So you know that you don’t want to practice law, but you don’t know what you want to do? The first step in any career exploration is to learn about yourself. Being self-aware will allow you to articulate why you want a certain career and why you are qualified.
There are many, many different self-assessment tests and indicators out there (many of which we will explore in this blog). So, where do you start? An easy, quick place to start is with an online personality test. So try a few and begin exploring! (Click on the links below to go to the test.)
- Human Metrics - Free Jung typology personality test. Provides a list of occupations most suitable for your personality type.
- Keirsey – Free personality test. Personalities are broken down into four tempermants. Tempermants are further subdivided into subcategories.
- My Plan – Offers 4 career assessment tests to help you find out what your interests are and understand how they relate to choosing a career. A complete report for all 4 reports is $19.95 or purchase individual reports for $7.95 – $9.95.
You can also make an appointment with Ginny Swartz in the Mental Health Counseling Department to take a comprehesive Myers-Briggs personality test.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— exerpt taken from Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken
Each person has a unique set of abilities, talents and passions. I hope that this blog will help you to discover yours and use them in a way that helps to make your life richer – even if that means taking a different path than your law school classmates.
In order to find your path, you need to know what makes you unique. Have you done the self-analysis necessary to know what makes you unique? (If not, don’t worry – in coming blog posts we’ll explore how to do this.)
If you are unhappy in your chosen career, the feelings will be there whether you acknowlege them or not. So you might as well deal with the mushy stuff now. Discover what you love, what you hate, and what you can’t live without. Find the difference between what you think you should want and what you actually want. Learn how to make that vision you have become a reality.
There is not just one road to a fulfilling life. You may have to take some twists, turns and re-routes to find it. And what brought you fulfillment at one time in your life may, for whatever reason, no longer work for you. No two paths will ever be the same. So do not ever copy someone else’s; rather, learn from everyone’s and make your own. And that will make all the difference!