On Job Matching Software

Guidance counselors need to stop. I say this because recently I took one of those job aptitude tests with my guidance counselor. It included a long list of actions that I was supposed to rate on a scale of 1–5 based on how much I liked them. Then, a second part of the test would question you on your skills. I took the test honestly the first time. I indicated that I would like to work alone and not with children, and that I had a preference to work in the arts or media. Some of my suggested careers included at least 5 different types of doctors, a mediator, and a tour guide.

Maybe I just don’t fully understand the logic of this test, but I don’t think you typically recommend an introvert to resolve other people’s conflicts as a job. Some other recommended careers included taxidermist, bike mechanic, locksmith, and magician. This is after I said I wasn’t good at or interested in doing small complicated tasks with my hands.

This led me to make a fake test, where I only took the interests part of the test. I gave a neutral answer for 114 out of 116 questions. The other 2 activities I rated as “supremely interesting”–those two being “working with telephones or two-way radios” and “being up on ladders”.

It recommended I become a sign language interpreter. As far as I know, that is not something you can do on a ladder or on the phone.

My guidance counselor said that this was a reliable website.

My question is why I have to think about what I’m doing for the rest of my life as a freshman, and if I do, why I should be a sign language interpreter if I want to work on ladders. It’s just unnecessary stress (both having to think about my future and interpreting sign language on a ladder).

If you know anything about job matching software, please comment on this.