Career Changers - PERSONALITY & CAREER ASSESSMENTS

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These sites are helpful in that they provide free personality and career assessments.  They are also valuable in terms of answering a lot of unanswered questions about where to begin once you decide that you want to make a career change.  The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and these sites may just spark an idea you never knew you had.

Inside Jobs = www.insidejobs.com made it their mission to scour the Internet and bring together millions of reliable data points, expert opinions, and firsthand testimonials. The result? The ultimate one-stop-shop for career exploration. Use Career Finder to personalize your search of 15,000 career profiles, track down the information you need, and discover opportunities for your future.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter = http://www.keirsey.com/ This assessment is as close as the Myers-Briggs Assessment as you are going to get, and without the price tag.  When answering these questions, don’t think too much about it.  Go with your gut response and watch how it analyzes your personality.  You might just be amazed at how accurate it is. 

Mapping Your Future = http://mappingyourfuture.org/PlanYourCareer/ Mapping Your Future is a national collaborative, public-service, nonprofit organization providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services for students, families, and schools.

My Next Move = www.mynextmove.org My Next Move is an interactive toll for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options.  My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers.  Users can find jobs through keyword search: by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*Net Interest Profile, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience.

My Plan = www.myplan.com helps students and professionals plan more fulfilling lives by making well-informed decisions about their education and careers. Whether you’re planning ahead for your first career, or thinking about making a career change, MyPlan.com can help you explore options and bring clarity and insight into figuring out what’s right for you.

What’s Next = www.whatsnext.com/ provides information, inspiration and resources for men and women who want to change careers, find more fulfilling work or improve their work-life balance. All are welcome, but there will be an emphasis on those who are in mid-career or approaching retirement.