As part of a career assessment from WCTC, I took a battery of tests. After all was tallied, they found some interesting results:
Holland Interest Profiler
This test measured what I like to do based on a series of “Would you rather…” scenarios. I came out as an ICR, which in JohnHollandese is Investigative, Conventional, and Realistic, and are thus explained:
Highest Ranked Interest Area: I – Investigative People with Investigative interests like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking more than with physical activity. They like to search for facts and figure out problems mentally rather than to persuade or lead people. Second Highest Ranked Interest Area: C – Conventional People with Conventional interests like work activities that follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and detail more than with ideas. They prefer work in which there are precise standards rather than work in which they have to judge things by themselves. These people like working where the lines of authority are clear. Third Highest Ranked Interest Area:) R – Realistic People with Realistic interests like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They enjoy dealing with plants, animals, and real-world materials, like wood, tools, and machinery. They enjoy outside work. Often people with Realistic interests do not like occupations that mainly involve doing paperwork or working closely with others.
My best matching career clusters BASED ONLY ON MY INTERESTS are IT, Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, and Health Science.
This test measured what basic skills I possessed, based on my own impression of each skill. Based on my abilities, my #1 hit was a Civil Drafter, but with a match score of only 66%.
66 Civil Drafters
66 Architectural Drafters
66 Electromechanical Technicians
63 Wood Model Makers
61 Office Machine Technicians
61 Numerical Control Machine Setup Operators
61 Woodworking Machine Operators
60 Medical Records Technicians
60 Printing Press Operators
59 Statistical Clerks
59 Photographic Technicians
58 Research Analysts
58 Laboratory Equipment Preparers
58 Computer Operators
58 Computer Peripheral Equipment Operators
58 Bowling Alley Mechanics
58 Metal Fabricating Machine Setup Operators
58 Woodworking Machine Setup Operators
The Work Values assessment is based on the Theory of Workforce Adjustment and indicates the degree of job satisfaction I would likely get out of certain work settings.
Based on this test, I would get the best job satisfaction out of being an Apparel Patternmaker.
1 Apparel Patternmakers
2 Elevator Mechanics
3 Metal Patternmakers
6 Layout Workers
7 Wood Patternmakers
8 Wood Model Makers
10 Precision Calibrators
11 Automobile Painters
12 Lithographic Photographers
13 Photographic Technicians
14 Piano Technicians
15 Musical Instrument Repairers
16 Paper Machine Setup Operators
17 Precision Pattern and Model Makers
18 Gem Workers
19 Printing Machine Operators and Tenders
20 Maintenance Mechanics
21 Tool Grinders
22 Metalworking and Plasticworking Machine Operators and Tenders
23 Electromechanical Technicians
24 Desktop Publishers
26 Lithographic Strippers
27 Metalworking and Plasticworking Machine Setup Operators
28 Computer Technicians
30 Refrigeration Technicians
After all the assessments were done, I was presented with a list of jobs that best matched my three metrics. In fact, out of the five dimensions that were referenced, only ONE JOB out of the 66,000 in the database matched in three of the five categories: Research Analyst. Incidentally, the three dimensions that matched were Career Interest, Personal Interest, and Known Skills. It did not match in Job Satisfaction or Experience. The other 29 that were presented matched in only two out of five categories. Also, none of the jobs presented indicate positive employment growth in the next 10 years. The only job I found in the expanded list with a positive employment growth in the 10 year outlook matched two out of five (but weakly). It was Database Administrator. That lines up with Job Satisfaction 66% and Career Interest 70%. It doesn’t line up with skills, experience, or Personal Interest.
So I guess I’m just completely screwed when it comes to jobs. I’m no good at what I like doing and nobody’s hiring for the stuff I am good at.