When you hear the words “career test,” do you roll your eyes in skepticism or do you get a bit excited hoping the test is somewhat magical in that it will unequivocally point you in the ideal career direction? Many people respond in one of these two ways and miss out on the value of assessments.
The first important thing to know is that career tests are not tests at all. They are defined as assessments because, unlike a test, there is no right or wrong answer. It is simply a measure or comparison of information based on empirical research. Secondly, assessments help to describe valid, specific pieces of your career puzzle. Think of them as arrows that point the way to career fulfillment.
Instruments such as the Myers Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory fortify your foundational puzzle and give evidence to the blueprint that is you. These assessments will help you articulate, define, and understand aspects of your authentic self more clearly in a way that can launch you into the research and then decision-making process. Are you ready to put your career puzzle together?