So many people have uttered the words, “I wish I could work in a job that’s truly right for me.” Yet, very few people really know what their ideal job actually is. How can someone get a better understanding what career is right for them so they can close the gap between working a job and fulfilling a passion?
Assessments are a great way to uncover insights and find out the how, the what and the why behind the things we do on a regular basis. Until we truly know ourselves, we may simply be repeating the cycle of working one unsatisfying job after another.
Simon Sinek states, "Once you understand your WHY, you'll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and you’ll better understand what drives your behavior when you're at your natural best."
According to a recent article by Jordan Devos for Toptal.com, Maslow determined that the greatest human desire is to reach our personal potential. “What a man can be, he must be.” This typically happens through personal growth and learning new things.
In terms of the purpose of a project, personal potential is put into action when it aligns with a personal passion. Ikigai states that passion consists of what you love and what you’re good at. Reaching your potential in an area that you enjoy can have a profound effect on you and your work. It can contribute to your personal happiness, inspire a team, or positively impact the lives of others. Whatever the contribution is, your passion and expertise have the opportunity to be at full capacity.
Using Assessments to find your purpose
Most people can generally tell the difference between what makes them feel good and what does not. However, they don’t always understand why they feel that way. Assessments help to uncover these answers. Specific assessments can study areas such as behaviors, motivators or a person’s emotional intelligence or acumen.
Using assessments effectively is a lot like putting together a puzzle. At first, you have a lot of pieces but you’re not quite sure what to do with them. As the puzzle starts to come together, it gets easier and easier to get to the finish line. Using multiple assessments together has the same effect. The more information you have about yourself, the easier it will be to find a career that is truly meant for you.
Different types of assessments
Behaviors: Behavioral assessments measure “how” a person does what they do. One of the most popular assessments used to determine behavior characteristics is DISC, which identifies four main styles of behavior. Using this assessment, we can uncover a person’s specific behavior style, making it easier to communicate with that person. Since behavior styles are easily observable, having a simple understanding of the four main styles - and being able to identify those styles in others - makes communication exponentially easier.
Motivators: Another assessment known as motivators (known at TTI Success Insights as The 12 Driving Forces®) measures a person’s “why.” Sure, we may behave a certain way, but what drives those behaviors? For example, is a person motivated by their resourcefulness or their quest to control their own destiny? Does a person prefer structure or like to shake things up? Does someone learn because they crave knowledge or just learn only what they need to know to complete a specific task? Knowing what motivations drive a person makes it easier to find a career that aligns with those motivators.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ): For years, people believed having a relatively high IQ, or intelligence quotient, was necessary to succeed. More and more data exists that shows that EQ may be more important than a person’s IQ. How someone handles various situations, especially stressful situations, can be a huge predictor of future success. Taking an EQ assessment can help uncover areas that could benefit from improvement, helping a person prepare for future success.
Acumen: the science of axiology, is assessed analyzing both world and self-views, using three dimensions of thought:
- Intrinsic (feeling)
- Extrinsic (doing)
- Systemic (thinking)
Acumen can also be considered a person’s keenness and depth of perception. Assessing a person’s acumen will help identify how a person thinks. It will answer whether a person processes events from a people standpoint, a task standpoint or a system standpoint.
Acumen examines these six dimensions: Understanding Others, Practical Thinking, Systems Judgment, Sense of Self, Role Awareness, Self Direction. Assessing these areas can help predict a person’s performance in a particular role.
Do you know your “why?” Do you feel like you have a specific purpose on which you have built a career? If you do, great. If you’re like most others, using assessments to gain a better understanding of your “how,” “why,” “what,” and other key discoveries can help you find a truly satisfying career in which you can truly thrive.
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