number one driving force behind the career path that you’ll choose? If you’re not interested or passionate about what you’re doing for your job, your job satisfaction will be quite low. Here are some online quizzes and assessments that can help you clarify what your interests are:
- Jackson Vocational Interest Survey – For only 19.95 you’ll receive an instant report on your interests and it only takes about 40 minutes to complete the assessment entirety. While you can read your own report, I recommend having a career professional such as myself interpret what numbers and statistics within the report. Click here to review my career assessment packages.
- Holland Codes from Strong Interest Inventory – This is a short little checklist that will give you a categorical breakdown of some of your interests, based on the Holland codes. By no means is this extensive, but it might give you a few extra ideas around your career interests.
- Self-Directed Search – This SDS will take about 20 minutes to complete and costs only $4.95 in total. There are five categories in which it collections information from you: daydreams, activities, competencies, occupations and self-estimates. The report in turn will also give you career interest information based on the Holland Codes.
- In addition to your interests being important in choosing a career, knowing your personality preferences is also important. Everyone has different work styles and preferences for how the operate at work. For instance, are you an introvert or extrovert? This can have implications sometimes in the work that you choose.
- Get a Taste or Mock of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – – This unreliable simulation of the MBTI is a self-report tool that rates your self-confidence along 4 dimensions of personality preferences. It is not a measure of intensity but rather of how certain you are of your workplace preferences. The link I have here is not the real test but it gives you an idea of the type of concepts the indicator would look at. Hire a professional career counsellor such as myself if you are interested in receiving the actual report – you can’t do it on your own online or access it for free online.
- Personality Type – This is another simulation of a personality assessment that you can do for free online. It probably won’t be accurate as it’s such a short form, but it will act as a tool to get you to reflect on the nature of your personality.
- Big Five Personality Test – This simulation of the Big Five will take only a few moments as it only has about 25 different questions for you to reflect on.
- Knowing what your values are is also important as you want to do work that fits within your values. Sometimes it’s a given what your values are, but during different transitions in our lives we may decide that it’s time to actually make concrete choices based on those values. Try the following quizzes below.
- Via survey of character strengths – Click the following link and then click on the Via Survey of Character Strengths – http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx. There are about 200 or more questions here, but at the end of this free report you will receive a ranking of your top values. Again, another excellent tool to get you questioning and reflecting upon what your values really are.
- Values Checklist – Here is a great list of values that you can peruse through to begin understanding more about your values.
- iSeekCareers – This self-report assessment will give you a list of skills to rate how skilled you believe you are in that category. It looks at basic, management, people, system, technical and educational goals and then matches you up with various types of jobs afterwards.
- Accomplishments Inventory – Create an inventory of your own accomplishments and then list what you see as the actual skills involved within those accomplishments. What patterns and themes do you notice within the history of what you’ve achieved? This in and of itself is a great indicator of what your skills are.
Begin with a Vision and Mission Statement
Creating both a vision and mission statement will is something that will help ensure that you follow your dreams and achieve the goals that are most important to you. The benefit is that you’ll find it easier to identify and set your goals, and you’ll be more focused in your life. You can use both your vision and mission to help you with important life decisions that need to be made. They provide guiding philosophies that inform our actions and keep ourselves living with purpose.
The Vision Statement
A vision statement is based on personal values, beliefs and captures our ultimate purpose or calling in life. It involves us envisioning our future and capturing big picture what we stand for and what we see happening for ourselves. It is an overarching, broad based picture of who we are and what we have to offer the world. It does not address the how behind your vision. That is the aim of your mission statement. Both your vision and mission statement are dynamic and not static – overtime they may develop and evolve. Here is an example of one of my own vision statements:
Supporting and facilitating others’ achievement of their dreams and goals, and igniting their passion, self-awareness and confidence for what’s possible.
