Target Jobs has a careers planner section were the is a sort of aptitude test to figure out what you enjoy and which jobs fit you best. With it you get a big load of feedback; I was advised to do it by one of the careers advisors here at university (Joanne Watson). In this post I am going to go through that test and it feedback and what it could mean for me. First of all, here are the top four jobs recommended for me and my interests: Funnily enough photographer is the most highly recommended match, and all of the jobs in the top ten are within the creative industry, good to know I do indeed have a creative mind. These results showed a lot of design jobs, and Exhibition Display Designer, definitely encourages me to work harder at our degree show in June. The second thing to share with you is John L Holland’s (Psychologist) theory around job classifications: According to this test, business and enterprise are not my strong points so perhaps best to avoid these or even to consider doing something to improve my skills in this area. It is also good to know that I am very social and I will work well in a team, I do thrive as part of a team. These two are mentioned more highly because they stand out. I am also very happy with the results of Investigative – Problem Solver, hopefully I will be able to show that I have these skills in my CV. The Third thing this test looks at is my key motivations: It would appear that I am motivated by a lot of things, perhaps some of the things to improve here are with myself, Social Good should be higher as a motivation, I would like to look into some job opportunities that show potential for social good. Getting a 5 for Fun is the result here that I am most pleased with, any job I have I want the possibility or perhaps even the promise of fun. I have been looking around a lot recently and inspiration has come to me in the form of Instagram. I started following natgeo (National Geographic) and they linked to their photographer dguttenfelder (David Gutten Felder), this has inspired the anthropological side of my inquisitiveness.
The final major part of the results is a skills test, showing you numerical, verbal and logical reasoning:
I’ll just share the positive results from this part of the test, I did poorly on the verb reasoning which can be improved by reading complex articles in newspapers and summarise them in three to five bullet points. What is the basic information in the articles? But anyway my most positive, this means that I can solve problems logically, and think laterally.
Hopefully in my next few posts I can work out what I would like to do post university.