This self-assessment test really helps me to figure out my performance in the five most important factors in choosing a career in marketing. I have thought about the question that what work I will be engaged in after graduation, but I have never done a systematic evaluation like this before. By answering these questions, the assessment system could help me analyze my characteristics and advantages more scientifically and precisely. Then, there will be interpretation and recommendations for jobs in results of every assessment test. After doing this assignment, I have known more about myself and my alternative choices of career in marketing.
First, in the work interest assessment, the system gives me an evaluation saying that my Work Interest Holland Code is AES. It means that my first work interest areas are artistic category, enterprising category and social category. People in the artistic category are generally described as creative, imaginative and innovative. Such characteristics could be found from those painters, poets and photographers, designers, actors, etc. They do not like to be limited in boxes but prefer to break those conventions and create some original things. As for the enterprising category, it refers to those people who like persuading and leading others. They are good at having conversations with different people and they are never afraid of giving speeches. What they enjoy most is they could have impacts on others. Therefore, they will pay more attention to social status and relationship. Social types actually have some similarities to enterprising types. Both of them do well in getting along with people. However, social types are more inclined to cooperate with others to solve problems. They are described as warm-hearted, friendly and considerate. The recommendation for my career choices is to choose those jobs in the field of media, such as copy writer, exhibit artist and music director.
Second, in the personality assessment, the result tells me that prefer to work on projects where I could innovate and create some new ideas. I will enjoy the process that I could deal with those challenges and find some new solutions. In most cases, I will take an objective look at the current condition and solve those problems after careful analysis. In addition, because of knowing well about my teammates and having a good command of what they want, I could get on well with my teammates and we will cooperate harmoniously to achieve our goals. This assessment gives very different recommendations for my job choices compared to my first assessment. It says that I will be more suited to jobs like engineer, scientist and analyst.
Third, in the skills assessment, I chose my top three skills, managing people, social perceptiveness and speaking. I have been leaders in my class or the associations that I have participated in. My classmates once said that I did things methodically and I understood others’ thought and strengths, thus they agreed with my arrangement in most instances. As a matter of fact, I also believe that I have advantages to understand others because I am good at observing and listening. Conflict is not bound to happen, but it depends on whether you have been aware of the risks ahead, which means you have a good knowledge of social status and relationship. In the meanwhile, I am not afraid of expressing my ideas and I know how to speak will not be heard aggressive. In the values assessment, I chose three top factors that I will take into account in choosing jobs are creativity, income and working outdoors. I prefer to develop my ability to create and innovate in working rather than following the “rules”. In addition, I pay much attention to income because I am a person who likes to try new things and travel, which needs a large amount of money. Besides, I do not like working indoors and sitting at one place for too long. Working outdoors will be better for my health. In the fifth assessment, my three most obvious characteristics are eager, sharing and inquiring. “Eager” means I like to persuade others and transfer my thoughts and suggestions to others, therefore, some of my friends always say that it seems that my energy will never run out. “Sharing” is consistent with my former performance in the first assessment. The third description “inquiring”, to some degree, contradicts to my former evaluation that I like to work with people, which describes that I prefer to prove my ideas or find solutions by analyzing.
My performance in the five self-assessments has been combined by this system and it says that there are no suitable occupations which could satisfy all of those descriptions for me. It is right because I believe that I am a person of complex personality, which has decided my choosing for my college major difficult. However, at last, I made my decision because it is difficult for us to find a perfect and ideal solution but we could try our best to achieve what we want most. Choosing a career is in the same way. Before starting our career path, we have to decide where to begin. There is an article from the column “Find Your Passion” in The Muse. It tells me 6 fresh ways to find my passion. First, we should put the psychology in a correct place. We should not have such thought that I cannot make it. There must be someone who does what he loves to do. So, why is not me? Second, my past experience is of great value for me. We could find our most interested ingredients from our most enjoyable experience, and those factors will be involved in our future career. Third, those ingredients may not be associated with each other at first but we can find our umbrella where they will adjust to fit with each other. Fourth, if I want to find a job which I not only enjoy but also can make money with. I need to be proactive to find some opportunities rather than waiting for others to find me. If I have to polish my skills to satisfy the requirements, then just do it. Fifth, do not give up your love just because someone says you will not win. But rebellion is not the only thing we have to be engaged in, we could persuade them to trust us. Last, what we want to do sometimes needs us to take challenges, which means we should be brave enough. But not the whole path of realizing our dream is full of thorns, we could find our comfort place after making efforts.