Career Cluster Surveys
The Career Cluster Surveys are my favourite surveys to take because they give me results I actually like, which might sound backwards, but I like to confirm what I was already leaning towards. I also enjoyed these surveys in particular because they echoed each other almost exactly. The main areas of surprise are Government and Public Administration, and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. I have never really considered careers in these areas before. Also, design based fields, aside from Architecture and Construction, are all but nonexistent on these lists. Overall, the results show careers that require a mathematics based education. Even as someone who is still deciding what they want to do as a career, I have to start deciding if I want to go to a university that is more humanities and arts based, or a school that is more STEM based. Almost all of these results indicate that I would be best to go into a STEM based program, which while having little to do with my internship, is still helpful.
Interest Profiler Surveys
Survey #1 - Naviance
I was worried that the survey would ask me about my personal traits and interests, because I'm starting to question even those right now. However, the survey presented me with a scenario, and asked my interest in doing that task, which is much more tangible. Also, it helped to rule some things out. Do I want to build cabinets? Not particularly. Conversely, it helped to think about what I do have interest in doing. Do I want to manage a department within an international business? Yes please. The survey informed me that I am mainly artistic, enterprising, and conventional, which I suppose is reasonable. I do not think that artistic-ness is my most prominent trait, though. I also do not have a lot of interest in the careers they suggested I look into on account of these results (Film and Video editing, Advertising and Promotions Management, and Video Game Design, to name a few) I doubt I'll use these results as much as I'll use what the actual questions made me think about what I actually want to be doing on a day-to-day basis.
See the bottom of the page for a description of each trait.
Survey #2 - College in Colorado
After taking the Naviance survey, I was not particularly surprised by these results. In fact, I thought they were much more in tune with my strengths than the Naviance one was, as enterprising and not artistic is at the top. This survey verified my concern about one of my weaknesses, as well - in both surveys, social was dead last. This is not ideal because most occupations I am currently considering - business, architecture, design, etc - require social competency. Therefore, during my internship, I will be most observant towards how well I fare socially in the business, as the social environment is an incredibly huge factor in deciding on a career.
I found the suggested careers following this survey to be easier to stomach, and actually worth looking into, such as Search Marketing Strategy, Urban and Regional Planning, Business Intelligence Analyst, and Law (Video Game Design was the only consistent suggestion between the two, and ironically, a career I have absolutely no interest in it).