Have you heard of this guy Ted Williams — The Man with the Golden Voice? Homeless and on the street the one talent he had is his silky smooth voice. The purpose of college is to find a job, right? Well, wanting to do a job and having the talents to do that job are two different things. You can be trained to do anything, but with natural talent, not only will you be happy doing it, you’ll be SUCCESSFUL at it as well. Does that make sense?
Everybody has at least one gift or talent that stands out naturally for them. I’m sure people have told you, “you are so good at what?” Well . . . what is it? Helping people, building things, sports, numbers, decorating, whatever it may be, anything you are great at doing is a potential career. If fixing things has always come easy for you, doing home repairs is a major market because as long as people live somewhere, something will break. Think of people with a specialty as a make-up artist or a love for fashion design.
So, how does one find their talent if they don’t know what it is? First you narrow down your greatest attributes and then determine your career. The Myers-Briggs Test is one of many comprehensive tests which determines what your natural attributes are. What most people don’t know is that there are numerous tests that also exist for the same purpose. Listed are a few web sites that will allow you to tap into your job talents.
Career Mentoring Institute Free Online Career Profile – This test allows you to determine your top 3 “Fields of Work” selected from the official US Department of Labor careers database on the basis of your individual responses to the questionnaire; which one of the 16 career personality types you fit into and what types of work you are best suited to; your 6 dominant career abilities and 3 dominant career intelligences – again this provides clues to your most suitable career and; how you rate on the 6 key skills of the “Knowledge Age.”
About.com Career Planning – Is this the Right Career for You? – This quiz actually tests your knowledge in whatever field of interest you desire, then gives you a “report card” to determine if you would be successful in that particular field. They then give you information to research more in-depth into the field itself.
See, I believe the more your natural attributes are utilized in your job, the more satisfied you will be everyday. Consider that we spend 80% of our waking hours either at work, coming or going to work, socializing with co-workers, texting, tweeting, and e-mailing somebody from work. So, I’d say it’s a good thing to ENJOY what you do.
Okay, since you are in school anyway, take both of the tests listed above and evaluate whether the courses you are currently taking will line up with your personal career goals for the future. My occupation is a professional speaker/trainer. What falls in line with that skill?… Teaching instructor, tutoring, job coaching, radio, books-on-tape, motivational speaking, marketing, sales. Those are just a few that I can think of. So, evaluate how many occupations line up with your skills. This is the best way to know that you WILL BE doing something you love!
Marja Lee Freeman (aka ‘The Employment Lady’) speaks with authority on the job search process and its pitfalls. She is an expert on employment issues: job search strategies, discovering the right job for you, employment trends, workplace conflict, and dealing with day-to-day employment dilemmas they don’t teach at school.