A career self assessment will help you determine your personality type which, when combined with a career skill assessment, can help you discover your ideal career.
If you're really not sure what you want to do, a self assessment is a great place to start. Be careful, though, as the self assessment should be used as a guide. Ultimately, you must make your best career choice. Understanding your strengths and skills will help you choose a career suited to your natural abilities.
Online Career Self Assessment Tests
Traditionally, career self assessment, or personality tests, have been administered by certified professionals, who then take the time to consult with you to help you understand and apply the tests. With so much information on the internet, many tests are available online, both free and fee-based, though there is controversy as to how reliable some of these tests might be.
Tests include questions designed to understand how you react, behave, or feel given certain situations. The questions are then compiled together to form an overall assessment, or personality type.
If you take a free online test, use your own logic and common-sense to review the results. Does this really sound like you? If so, it should confirm your own instincts and give you a better sense of how you approach and handle things. If the test doesn't seem to fit with what you know about yourself, try taking a different test. I have taken several free tests, and found most of them to fit right in with how I perceived myself.
One of the most popular test types include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), developed during World War II by Katharine Cook Briggs, and her daughter Isabel Briggs Meyers. The test is based on Carl Jung's theories in his Psychological Types. Another popular test is the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS), which is closely associated to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, but differs on some key points. Whereas the MBTI is based on how people feel, the KTS is based on how people behave.
Many fee-based online tests include a personal consultation with the charge for taking the test. If you really want a detailed, objective perspective on your personality, this may be a good option for you.
You may want to consider trying a free career self assessment test first, and then if you decide you'd like more in-depth information, consider paying for a more detailed report.