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Are career quizzes accurate?

Asked by Blackberry (31071points) February 18th, 2010

Can those tests and quizzes really help you find out what you want to do? When I take some, it’s still difficult to even complete them because I’m not so black and white as to think I’m good at only one of a few choices they give me. Or should I work on getting to know myself more…?

They are very vague: “Do you think before you act, or act before you think?”. I know that we all can’t be in a career that we love waking up for everyday, but how do you find out what your personality and career skills are?

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EmpressPixie's avatar

Career quizzes can, I think, point you in a good direction. They can get you thinking about yourself and how your attributes relate to a future career in a way you might not have before.

Can they predict exactly what you should be doing? No, probably not. But as long as they start the conversation about your future the right way and get you thinking about yourself in a way you haven’t before—especially with regards to attributes you may not have considered in relation to a job, then they are still useful.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I think they can be helpful,but from what I have read of your Q and A’s you are a smart guy and will eventually figure it out :)

john65pennington's avatar

These quizzes are strictly to make you think. they could be suggestions, then they could not be. the point is, the quiz has implanted a thought in your brain to get the idea going of what you actually want to do with your life. i had several of those, just like you. nowhere did it state anything about being a police officer. so see, its not imperative you choose one of the selections offered, its about getting your brain in sync for the real world out there and what you want to do in it.

Vunessuh's avatar

I think you should do what you’re passionate about and/or what you’re good at as opposed to what a quiz has to offer. You should take them for nothing more than suggestions. Sure, they can maybe point you in the right direction, but I think you need to go off of your gut instinct and something you know you’ll still love doing 10+ years from now rather than something that is computer generated.

And I agree with Lucille.

CMaz's avatar

No. It is like reading a horoscope.

If you believe it or it gives you the answer you want to her. Then, let it be so.

TehRoflMobile's avatar

They can help you see what you are good at, but they are not necessarily enjoyable or what fits your desire.

pear_martini's avatar

No. I have taken a few and they all tell me to either pursue a career in the arts or education. These are two things I can enjoy on my free time but I rather go to Dental School. You can be creative and still be attracted to the practical.

thriftymaid's avatar

No. They are a tool; one of many to help people discover a career path in which they may be happy.

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