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What’s Your Career Type? Take the SCAT September 14, 2009

Posted by Jarrah H in Random.
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A couple months ago I discussed in detail the pitfalls of various forms of conventional career tests, such as the Meyers-Briggs, True Color profile, and COPES/COPS assessments in this post. What was the point of a test that was going to suggest a bunch of really unrealistic occupations like “TV/Radio Quizmaster” for you, I argued? Is it really unproblematic to group people into arbitrary types?

Since then I believe I have developed a far superior career testing tool, the Strategic Career Assessment Test, or SCAT. The quick and easy 5 Question SCAT takes the arbitrary personality types of the old-school tests but aims to avoid the time many people waste pursuing the old tests’ unrealistically good career options. Yes, the SCAT will assess what kind of problems you’re willing to deal with in a job and suggest appropriate career paths for those with lowered expectations.

I encourage you to try it for yourself:

The Strategic Career Assessment Test

1. Which group of people do you disdain the most?

a. Granola-munching tree-huggers

b. Corporate fat cats

c. The man

d. People who don’t appreciate your art.

2. What aspect of a career are you willing to live without?

a. A sense of purpose

b. Money

c. A sense of being valued

d. Money AND being valued

3. What occupational injury would you prefer?

a. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

b. Work-related nervous breakdown

c. Cheese Washer’s Lung (seriously)

d. Fiddler’s Neck

via despair.com

via despair.com

4. What career did you foolishly dream of as a child?

a. Prime Minister of Canada

b. Planeteer (The Power is Yours!)

c. Astronaut or Professional Athlete

d. Rock Star

5. Who is your pop culture role model?

a. Dwight Schrute

b. Counsellor Troi

c. Homer Simpson

d. Ethan Hawke

Results:

Tally your As, Bs, Cs, and Ds. The category you have the most in will lead you to one of the following broad career categories, where you are sure to find a dead-end career that you will be able to tolerate for the next few decades.

Mostly As – Soulless and Tedious Office Job

Mostly Bs – Burnout-Prone “Helping” Profession

Mostly Cs – Devalued Manual Labour

Mostly Ds – Starving Artist
See? Now wasn’t that more useful than being given a 4-letter code like ENFP and being told that essential personality type makes you a great opera librettist or professional magician?

Don’t you feel so much better now?

I’m sure glad I was around to help.

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1. Aneeka - September 15, 2009

Hilarious


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