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A Career Interest Test Can Help You Choose The Right Career

If you're not sure what career path to follow, you're not alone. It can take a long time to figure out what you'd like to do - it's a process.

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And even if you know what you'd like to do, you may not know how that translates into a career or job.

This is where a career interest test helps. It can enable you to make sense of your desires and interests so you can pursue a career that suits you.

A career or job interest test is one of many types of career assessment tests. It measures, as you might guess, your interest in various careers. It's different from a career or job aptitude test which looks at your ability to learn the tasks required by various careers.

Other career tests help you inventory your marketable skills, explore how you work and identify the kinds of people you work best with.

Free Career Interest Tests

Career or job interest tests typically consist of a series of questions which ask about your preferences. You might be asked to look at a list of activities and check whether you would, or would not, like to do them. Or you may have to decide which of two activities you'd prefer. For example, "Would you rather build a house or read to elderly people?".

Following are three government-sponsored websites that offer free career interest tests and other career exploration tools:

  • The Occupational Information Network (O*Net) is a comprehensive source of occupational information sponsored by the US Department of Education/Employment and Training Administration. The website (http://www.onetcenter.org/IP.html) includes career exploration tools to help you consider career options.
  • CareerOneStop (http://www.careeronestop.org) is another U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored web site. It offers career resources and workforce information, including tools for assessing your interests and exploring careers.
  • ASVAB Career Exploration Program (http://www.asvabprogram.com/index.cfm?fuseaction) is designed to help students learn about themselves and explore careers. Developed by the U.S. Department of Defense, the program is intended for high school and post-secondary schools. It includes a battery of tests, including a career interest inventory.

Ideas and Direction from Career Tests

Career interest tests vary greatly in their focus, cost and reliability. That's why it's a good idea to take several of them and not rely too heavily on any one test. Remember, these tests give you ideas and direction - they don't define what work you should too. Weigh the results with what you know of yourself - your values and preferences - as you explore different career options.

Other Factors To Consider

As well as taking time to understand what interests you when picking a job or career, you might want to consider other factors, such as future employment trends.

To help you here's an article giving advice on the best jobs for the future, another on the best government jobs and a third on the 10 best paying jobs.

Once you discover the best career path for you, it's time to begin your job search.

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