Unless you have a passion for a specific career or know exactly which industry you want to work in the future, it can be hard to pick your major. Sometimes even if you do know, it can be confusing to figure out which career would be the best. But, it becomes even harder and more confusing when you don’t have a career path as a clear vision into your future. What jobs would you be good at? What majors will be useful for whichever job you eventually choose? Here are some personality tests to help you decide. P.S. - they’re also helpful if you want a career change but don’t know what to do.
1. Personal Strengths Inventory
This is a free test you can take within around half an hour. It is based on Martin Seligman's concept of character virtues and strengths. People spend so much time trying to fix themselves by working on their weaknesses that they forget to exploit their strengths. If anything, it may help you recognize your worth as a human, which is a stark contrast to what most personality tests are selling.
2. The TypeFinder® Research Edition
This is a free test you can take within around 15 minutes. It is based on the Myers-Briggs system. The results enable the website to build a better personality profile, but on the plus side, you get to see how different or similar you are to other people.
3. Holland Code Career Test
This is a free test you can use to figure out which of the six occupational themes you fit. It shows if you are Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional in what is known as the RIASEC system. See which of the six you are strongest in and then see how you scored on the other five areas. If you have strengths that you did not know about, then why not look at majors and careers that benefit from these strengths? You may find hidden talents that you never knew you had.
4. The TypeFinder® Temperament Test
This is a free test that is grounded in the theories of Isabel Briggs Myers. Most people are better at judging the temperament of a dog than they are their own temperament. The quiz is a little fairer than most personality tests in that it tries to word the questions so that people do not gravitate towards the “I’m a nice person” answers for the sake of vanity.
5. The Big Five Personality Test
This is a free test you can use to judge yourself against the Five Factor model for your personality. They are Openness, Agreeableness, Extraversion, Neuroticism and Conscientiousness. It may help you see why you like the subjects you do and help you avoid majors (and jobs) you won’t enjoy/excel at.
6. How Agreeable Are You?
This test will take you around five minutes, but it is not very accurate if you are not completely honest. For example, if you are really the sort of person that will cheat at every opportunity, then you have to be willing to say it in the personality test. This test makes it very easy to pick the nice or obvious answers, so try to be as honest as possible.
7. How Conscientious Are You?
This test is based on flawed science. For example, it says it can predict how easily you may become addicted to drugs, which no test on earth can do. Still, there are things you can learn introspectively from its results, especially concerning how confident you are. For example, the test takes ten minutes, so answer the first set as yourself, and then answer the second set as if you were a very confident person and you will see how your “conscientiousness” rating changes. The tests here are just a bit of fun, and if you can learn from them a little, then all the better for you.
Have you decided on your major? What helped you come to a decision? Did you try any personality tests?