The Mission Statement
A mission statement follows from the vision statement by outlining the process behind which the vision will be achieved. It points toward the “how-to”, the execution and functions by which your vision will be lived. It is more detail-oriented than the vision statement, and more concrete and tangible. It reminds of whether we are on track or off track with the goals that we set. Here is an example of one my personal mission statements:
To provide others with counselling, coaching, education, tools, resources, life changing insights, and reliable strategies that will facilitate the achievement of their life goals.
Have you captured all your goals, dreams and ideas for your future on paper? Are they organized in a meaningful way to you? If you haven’t heard of this idea, you’ll want to read my blog post on the Evolving Achievements Binder. Hopefully your many goals have been captured on paper, and you’ve been inspired to take further action.
After you’ve put together your Evolving Achievements Binder, you’ll still need to manage it. There are a few good reasons why you should regularly review, dust off, clean, and re-organize your evolving achievements binder (aside from the fact that it’s fun to do!).
When I was reviewing my binder just the other day, I came across my health and fitness section, and noticed that it had literally exploded in size. I had inserted so many different resources, and pictures of all the new weight lifting exercises that I had been doing at the gym. I actually ended up taking out the majority of that section, and I started a whole new resource binder for my health and fitness. Now, my binder is much more organized again. I can easily go through and read what my future goals are with respect to my health and wellness, without getting distracted. I also realized, that I’ve probably accumulated more than enough information to write a small e-book on this topic! Perhaps I’ll have to start another blog just on that topic alone.
When I was reviewing all my goals, it was interesting because I noticed myself saying out aloud, “Oh I’ve already done that”, and “I just started doing that!”. Unless I reviewed my goals, I wouldn’t have realized all that I had accomplished. Also, I had never made those goals my key priority, and had never consciously set aside time to work on those goals. I think that demonstrates the power of simply writing goals down. Somehow, the act of writing down our goals must communicate with our subconscious mind, and as a result we automatically begin taking action, and attracting those people and resources into our lives to make things happen.
I also realized the importance of translating all our goals into habits. Daily, twice a week, weekly or even biweekly habits. If you can’t make something a habit, then rarely would those goals ever turn into reality. The areas where I felt I was having the most progress, e.g., career and fitness goals, were the areas where I had done significant planning around how to turn some of my action steps into habits. For instance, I set the goal of spending two times per week writing in my book, and in doing so, I almost doubled the length of it.
Each time you read about your dreams, you’ll notice that you will read with a new sense of clarity, because your ideas have had more time to crystallize. Or, you might have had more time to think about developing actual plans to take further actions steps.
I’ve also discovered a few little ‘goals’ and ideas that aren’t even important to me at all. At first, when I jotted them down, they seemed like good ideas, but in retrospect I’ve learned that they are meaningless. So you’ll also benefit as you discover your authentic self, and more of your values. Likewise, I also read over a few goal categories that made me feel really scattered and overwhelmed. Clearly, those goals need further development. So, I’ve planned a time to go back and prioritize or rank all of those goals. Over time our big ideas evolve into something more serious. What we value will come into the forefront of our mind, and that which isn’t so important to us, will fade out a bit.
Finally, regularly reviewing your Evolving Achievements Binder will constantly remind you of what is most important, and it will help you stay on track. Just think about the people that don’t write their goals down at all. If you seriously review your goals each month, you are going to speed up the entire learning process around who you are, what you want to achieve, and how you’re going to do it. More importantly, you’re going to be unstoppable because you’ll constantly find yourself in action!
What is it?
What is a personal improvement review? A personal improvement review involves you reflecting back on your past and outlining in detail every single achievement, improvement, or positive effort that you’ve put forth in your life. I personally recommend doing this every three months, or possibly every six months. The more often you do this, the greater your chances for accelerating your life success and satisfaction.
I’ve focused on the word “improvement” instead of “achievement” because achievements consist of many improvements and efforts that build upon each other over time. If I asked you to only outline your achievements, you might feel a bit disheartened because you didn’t accomplish everything that you’d hope for.
