How to Find the Right Career for Your Personality Using iVillage

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Finding the right career for your personality can make the difference in how well you perform on the job, how long you stay employed, and what satisfaction and fulfillment you derive from your work. Considering that most people spend most of their adult days at work, it becomes an even more pressing issue. iVillage's career test was adapted from C.G. Jung's personality types and matches your personality with various possible careers. Although the list of careers it provides at the end of the quiz is not exhaustive, it can help you get started in the right direction.

Visit the "What Career Will Suit Your Personality?" page at (see Resources).

Take the test. The test consists of 32 questions that are fairly easy to answer. All of the questions have only two possible answers, and the entire test takes about 30 minutes to complete. Answer the questions based on your actual and not your ideal personality. This will ensure better results. Immediately after you have finished taking the test you will be given your results.

Review the results. The iVillage career test will not give you one or two careers that are right for you as an individual, it will give you a number of careers that suit your personality type. If the accompanying description on the results page does not match your personality, most likely the career suggestions provided will not be right for you. In that case, you may need to take the test again and try to answer more truthfully.

Find out more. After you have taken the test you will be given a number of careers that may be right for your personality. Now you have to do more work to find out which would be the perfect match since the careers are drawn from various fields and require various types of skills. Think about what other activities you enjoy and have the talent for, what kind of hours you may like to work, and how much you would like to be compensated. These additional questions can help you narrow down the available choices.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can find out compensation rates in your city for each job by going to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website (see Resources).

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