September 3, 2008
What color is your career change?
I'm not a fan of career quizzes and personality tests that ask you a handful of questions and then purport to tell you what you should be doing for a living. I think finding a career you're passionate about (or at least halfway enjoy) is a bit more involved than listing the contents of your fridge, dissecting the dreams you had the night before, or choosing what member of the animal kingdom you'd most like to be.
This free test takes moments to complete: Click on your favorite colors and you get an instant assessment of what type of worker you are (I'm a "creator") and what your ideal careers are (mine include ad exec, web designer, publicist, fine artist, English teacher, author, editor, reporter, tech writer, photographer, landscape architect, and oddly enough, lawyer).
I took the test twice and got the same results. But some of the readers of BNET -- the fine site that tipped me off to this little test -- tried the test and said the results couldn't be more wrong.
Even so, it's a nice alternative for those who are bored at work today and sick of playing solitaire.
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
Paul Anderson helps professionals in transition find their desired employment.
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