The truth however, is that you’ve probably taken many deliberate efforts and steps to turn your dreams into reality. Although you might not see the final tangible outcome (if there is one), you must train yourself to all of the small or large amounts of time, energy, resources and efforts that you’ve invested into your goals. Those investments deserve to be noticed, celebrated or at least acknowledged in a positive manner.
Don’t simply wait for the grand finale when your entire goal is realized. This could take many days, weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime. It’s best to congratulate yourself on the mini-steps you’ve taken, and all the learning lessons that occurred along the way. After all, with each learning lesson, you’ve moved yourself closer toward your goals.
Who is it for?
Who is the personal improvement review for? Anybody who is completely serious about enhancing their personal growth, continuously improving their life satisfaction, along with achieving their life goals should be reflecting back on their personal improvements and achievements.
What are the benefits to doing to a personal improvement review?
- Enhanced self-esteem. When you see how far you’ve come and how much you have invested in yourself, you can’t help but feel good about who you are. You’re essentially telling yourself that you’re worth it!
- Realization of how intelligent you are. When you reflect back and understand just how much you’ve learned, you feel a sense of relief that you haven’t been remaining stagnant, and that you are actually moving forward, and closer to your goals.
- Increased locus of control – you begin to see the correlation between your personal actions and the outcomes in your life, even if those outcomes are simply learning lessons
- Gives you a reason to ‘celebrate’ or to do something positive for yourself
- Increased motivation to stay persistent in working toward your goals. Therefore, you are less likely to feel discouraged, and give up because you don’t see the final outcome that you are looking for
- Learn from your successes what is actually working, so that you can continue doing more of it. Learn from your mistakes so that you can identify what areas of your life require sharpening.
If you never reflect back on your life performance, how will you know what areas of your life are improving, and, if you are improving, how will you get a better sense of how you’ve improved? You might even find patterns of strengths or weaknesses developing. For example, I knew a woman who made such great strides in her career when she opened up her own business, but as a result her health suffered drastically. Within a year, she had gained over 25 pounds as a result of stress eating. She also had high blood pressure, and was diagnosed with diabetes. Even though her bank account had grown in dollars, her weight had grown, and her health suffered. Imagine if she had sat down, and done a review of her performance in each area of her life? Perhaps she could have nabbed this weakness as soon as she gained five or ten pounds, compared to the 25 pounds.
Likewise, I once had a client who was achieving many of his travel and leisure goals, but it happened all at the expense of his savings, and he wasn’t ok with this. He was able to nip this one quickly, when he sat down and took the time to actually reflect on the negative consequences to his net worth.
Often times, we know what is working and what isn’t. We know what is going well, and what isn’t. However, unless we sit down to strategically think about all the different areas of our lives, and how our actions or lack of actions are affecting us, nothing truly sinks into our brains, and we don’t do anything about it. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to get into the habit of consistently evaluating how far you’ve come with your goals in each area of your life. Overtime, you can’t help but get better. Wherever attention goes, energy flows, and then the results will start showing up.
I recommend pulling out your evolving achievements binder, and starting a new section just for your personal improvement reviews. Start one page to list all your improvements and achievements, and start another page where you’ll list what didn’t go so well. It is beneficial to examine all areas of your life, including health/wellness, finances, career, leisure, personal growth, relationships and spirituality.
Some people prefer to evaluate their success by the area of their life, or some simply brainstorm all their achievements on the same page. If you choose this latter approach, you may even wish to go back and the organize your achievements by life area. You could even formalize the process further, by typing it up on your computer and printing if off. Organize yourself however you’d like. As long as you do the exercise.
Complete your personal improvement review preferrably in an inspiring, uplifting, or comfortable environment, one that also gives you enough privacy so that you can fully concentrate on reflecting back. One of my friends James, checked himself into a nice hotel in his home city, so that he could celebrate the entire process of not only documenting his improvements and accomplishments, but also so that he could celebrate the fact that he was even doing the actual exercise! To this day, James is one of the most successful people that I know, – both financially and in terms of pursuing what he is most passionate about. I’ve seen him make dramatic improvements and changes in his life, all for the better.
