There are thousands of tests, books, and websites on the internet, but how do you know which ones are best for you? Below is a culminated list of the top resources we and thousands others have found useful. From books on how to succeed to aptitude tests and professional presentation guides, almost everything you need can be found here apart from everything you don’t need on the internet.
Myer-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myer-Briggs Type Indicator is one of the most famous personality indicators. As stated by them: “The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.”
16Personalities is a test similar to Myer-Briggs’ Personality Indicator. This free test helps the user identify which of the 16 personalities they fall under, allowing them to further investigate occupations and/or career paths that best fit them. This or the Myer-Briggs Personality Indicator is a great way to start your career journey.
Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation
In-person aptitude tests are one of the most in-depth, foolproof ways to understand your personality. Meant for all ages, the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation leads one of the biggest aptitude testing research centers in the country. Aptitude tests are timeless and do not change over time. Since they’re based on personality and natural abilities, one time, typically during high school, will stay with you forever. Although this path is quite pricey, it has been proven to work as one of the best ways to either finalize or initiate your journey.
The Balance Careers
The Balance Careers is where Careers4All gets a lot of its content and ideas. This website is great to explore the ins and outs of certain careers or fields as a whole.
Naviance is one of the more popular career sites most often offered by high schools in preparation for college. When diving deeper into its content, Naviance has plenty of sections that refer to career paths and personality traits.
Founded by one of our own team members, Job-Lander aims to adapt to the recent changes of college admissions. By aiding students in gaining internships, Job-Lander provides insight and leadership experience in the real world.
Mapping Your Future
Mapping Your Future is an all-around great website to help accustom you to the professional world. From online counseling, to financial help, and even to professional presentation guides, Mapping Your Future is a great place to start on your way.
Aligning Work and Life
Do What You Are
Similar to Myer-Briggs’ Personality Indicator, Do What You Are is book discusses the many personality types, and what careers fit them best. The authors go through every one of the 16 types and help you determine your best career options, efficient job searching ways, and strengths and weaknesses.
Designing Your Life
Designing Your Life is considered to be the overall best career book. The content surrounds the idea that every choice you make is meant to be intentional and have a system that follows its path. Not only designing, but redesigning are too main ideas covered in this book.
The Third Door
The Third Door, by Alex Banayan, is the story of how an 18-year-old college freshman sets out to uncover the true stories behind the richest people in the world. He explores the career journeys of those that made it big.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, by Scott Adams, is a funny, yet practical book that outlines the ups and downs of his career while giving advice on yours. Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures and still discover your personal energy.
This article by Qualifax provides extensive information on the role of a parent in their student’s success in career decisions. They emphasize the importance of allowing self-control and encouraging pre-planned development.