not alone if you're unsure of which career path is the right one for you.
Luckily, many Web sites provide both free, and commercial career
development tools for people looking for career ideas. Among these tools
are career assessment tests designed to help you find a career based on
personal, and professional information. Other interesting self-tests, such
as IQ, and personality tests, can also be accessed online.
Assessment Resources Do career assessment tests serve any useful
purpose to the test taker? The usefulness of these tests are a
controversial issue among scholars and career counselors. One side
maintains that the test results are unreliable and inaccurate, while the
other side points out that the results serve to suggest alternatives to
the test taker. Despite this controversy, many simple career assessment
tests can be accessed free of charge on the Internet. The article “Online
Career Assessments: Helpful Tools of Self-Discovery” by
Katherine Hanson is a good introduction to online career assessment tests.
This article describes the accuracy and usefulness of many of the free
online career assessment tests, as well as the procedures for taking them.
The author also provides tips for taking these tests in order to gain
helpful results. Another page at www.acinet.org/,
provides resources and links to several well-known online career
assessment tests. The article "IBM's
Answer to IT Skills Crunch: Woo Students" provides good
insight into understanding the skills requirements for a major
corporation. An excellent source of career preparation information can be
found at www.careerperfect.com/.
Also check out www.jobhuntersbible.com,
a Web site published by Richard N. Bolles, author of the popular
job-hunting book What Color Is Your Parachute? (Ten Speed Press,
2001). Web sites with both free, and commercial career assessment tools,
can be found by following this
Career assessment is not the only topic for which there are self-testing
tools available on the Internet. In fact, you can find a test for many
different behavior patterns. Visit this Open
Directory Web page to find several links to Web sites with
psychology tests and surveys. You also can find a wide variety of IQ and
personality tests at www.allthetests.com/.
On the lighter side, visit the Web page home.rochester.rr.com/jbennett/nerd/
to take the “Official Nerdity Test.” This test will help you to
find out whether or not you are a true “nerd.”