Good luck getting started!
How to Organize Your Brainstormed Ideas and Goals
Do you need a place to capture all your big dreams, ideas and lofty goals? I’m going to share with you my secret on how I organize my many goals and dreams.
I’ve decided to keep track of every whimsical goal that I’ve pondered.
For years, I wasted so much time and money on buying pretty journals and notebooks for writing down my goals. I’d end up not only writing down my goals, but I’d use those notebooks as a journal as well. So, my goals and other thoughts all became mixed up with no real functional order. Also, it became difficult to add in new goals, and delete my old irrelevant goals. It was also challenging to put all my various goals in different categories.
Of course, when those notebooks became full, I ended up throwing many of them out. After all, I had no need to keep all my journal entries, and I figured that I would just re-write out all my goals in the next notebook that I would buy.
You can avoid all these problems by putting together an ‘Evolving Achievements’ Binder . This is an easy to use, practical filing system that allows you to easily maintain, update and delete goals as you see fit. You will devote this entire binder to your goals. Think of it as a landing place for your ideas, desires and wants. The key is to capture those ideas so that you can evaluate them at a later time. I’ve decided to keep track of every whimsical goal that I’ve pondered.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1) A nice 3-ring binder
2) Lined paper to go inside your binder
3) Tabs or dividers
It’s so simple and easy to maintain, and since I’ve converted to this Evolving Achievement binder, I’ve never gone back to using journals for the purposes of organizing my goals.
Also, having the dividers or tabs will allow you to organize your goals by various categories that make sense to you. Whenever you think of a new idea, you simply find the tab/divider that corresponds to that type of goal, and add it in.
From time to time, because we are busy woman, there will be phases in our lives when we get side-tracked and abandon some of our goals. When you have your goals all organized in one spot, it prevents you from misplacing and forgetting or about your goals. It might sound a bit ludicrous to suggest that someone would forget about their goals, but it happens all time.
For instance, think of your to-do lists that you have. Imagine that you’ve written some of your errands on a few sheets of loose paper around the house, while some are in your journal, and others are in your calendar. When the list of errands is scattered all over the place you are bound to misplace, and thus forget about what you need to get done. You easily lose your focus.
It’s really no different with our goals. We need to keep them all organized in one place, – a place where we can be sure to find them! This way, when a period of time goes by and you haven’t attended to your goals, you’ll be able to pick up right where you last left off, without any delays.
The ‘Evolving Achievement’ binder will also allow you to insert your plans for how you’ll achieve your goals. Whenever you come across new resources, services, or other ideas about how you can achieve your goals, you’ll insert them in the same section along with those goals. As we’ll discuss later, once you have brainstormed and set your goals, you’ll need to devise a general plan or at least outline some steps that will allow you start taking actions toward your goals.
Just as people forget about their goals or get sidetracked, the same thing happens even after people have committed to their goals. They start taking action, and then they run into a few barriers. Once they get stuck, confused, or frustrated, they lose their focus, and forget about their plan and abandon it. When your plan is written down, you’ll never forget what your next steps are.
If you have multiple plans written down, you will always have something to return to, along with many other ideas for what you might try next to achieve your goals. Having a binder dedicated to achieving your goals will increase your confidence that you can indeed achieve those goals.
For me, the binder is like a concentrated source of energy that fuels my goals and propels me to take more and more actions toward those goals. This happens because it provides a person with a clarified focus. Everything you ever wanted to be, do or achieve, will be contained within this binder. The ideas have already been turned into something concrete and tangible. This helps you perceive and think about your goals more seriously just because you can see them! Then, the mere act of reading your goals over and over again, imprints them deeper and deeper into your subconscious mind.
So, what are you waiting for? Start your own ‘Evolving Achievements’ Binder today! Don’t loose sight of what is important to you.