I think we all struggle with what we want to be when we grow up. Our most recent review has given myself and my two oldest children an opportunity to take a closer look at what we might excel at.
CashCrunch Careers offers a career testing service where you answer 75 easy questions about your own perception of your personality, skills, and work ethic, and they offer a lot of insight into your personality and what you might want to do for a living. This is a product from the folks at CashCrunch Games.
Here is a video with a little bit of an introduction to the online product:
For each question, you are to choose from two potential options which word best describes you. When you put your mouse over a word, it does give a short explanation in case you aren’t quite sure what the word means, or how the test defines it.
Once you answer the questions, your results immediately pop up. By the way, these are stored in your account forever, so you can always go back and look at it again and again as you will have lifetime access to the results.
Results are given in several categories, and they are different for each person depending on how you answered the questions. For example, my son received these results for his Career Work Styles and for his Motivators & Demotivators:
As you can see, it pegs him as a guy who doesn’t like working alone for a long time, isn’t into workplace politics, and doesn’t like negative comments about others. On the other hand, he works well working closely with others, likes changeable work environments, enjoys working on a personal level, having fun, and working in a friendly team environment. I feel like these results are very accurate for him. It also mentions that he is calm and is able to work under demanding circumstances. That sounds like his dad to me, and considering he’s kind of a clone, it sounds right! 🙂
The next section of the results look at your Career Attributes. The following results are from my career test:
These results indicate that I am adaptable and flexible, am willing to take charge, that I am creative and semi-independent in work situations, and that I am understanding of others’ needs. Each of these attributes are definitely things that are to be considered when looking for a new job or taking on volunteer work or group projects. No matter what career I choose, I think it is good to have some of my strengths written out in this way. Some of these would be good adjectives to use in a resume as strengths.
Finally, results are given that indicate Matching Jobs. Below are my daughter, Grace’s, results:
While all 3 of us got similar results, they say that certain personality traits tend to run in families. Also, everyone got results in completely different orders and some of us got results that no one else got. As you can see from Grace’s results, it has ranked her results with general and operations manager as first, and it goes through and lists other positions, to show 20 in all.
Each matching job is clickable. When you click on the link, it takes you to a page that talks about what kinds of tasks are expected of someone in that position, activities you would do, attributes that are helpful, projected growth and how many people are estimated to be needed in that position, and more. There are recommendations of colleges that would offer a degree for this career choice, as well as a brief video giving an overview of what that position is like.
No matter what results you get, you have access to the full database of careers and can do your own research on any of them. Here is what it looks like to just look around on that end of the website. Each career is clickable for more detailed information as described above.
I think this is a neat resource for middle school students, high school students, or adults looking into what they might be good at or what careers they might want to pursue.
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