For many people, imagining the future and the kinds of things they'll do is tremendously exciting. Coming up with ideas and plans for yourself and for the future can be fun, especially if you know, or think you know, exactly what you want to be doing. However, if you're unsure of what you want to be doing for your career, or wonder which careers might be best for you, you can take a future job quiz.

What Is a Future Job Quiz?

A future job quiz can be called many things: a career assessment quiz, a personality quiz or a career questionnaire. No matter what name it goes by, future job quizzes all serve the same purpose, which is to help you assess your skills and interests. Once you've indicated the things that you are good at and that you enjoy as well as some other factors and information, the future job quiz can point you toward the career that is best for you.

Many times students take a career assessment quiz and feel worried that they are locked into the outcome. Nothing could be further from the truth. A career assessment quiz or a future job quiz is merely a tool to help you look at your options and decide what career most appeals to you. For many people, looking at the skills that they have already acquired and the things that interest them help them to feel a connection and ownership over who they are. This can help point them in the right direction for their future job.

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Because most people spend so much time working during the course of their lives, the ideal situation is a job that you enjoy at least most of the time. While everything that can be fun can also feel like work when you have to do it all the time, there can be tremendous joy in working at something you are passionate about and using those skills to make your living. This is what a future job quiz can help you find out.

What Is the Purpose of a Personality Test or Career Quiz?

There are many career assessment quizzes available online. There are also a number of personality tests, like the Meyers-Briggs test, the Disc Assessment and the Winslow Personality Profile. While these tests are not future job quizzes per se, they can help to attune you to certain qualities about yourself that may come into play when choosing a career. These tests are designed to elicit thoughtful and honest responses.

It can be difficult when considering yourself objectively to honestly answer the questions on a test. Even if your intention is to be honest about what you write, it can be difficult to put down what you really feel, rather than what you'd like to be, or what you think is the "correct" answer. Part of the import of taking a personality test is being honest. If you answer in a way that is not in accordance with who you really believe yourself to be, you could risk being guided toward the wrong jobs.

Where Can You Take a Career Assessment Quiz?

Taking tests online sometimes costs money, but if you'd like to perform a career assessment quiz you can very likely do so online. Many tests such as the Meyers-Briggs test have an official website that allows you to take the test and get your results almost immediately. This is a good first step, especially for people who are older and have graduated high school.

If you are still in high school, you will probably find that your guidance counselor or college advisor has access to a variety of career assessments and other tests. This is great if you are interested in working with someone who knows you a little more intimately and can help you to interpret the results and explore your options. Having a career assessment after your second or third year of high school can help you to plan and to think about the future and your college choices in a new way.

About the Author

Ashley Friedman is a freelance writer with experience writing about education for a variety of organizations and educational institutions as well as online media sites. She has written for Pearson Education, The University of Miami, The New York City Teaching Fellows, New Visions for Public Schools, and a number of independent secondary schools. She lives in Los Angeles.