Monday, August 30, 2004

Career Quizzes

Curt's post today about multiple intelligences reminded me that I was going to link to the the HRDC's iQuizzes page. It's got a bunch of quick assessments to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, mostly tying back to possible careers that match your characteristics.

Most students get pushed through one of these kinds of quizzes when they have no clue what they're doing after high school. Ideally it gives them some vague sense of career direction, perhaps enough to help them choose some post-secondary education. In reality, I wonder how effective they are. How useful have you found these things? If you haven't tried them before, take one of the iQuizzes and leave a comment here. Of particular interest to me:
  • Do they give you any new insight, or just confirm what you already knew?
  • Are the suggestions realistic/attainable?
    Does knowing more about your traits actually help you envision a better future?

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

I saw this woman's take on these tests and wanted to keep the link:

"Maybe what my job should be is creating tests for cynics like myself. Foolproof tests for thirty-ish children who still don't know what they want to be when they grow up."