How To Find Your Perfect Career Match

Choosing a career isn’t an easy decision. It’s a lifelong choice. You’re stuck between choosing between passion and money. You have to go to college and spend money in order to do certain ones. You aren’t given much information on different careers while in school (though I wish that changes) and are thrown into making an important decision, often uninformed, at the age of 18.

If you’re like me, then you’ve probably switched up your dream job a couple times. My earliest memories involve me watching medical shows with my dad while eating dinner in his lap. To this day, I still have a soft spot and love for the medical field. If you read “My College Experience: Dream vs Reality” then you know that I ended up going to college for 3 years to become a registered nurse. Unfortunately that didn’t work out. Later at some point in time, I remember wanting to be an artist. I was very creative as a kid and loved to paint and draw (my mom still has all my school projects I made). Then in the 4th grade I wanted to be a dancer (I still have no idea where that came from, I can’t dance). I wanted to be a doctor but didn’t want to be in school for 10 years so I dropped that idea quickly and settled with being a nurse. As you can tell, I was all over the place.

Wanting to do a certain job and actually fitting the job is two completely different things. Looking back at my college major, I don’t believe I was a good match with being a nurse. For one, I’m extremely quiet and shy to which you really can’t be when working with patients. Secondly, some bodily functions freak me out such as vomiting and pooping. P.S you can’t avoid those when working with sick people. So although I love anatomy and medicine, my personality traits don’t match up with that career. This brings me to a major point: Interests and personality must compliment each other!


interests and personality

I gave a personal example with myself above. My quiet nature means I should look for jobs that compliment that. Being a nurse, while containing my interests, doesn’t compliment that.

Interests

This is pretty easy to understand. Think about things you like to do. For example, do you like to read? To write? To draw?

Personality

How would you describe yourself? Are you quiet? Outgoing? Do you like to analyze small details or look at the whole picture? If you can’t think of a way to describe yourself, you can always ask those around you.


Resources

Online Tests

There are plenty of online tests to help you learn more about yourself. I personally love to take personality tests in my spare time. You might have heard of the Myers Briggs Test. It’s a personality test that determines which personality type out of 16 different combinations that you can fit into. Separated into Introverted and Extroverted, Sensing and Intuition , Thinking and Feeling, Planning and Judging. To take the official Myers Briggs Test and learn more about the different personality types, click the button below.

There are also free personality tests based on the Myers Briggs Test. For a free personality test from 16personalities, you can click the button below.

Now there are online tests that can help determine which career best suits you based on your interests and personality. These are an all-in-one test, which makes it very convenient and accurate. It matches you with careers that help your interests and personality compliment one another. I found this test to be extremely accurate (scary accurate). All the jobs that were recommended for me were ones I would absolutely do, have done in the past, and would like to learn more about. For example, I was given office clerk and receptionist, both of which I’ve previously worked as. Florist, pharmacist, and travel agent were also recommended to me based on my interests (accurate!). To take a free career assessment from Sokanu, click the button below.

All these websites are ones I have personally visited or used. If you decide to not check out these links, I strongly suggest you at least check out the free career assessment one! It’s simple and fast, and has a personality and trait test on the site as well for further and more detailed information.

Now let me ask you, have you had problems figuring out your career? Are you currently happy with your career choice? Have you taken any online personality or career tests? Let me know in the comments! Also let me know if you do these tests and if they were right for you too.