CareerExplorer: I found what I believe to be my best matches with this test. Be prepared -- it did take me 20-30 minutes to complete it -- but it was exceptionally accurate in terms of proposed careers of interest. It also pinpointed the precise current interests of both my teenage children. It is my most highly recommended career interest tool.
It gave me: author, librarian, editor, professor, historian, journalist, and diplomat.
I did not “unlock the premium features,” which may well have given me a few other solid choices (including college counselor for example!).
Note: it includes a number of questions relating to vocations and other more "blue collar" jobs. I was initially concerned that the assessment wasn't likely to yield very accurate results, that it wasn't "getting me." Just continue answering the questions and prompts as honestly as possible.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MTBI): When I took MTBI as a young adult professional, I scored a very clear ISFJ result. I retook the test 15 years later and got first INFJ, then back to ISFJ. Now 15 more years have passed, and I still go back and forth between the Sensing (S) and Intuitive (N) – typically I’m 51% of S or N and 49% for the other. I score above 90% for I, F, and J. I believe I truly could go either way between S and N. I have a strong creative streak mixed with a penchant for details, data, and facts. The Truity test noted that I use both styles in processing information and may easily switch from one to the other depending on the circumstances. Reading the traits and descriptions for both types, I can see myself in both profiles.
In the Holland Codes (RIASEC) assessment, I got ASI (Artistic-Social-Investigative) with one test, with Artistic being the highest score and Social being only one point higher than Investigative. On another test, I scored AES (Artistic-Enterprising-Social). Occupations for ASI individuals that correspond with careers I’ve had or might have had include: creative writer, history professor, english professor, historian, and political scientist. AES careers that hold some appeal to me include: creative writer, biographer/non-fiction writer, editor, and career counselor.
Under the Keirsey Temperament system, I am an Idealist. Idealists may enjoy becoming a novelist and engaging in other artistic fields, nurturing and helping others in roles such as educational counseling, and educating others through teaching and librarianship. My corresponding MTBI type under Idealist would be INFJ (whereas ISFJs are considered the Guardian temperament). Keirsey thus strengthened the position that I am more INFJ than ISFJ.
With the Multiple Intelligences test, I scored highest with Linguistic, Intrapersonal, and Visual/Spatial. Some of the applicable career suggestions for my higher intelligences include writer, librarian, counselor, and historian.
And the Sorting Hat says . . . Hufflepuff!
Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. They are the worker bees behind the scenes, caring little for personal glory. Hufflepuffs are team players and have a great love for the natural world. ISFJ is Hufflepuff/Hufflepuff, while INFJ is Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff. I don't mind having a bit of Ravenclaw mixed with my overall Hufflepuff nature.
When I view the results of all these tests as a whole, patterns and overlapping strengths and interests emerge very clearly. It is also evident that I’m particularly well suited for careers in college/career counseling, writing, and historical research. If you choose to take at least one assessment in each category, I suspect your own holistic picture will give you insight and shape your own exploration of potential college majors and career paths.