So, it is almost time to make a decision about what you want to be studying next year. Clueless? No worries – 99% of your fellow matrics are in the same boat. You need to take some time out and carefully consider your passions, your dreams and what you want to achieve in your career. A lot of the time, your happiness in your chosen career will depend on if your personality suits your job-type. We thought we would give you a little starter in the shape of a quiz to help put you on the right track to selecting your perfect profession

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1. Your friends ask you to settle an argument for them. Do you consider the facts and remain objective, or do you allow your feelings and how the decision may affect others influence your decision?
a. I remain objective.
b. I consider the effect on others, but it does not affect my decision.
c. I do not like to consider too much of anything when I am making a decision.
d. I struggle not to let feelings cloud my judgement but they often do.
e. I allow my feelings and the effect of this decision on others to shape my decision.

2. Your weekend is packed with multiple options for going out. Do you like to keep your options open, or do you prefer to make a decision and only attend one event?
a. I like to make a decision quickly and move on to the next matter at hand.
b. I narrow the options based on the options I think are best in this situation.
c. I have a hard time making a decision ad prefer to be told what to do.
d. I like to make a decision but continue to weigh the options until it is time to act.
e. I like to leave my options open.

3. Your sports team’s tactics are outdated. Do you develop new and innovative tactics, or do you work on making the existing ones more efficient?
a. I like develop new, innovative systems.
b. I just want to make existing systems we have work more efficiently.
c. I just like to work on things I already know and am comfortable with.
d. I like to make existing systems work efficiently so I am occasionally innovative.
e. I like to develop new systems, but I also enjoy increasing the efficiency of old ones.

4. In solving problems, what kind of person are you?
a. I am logical and analytical.
b. I am personable and sensitive but I can step back and see the big picture, too.
c. I am neither logical nor personable – I am just here to work.
d. I am logical, but I have a heart, too.
e. I am personable and sensitive to the exclusion of logic.

5. Some learners do well with concepts and ideas, others like hands-on experiments. Which are you?
a. I am a practical, hand-on worker.
b. I am a hands-on worker who comes up with the occasional idea.
c. I do not get paid to come up with ideas. I am just hear to learn.
d. I am an ideas person who sometimes finds it easier to be quiet and focus on work.
e. I am an ideas person.

6. It’s your birthday.
a. I plan every moment in the finest detail.
b. I plan a few key moments but just have a good time.
c. I don’t focus on anything – it’s my birthday!
d. I relax and enjoy the day, but make sure that my cake is my favourite colour.
e. I go with the flow – I’ll have a good time no matter what happens.

7. You are at a huge social event.
a. I like to watch what people are doing around me.
b. I prefer to listen, but sometimes I like to watch, too.
c. I don’t like to be aware of what other people are doing or saying.
d. I prefer to listen to what is going on around me.
e. I like to watch what is happening but I listen, too.

8. It’s time to choose your tertiary education subjects. As you read them, you choose…
a. Classes where I can learn through my own experience.
b. Classes that focus on detailed diagrams and pictures.
c. For me, learning is a struggle whether it is done by seeing or doing.
d. Classes that allow me to do things by myself with occasional photos or diagrams.
e. I like classes that mix visual and hands-on training.

9. You are assigned a task in class. How do you go about it?
a. I like to read the direction first.
b. I glance at the directions but I have a pretty good idea of how to proceed.
c. I feel uncomfortable undertaking a task until I have been trained in the procedures.
d. I think I can figure this out as I go but I will glance at the directions if needed.
e. I can figure things out as I go.

10. You are asked to make a persuasive speech in support of your favourite cause…
a. I can never seem to convince others of my point of view.
b. I am always able to persuade others that I am right, if I have to.
c. I am uncomfortable trying to persuade others.
d. I enjoy persuading others but could have a hard time.
e. Sometimes, I am able to persuade others that I am right.

11. You are asked to clearly explain a complex problem to the class verbally.
a. I am never able to describe complex matters verbally.
b. I am sometimes able to describe complex matters verbally.
c. I am uncomfortable trying to describe complex matters.
d. I struggle when trying to describe complex matters.
e. I am always able to describe complex matters.

12. Your science teacher asks you to write clear instructions for an experiment you have developed.
a. That’s easy! I have no trouble writing clear instructions.
b. I would rather not. I struggle when trying to write clear instructions.
c. Do I have to? I am never able to write clear instructions.
d. I can try, but writing instructions makes me uncomfortable.
e. I am sometimes able to write clear instructions.

13. Your maths teacher asks you to make a few simple calculations in your head.
a. No problem. It’s easy!
b. The simple ones are okay, but the more complex ones are difficult.
c. I would rather use a calculator.
d. It is a challenge and I struggle.
e. Not easy, I am not good with numbers.

14. You ask your teacher a question, and she answers with “That’s just the way things are.” How do you respond?
a. I question the reason why things are the way things are.
b. I accept that things are the way they are for a good reason.
c. I may not like the answer, but I am not going to question it.
d. Sometimes I question why things are the way they are but I accept them that way.
e. I accept things as they are, but sometimes I can’t help looking for the reason.

15. Your art teacher asks you to visualise a piece of fruit and draw it.
a. I am never able to create something based on visualisation I have experienced.
b. I am sometimes able to create something but it often does not come out right.
c. Being artistic and creative is highly overrated.
d. I am sometimes able to turn a visualisation into something recognisable.
e. I can visualise something and make it come to life with ease.

Now count up your answers:
Number of As:
Number of Bs:
Number of Cs:
Number of Ds:
Number of Es:

What it means

Mostly As: Sciences – Technology
You have a fine attention to detail and a knack for problem solving and analytical thinking. Yet you question things around you and like to discover knew things. You would be successful pursuing a career in the sciences or technology. Look at areas such as medicine, geology, computer sciences or engineering. These career choices will suit your skills best.

Mostly Bs: Business
Your attention to detail and knack for problem solving and analytical thinking is much like someone with a science interest. However, you have also shown an ability to persuade others and learn by doing. You will be successful with a career in business. Business majors often find themselves in management careers in a variety of fields such as hospitality, construction, retail and manufacturing. There are tons of options open to you!

Mostly Cs: Still Undecided
You are uncomfortable coming up with ideas and are not sure what you want to do. This is not a reason to let others choose a tertiary institution course, degree or diploma for you. Think of a few things that you enjoy doing and perhaps take a short course or two with them in mind. Use this time to discover who you are and do not be afraid to make some decisions on your own.

Mostly Ds: Social Sciences – Law
Your knack for logical thinking makes you a great match for careers in social sciences or criminal justice. You like to reason, you see order. You may find yourself in areas of journalism, archaeology, anthropology, history or psychology. Your desire to discover the truth will prevail.

Mostly Es: Art – Design
You pay attention to details and have a creative spirit. Give your willingness to question why things are the way they are, and your propensity to observe the world around you, you are an art student in the making. Whether in performance or traditional arts, you will enjoy expressing your ideas and allowing others to enjoy your talents. Your creativity will shine.

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*With thanks to Teen Trends Magazine
(Originally published in the 2012 edition of the Future Guide Magazine on pages 36, 37, 38, 43 and 44.)