Career Guide

Part 2: Know Yourself Well and Career Interest Assessment

by on June 1, 2024

When exploring your dream career, it is crucial to take some time to get to know yourself better. You might find this advice redundant—after all, no one knows you better than you do. However, despite your reservations, give this advice a try and take some of the self-exploration tests available online. You may be surprised by what you uncover about yourself and your inclinations.

One or more of these elements – personal interests, skills, personality, and values – may have a great influence in your choice of career. Some people choose to follow their passion, regardless of what others say or how little money they will make in a particular career. Others look to the career that pays them the highest salary and gives them prestige. Whatever your reason is, at the end of the day it is about job satisfaction.

As you start to know yourself better, you will be able to identify career choices that are best for you and have the highest chances of giving you a fulfilling career. Besides carrying out self-exploration tests, you may want to consider talking to people whom you think know you best. These could be your parents, siblings, close friends, a teacher or a mentor.

There are many self-exploration tests available online that can help you determine your career interests and personality. Here are some useful tools:

    This website contains an interest profiling tool that can help you discover your interests and how it is linked to things you might like to do in the working world.
    This test helps you classify your personality type and help you discover careers and occupations most suitable for your personality type.
    Here is another career test that will help you determine your Holland Code. At the end of the test, a list of suggested occupations will be provided based on the level of education you choose.
    Once you have determined your Holland code, use this website to key in up to three interest areas and find out which occupations best match your choices.
    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test that examines four main preferences: introversion vs. extroversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and judging vs. perceiving. It helps individuals determine which work environments and careers align best with their personality. You can take the MBTI assessment on platforms such as 16 Personalities. 
    myCareer Survey - Explore Your Career Clusters
    This simple self-directed myCareer Survey is a career interest exercise designed to help you gain a clearer understanding of the 16 career clusters and their respective groups of related occupations. The career cluster survey result can assist you in embarking on your career planning. 

Once you have determined your career interests and selected some potential occupations, it is important to check the prospects of these occupations and their future trends to make an informed decision. Go to articles at Sources for Exploring Career Trends.

Disclaimer These online tests are a great way to start in getting to know more about your personality, skills and interests, and how it relates to different careers. However, do make an appointment with an education counselor to discuss your options further before you make a decision. You can get in touch with the education counselors from your schools or student counselors of respective higher education institutions or meet them at education fairs or open day events.

As you use assessment tools to better understand yourself and explore your career interests, we encourage you to utilise a variety of resources to make an informed decision about your future. May success follow you every step of the way. If you have any questions about courses, feel free to contact STUDYMALAYSIA team at mobile number 014-6693837 or email [email protected]


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