I want to talk about a database that can help people pinpoint their Top 40 careers: CareerCruising.
You can use it with your Brooklyn Public Library library card at http://www.bklynlibrary.org by clicking on the articles and databases link on the left then searching on CareerCruising.
First: create a profile and sign up. Then take the Career MatchMaker quiz and save every quiz results sheet under a different name.
If you do not live in New York State you can get a Bklyn library card by signing up and paying $50/per year. Or you might see if your own library system offers this database or a similar one.
A free career match test you can take is at http://www.mynextmove.org on the Internet. I prefer the CareerMatchMaker. The careers I scored high on were career counselor, writer, motivational speaker, activist, and librarian. The quiz is eerily accurate.
It can save you from making the mistake of trying to fit yourself into a career that doesn’t suit you. The earlier you take the quiz the easier it will hopefully be to discover the work you’ll love to do and be good at.
In the next Flourish entry I will talk about the secret solution to stigma in the workplace.