January 5, 2011

It's new year's resolution time!

Before we get into what I want to talk about today, I'd like to wish all of my readers a happy new year. I hope 2011 is a year that's full of personal and professional successes for you, your friends, and your family.

Now, since it's the new year, it's resolution time. And no, you don't have to believe the naysayers that say that resolutions don't stick. With a little hard work, ambition, and a "go get 'em" attitude, you can achieve anything - especially when it comes to your career path and job prospects for 2011.

To get you thinking about a "new year's job resolution", I recommend taking a few moments to truly discover what your passion is, what you want to do with your life and where you want to be.

It doesn't need to be a huge, large-scale undertaking - a few moments of introspective thinking can sometimes be the catalyst that sets you on the path to discovering what you want to do, who you want to be, and what you want to achieve.

And as I've always said, I really believe that everyone has many potential life/career paths they could walk down - the real question is which path you'd like to take and what that map looks like.

So today, I thought I'd offer you a few of my favourite online career profile and personality tests. I usually don't read too much into these tests as they aren't in-depth and most aren't scientific. But I find that they can be a great starting point to discovering what your life's passion is and how to get there.

Like I said, don't read too much into these results - just think of these tests as something that can help you understand all the different paths available to you and can open your eyes to realizing your passion and potential.

The Jung/Myers-Briggs typology

This is my favourite online personality test. It is based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. The results give you an interesting insight into key personality traits - plus, it'll let you know which celebrities share the same type as you.

SchoolFinder.com's 3-Step Career Test

Interestingly enough, this is the first online career aptitude test I did more than 8 years ago. Since then, I've done it at least 5 times and each time, 'journalist' is at or near the top of the list. I won't say it's the sole reason I went into journalism, but it did open my eyes to new life paths that I might want to consider.

SchoolFinder.com does make you register to take the test, but the bonus is that when you're done, it can point you in the right direction when it comes to schools that offer relevant programmes.

The Internet Personality Inventory Survey

Here's another good test that gives you results explaining what your personality is based on the Big Five personality traits.

Campus Starter Career Test

Another good test, but geared more towards students looking at various careers and which schools offer the best career training programmes.

Fun Education Personality Test

This definitely isn't scientific, but this is a quick and simple 44-question test that will offer you some surprising insights into elements of your personality.

Fun Education Career Personality Assessment

While the last one was short at 44 question, this one is really long at 485 questions! You can do part of it and return at a later time. And while it's really in-depth, I've heard that it offers some really great personality and career insights.

Career Explorer Aptitude Test

Like SchoolFinder.com's career test, this aptitude test provides results that forward you to schools that offer relevant training programmes.

At the end of the day, while doing an online career or personality test may seem like a waste of time, sometimes it can be the one thing that somehow sparks your interest in something. And who knows, that interest may just become your passion.

And as Terri Guillemets once said, you've got to "chase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night".

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