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Career Testing Can Help Direct the Directionless

Career Testing Can Help Direct the Directionless

Confused about your career choices?

Peter Vogt Monster College Career Coach

August 06, 2009

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): The MBTI is a measure of your personality — in essence, what makes you tick. The first of its four scales tells you how you prefer to focus your attention — whether you’re extraverted or introverted. The other scales measure how you look at things (sensing vs. intuitive), how you generally make decisions (thinking vs. feeling) and how you deal with the world around you (judging vs. perceiving). Combined, this information can help you understand what type of work you’d like to do, with whom, how, why, and even where.

  • Career Ability Placement Survey (CAPS): The CAPS is one of the few career tests that does have right and wrong answers, and it is also timed. Essentially, you attempt to answer questions in eight different areas — ranging from mechanical reasoning and spatial relations to verbal reasoning and language usage — all in a predetermined amount of time. When you’re done, you have a wonderful idea of where your natural abilities lie. You haven’t just guessed about them, you’ve actually demonstrated them, if only on a test.

Remember: That old admonition you often hear on TV, “This is a test. This is only a test,” applies here as well. Your career test results aren’t going to tell you anything. But they will point you in some specific and potentially fruitful directions, one of which may well be the major or career you confidently decide to pursue.