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Is there some sort of general-aptitude test I can use as a guiding light?
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Lateralus
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Dec 5, 2011, 08:07 PM
 
I'm becoming one of those people who is always on pause until they really 'figure out what they want', but I'm sick of waiting. However, I'm blanking when it comes to drawing up one or two things in particular that I have a passion for or think I wouldn't have any problem with were I to pursue studying them. Maybe it's because I was a slacker in high school, never speaking to my guidance counselor or dealing with SAT/ACTs...

So, whinging aside, is there some sort of general aptitude test which exists that I won't have to rely on the results of in any major way?
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Dec 5, 2011, 09:04 PM
 
GED diploma? Is that a thing?

*Whinging.

If you don't intend to rely on the results, is there any point?
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Dec 5, 2011, 09:09 PM
 
A GED is a high school equivalency test, which doesn't apply in my case as I graduated.

And insofar as relying on the results, I mean... I'm looking for something that I can use to direct myself, not something that will determine the death or life of any future college admission application. Something I could take on a more recreational level.

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Dec 6, 2011, 04:39 AM
 
plenty of community colleges, at least here in california, have placement tests for english and math.

won't really hurt you as all it gauges is where you need to begin your education at the cc.
     
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Dec 6, 2011, 04:49 AM
 
From what I've inferred, I think Lat is looking for a career test.

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Dec 6, 2011, 06:49 AM
 
Many community colleges are now in the business of helping students find careers versus "jobs." It has to do with the change in demographics over the past decade, as well as how business and employment have changed. It's worth a shot.

I can state from experience that finding your "calling" can take plenty of time. I was in my late 40s before I figured out that occupational therapy was mine, and part of the delay was that I didn't know there was such a thing until I was about 40. It helps to get an outside perspective (as in those career placement tests) because we can sometimes be limited by our own experiences; finding out what is really out there that might be useful or interesting or even a passion may take getting someone else to point one in the right direction.

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Dec 8, 2011, 10:10 AM
 
Try politics. You're corrupt enough and seem to abuse power at the drop of a hat. Should fit right in.
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Dec 8, 2011, 10:12 AM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
Try politics. You're corrupt enough and seem to abuse power at the drop of a hat. Should fit right in.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
     
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Well he's handing out infractions for no reason now - see Besson's "Doofy's Cat" thread for details.
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Dec 8, 2011, 10:32 AM
 
Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
A GED is a high school equivalency test, which doesn't apply in my case as I graduated.

And insofar as relying on the results, I mean... I'm looking for something that I can use to direct myself, not something that will determine the death or life of any future college admission application. Something I could take on a more recreational level.



27.
I work for Freescale. When we were part of Motorola, you could go to HR and take a questionnaire of the type you want.

Here a few I found.
Career Planner Quiz | Career Tests | CareerPath.com
Career Test Center - personality types
Career Questionnaire: How This Test Can Help You Find A Career
     
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Dec 8, 2011, 10:42 AM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
Well he's handing out infractions for no reason now - see Besson's "Doofy's Cat" thread for details.
This is why I stay clear of besson's trash threads.

Oh, and color me shocked if that doesn't turn out to be a joke.
     
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
This is why I stay clear of besson's trash threads.
Ummm... ...I was staying clear - that's what I got the infract for.
Been inclined to wander... off the beaten track.
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Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
Ummm... ...I was staying clear - that's what I got the infract for.
Not exactly... you fell for his trap and was the first reply.
     
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Not exactly... you fell for his trap and was the first reply.
And then when I figured that he wasn't going to shut up, I stayed away.

Still, gave Lat an opportunity to prove his worth.
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Dec 8, 2011, 11:46 AM
 
I gave you a 1pt infraction for 'Failure to Participate in the Advancing of a Cat Thread'. Grow some humor, jesus christ.

Originally Posted by Chongo View Post
I work for Freescale. When we were part of Motorola, you could go to HR and take a questionnaire of the type you want.

Here a few I found.
Career Planner Quiz | Career Tests | CareerPath.com
Career Test Center - personality types
Career Questionnaire: How This Test Can Help You Find A Career
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Every time I take one of these tests it tells me I should be a Junkie Whore.

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Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
Well he's handing out infractions for no reason now - see Besson's "Doofy's Cat" thread for details.

How could any living person not understand that that was an intentional joke infraction? I mean, really...
     
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Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
I gave you a 1pt infraction for 'Failure to Participate in the Advancing of a Cat Thread'. Grow some humor, jesus christ.

<pedantic MacNN member>But the official MacNN forum rule guidebook says nothing about mandatory participation in cat threads!</pedantic MacNN member>
     
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Replying 6 days late should be worth an infraction.
     
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Dec 16, 2011, 11:24 AM
 
I always thought career tests were stupid. They pretty much ask the obvious.

-What do you do good in - math, science, writing, art, woodshop, gym,... etc.

- What do you like to do? What do you have fun doing?

- Do you like to deal with people? Do you like to tinker?

I think if you really sat down, and thought about the answers to some of these questions, you'll come up with an area you are interested in.

I guess the not so obvious thing is what careers are related to the answers to these obvious questions.
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Why don't you become a 'NN Mod Pro ?

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Dec 17, 2011, 08:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
Try politics. You're corrupt enough and seem to abuse power at the drop of a hat. Should fit right in.
All kidding aside:

Try this

Amazon.com: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (9781607740100): Richard N. Bolles: Books
     
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Dec 17, 2011, 08:41 PM
 
You could also check out The Complete Idiot's Guide to Discovering Your Perfect Career.

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Every time I take one of these tests it tells me I should be a Junkie Whore.
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Replying 6 days late should be worth an infraction.
Your mom should be worth an infraction.

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