Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

Not getting the promotion last week seems to have been a swift kick in the arse for me. We're all guilty at some point of going through life in a trance and I'm quickly realizing I haven't really enjoyed my job in a long, long,..........ever. It sounds cool to other people and I'm good at it, but it's never made me leap out of bed in the morning and it's not terribly satisfying for me personally. I feel like I've awakened from a years-long professional coma but unfortunately I've done so when we're on the brink of a Depression. Not exactly the best time to make a career change. I know I should be thankful that I have a job -- even as our building maintenance guys went around our building today removing 33% of the fluorescent lightbulbs in an effor to save money -- and should just keep my mouth shut, do my work, and nourish my soul outside of work. But just for kicks, I decided to take an online "what career is best for you?" quiz. Here are the results (the quiz is out of the UK, if some of the spelling seems sketchy). They're pretty darn accurate. You'll note that 'jaded forensic scientist' isn't listed as one of my recommendations...

What career will suit your personality?

This description is a generalisation. If it rings true, you've found your career type. If it doesn't, return to the quiz, decide whether you answered truthfully, and not by what you think you should answer. Redo your answers and read your new results.

You would be very happy in a career that utilised your people skills. You want a career that allows you to stimulate your senses and your mind. Some careers that would be perfect for you are:


Recruitment Consultant




Religious Minister


Social Worker

Human Resources Manager




You are a great leader. You genuinely enjoy being around other people. Your relationships with others are very important to you. You love talking and meeting new people. You are very enthusiastic about work and about all that you do and have in your life. You love being the focus of attention. You enjoy a fast pace. You are very socially oriented. Therefore, you are much happier being with others than you are alone. You crave interaction with others.

You are very spontaneous and often act before you think. You are always quick to answer when you are asked a question, even if you aren't sure of the answer. It is easier for you to improvise as you go along. You enjoy thinking out loud, and are most creative when brainstorming with friends or colleagues. You enjoy being involved in many activities.

You are very easy to read, and often wear your heart on your sleeve. You are never afraid to tell people what you think. You are very empathetic and genuine. You can sometimes be seen as over-emotional or too involved by others. But that is only because you tend to get so involved in the things you do that they become personal.

You want to be adored, loved and appreciated. You like to please others and to make sure people are happy.

You trust what is certain. You only like new ideas if they can be practically applied to the situation. You value what is real. You use your common sense. You like to utilise the skills you have instead of learning new ones. You are very specific and detailed when writing or talking to others. You follow directions well. You don't like leaving things in limbo. You like to know what you are getting into before you commit to something.

You like to focus on the here and now. You enjoy completing projects. It is important for you to achieve and succeed. Therefore, you believe in working hard and playing later. You like to set goals and work towards them.

Hi Mrs. Schmidt!


Robert said...

I empathize. I have never enjoyed my career (23 years with same company) but absolutely thankful to have been gainfully employed for so long. And heck, they just funded my European beer drinking adventure! I am now on the downward side of my career. I will be 47 in December. If I can hold on for 8 more years, I can retire at 55 with medical benefits. While the idea of "doing time" for 8 years is not so enthralling, it really is the best possible thing right now.

Robert said...

Can you post a link to the survey? I want to see if globe trotting beer drinker comes up for me.

glo said...

The link to the damn quiz, please!