From a stable job, I found myself at a career crossroad last year. Instead of seeing it as a setback, I took it as an opportunity to pivot and rediscover my true passion. Through 50 career tests and a lot of soul-searching, I navigated my way to a profession I genuinely love. Now, I'd like to share my journey and insights to guide you toward your ideal career. Together, let's find a path you'll truly love.
Finding the ideal career test can be tough. With hundreds of options out there, each taking 30 minutes to sometimes a couple of hours, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. When I lost my job, I embarked on a journey to discover my true calling and make the right career choice. I took over 50 career tests, eventually finding my perfect fit. My friends, facing similar challenges, urged me to share my experience to benefit others like us. Let's explore together!
Two years as an Executive Assistant ended with an unexpected layoff, prompting deep introspection. While I valued my role, I felt a different path might better match my aspirations. I remembered a middle school career test humorously suggesting I'd be a roofer (imagine that! 💀). This memory spurred me to explore modern career tests for a clearer direction.
My search brought me to jobtest.org, which nudged me toward Human Resources. Embracing this pivot felt like finding my true north. Now, as an HR professional, I shape workplace dynamics and culture. As the job scene shifts, many peers have sought my advice. Using tools that guided me, they're also finding their paths. Their stories and my journey inspired this blog. The professional world has its challenges, but together, we can find our perfect fit. Join me, and let's discover the career meant for you!
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I will be upfront: I didn't take every career test out there, but I did take around 50 during my job search. Some I skipped due to cost, questionable legitimacy, or potential fraud. I even used fake email addresses for sketchy sites, so I don't have all the results. To evaluate and rank the tests, I used these criteria:
Accuracy of results: This might be subjective, but after taking dozens of tests, I could discern which ones were more accurate and had better quality.
Underlying evaluation principles: Many tests used the Holland Code (RIASEC) or its variations. Others employed unique principles or AI/ML algorithms with predictive statistics, which I found more personalized.
Considerations: Too many tests focused only on personality or interest, ignoring practical factors like compensation. I wanted a job aligned with my passion but also one that met my target salary.
Personalization: Some reports seemed copied from the internet, lacking personalization. I ranked the degree of personalization highly because I believe one job doesn't fit all, and recommendations should be tailored to individuals.
My top choice is Jobtest.org. A close friend recommended it when I lost my job, and it quickly set a high standard for the other career tests I took. Jobtest.org stands out because it's personalized and helpful.
In college, I was inspired to pursue roles as a Curator and Poster Archivist, driven partly by my peers' enthusiasm for these fields. However, my natural inclination for structured, independent tasks often clashed with the fluidity and team-based nature of curatorial projects and poster archiving events. This misalignment between my personality traits and job expectations hindered my enthusiasm and overall job satisfaction. Reflecting back, I often think, "Had I taken a comprehensive career assessment like Jobtest.org's during college, I could've better navigated my career choices." When I finally sought guidance from the test, it highlighted my strengths in methodical, individual-oriented roles, suggesting avenues I hadn’t previously considered that now resonate deeply with my character.
Jobtest's AI/ML algorithm considered factors such as career-personality type, current job, salary, satisfaction, ideal career, and unmet needs. It provided me with a set of recommendations that takes all of these into account, making it feel more personalized and accurate compared to tests that only considered one or a few criteria.
There are many things that I liked about Jobtest.org. but to name a few:
Overall, I was able to find everything I needed to discover myself and take action to move forward with my career in one sitting, without having to search multiple websites or open multiple tabs. Jobtest.org was truly a one-stop solution that made the process of finding the right career easy and comfortable for me.
When it comes to brainmanager.io, they definitely have a cute design going on with their bright colors and animated graphics. They do have a lot of free tests available, which is always a plus. But, many of their tests disappointed me and were nothing but "fun time-killers," in my opinion. I tried a few of them (IQ test, Depression test, Burnout test), and they felt a bit lackluster in terms of accuracy. I still rate them higher than most other career tests as they were one of the truly free ones where I could take a few for a laugh. But when it comes to finding a serious and accurate career test, I would look elsewhere.
The test I took was short, only taking about 15 minutes to complete, but the questions felt very generic and repetitive. The report I received was also generic and repetitive, with diagrams and graphs that I had seen elsewhere. Their breakdown of my strengths and weaknesses also felt repetitive and unoriginal.
I decided to purchase some of their paid tests, which ranged in price from $4.99 to $29.99, and I was disappointed to find that the quality of the reports was not much better. The information and analysis provided were shallow and not personalized to me. Instead of providing guidance or tips to improve, it simply placed me into a broadly categorized bucket I was already aware of. I am including the screenshot of one of the paid reports I paid for from this company below for your reference. You will see what I mean by “broad categorization.”
Overall, while brainmanager.io is a step in the right direction in terms of making an informed decision about your career, I wouldn't recommend it as my first choice. It's worth checking out as a second option, but I was underwhelmed by the product quality.
The ASA Futurescape is a product made by a national non-profit organization called American Student Assistance (ASA). The fact that it is free for students is a huge plus, and they partner with many different organizations to provide a wide range of resources. I particularly liked their content library, which had a plethora of interviews with different occupations. Although the lack of a search function made it a bit difficult to find exactly what I was looking for, I still appreciated the effort they put into creating this library of resources. They also offered interesting opportunities such as virtual job shadowing and access to mentors, which could be extremely beneficial for students just starting their career journey.
While ASA Futurescape is a great tool for students who are just starting their career discovery, I don't think it is as well-suited for those who have already graduated and are looking for a career switch. Their target audience seems to be middle-to-high school students, as reflected in their short and simple quiz. Instead of providing personalized and curated information for individuals, ASA Futurescape focuses on providing as much general information as possible to as many students as possible. This means that their report is very broad and limited in its information. While this approach may work well for students who are willing to spend a lot of time researching and navigating the platform, it may not be the best fit for someone like myself who is looking for a more streamlined and straightforward approach.
I took over 50 career tests to find my true passion and wanted to share my journey to help others find their perfect career by sharing what I learned. I hope this blog helps you find your true calling!