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Why I Don’t Use Aptitude Tests and Career Assessments

Why I don't use aptitude tests

Have you ever taken one of those aptitude inventories that tells you what you should be when you grow up? You know the kind. Based on this 10 minute survey it says right here that I’m destined to be either an accountant or a lion tamer!

Those assessments can be comforting, and are sometimes a good starting point, but without additional introspection they’re often the reason why people are stuck in the wrong career. When it came time to make a career decision, many people took the easy road and did what an assessment told them to do, with little further inquiry.

Maybe you took that road, too. Maybe you picked your career based on what you were told to do by a career inventory or personality assessment…

or a guidance counsellor

or a friend

or a parent

or a spouse

or a teacher

or a mentor

All who probably had the best of intentions, but have no real way of knowing what’s best for you. Only you know what’s best for you. tweet it

Sometimes the easy road actually turns out to be the hard road. Especially if it gets you lost.

If you’re feeling lost, chances are you’ll have to dig a little deeper to see what’s really best for you (and also how you might be getting in your own way). You need to get in touch with what you actually want. And let me tell you, that’s not always the most comfortable process. It can bring up all kinds of baggage and fear and resistance. Unpleasant stuff.

But it’s so worth it.

Because freeing yourself from that stuff is downright LIBERATING. There is so much crap we carry around with us every day – stuff that does nothing but weigh us down.

The truth is, we’re not meant to be pigeonholed; we’re meant to be free, and a part of that means using your very unique talents to build a very unique career. Because you’re one-of-a-kind, and your career should be, too.


This is an excerpt from Careergasm: A Course for Discovering Your Calling.

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