Quiz: How Do You Pick Your Dream Job?

dream job quizBy Susan Ricker

If you're reading this, there's a good chance you feel something's missing from your career. Perhaps the jobs you've had before were chosen for the paycheck; maybe you got into your current role through family pressure; or you're simply not sure what career path you're interested in. No matter why you have a clouded outlook on your career, there's always time to realize your dream job and start investing in your future happiness. To get a better idea of what dream job may be waiting for you, take this quiz and start building your new career.

1. What are some of your favorite pastimes?
A. Spending time with friends and family, volunteering for the community.
B. Writing, reading, painting, listening to music, drawing, making new things.
C. Shopping, visiting friends, trying new restaurants and going out.
D. Seeing new places or people, traveling, visiting others.

2. What types of websites do you enjoy visiting?
A.
Activist and social justice websites and local news pages.
B. Creative and interactive sites that share new ideas, especially blogs.
C. Stock market news sites, business investment news pages.
D. Extreme sports websites, vacation opportunities and outdoor events calendars.

3. What kind of role are you looking for in a job?
A.
Working with the public and interacting with different kinds of people
B. Interacting with co-workers, managers and clients to create publications and content
C. Leadership, managing a team or being responsible for others
D. A hands-on position that may not work traditional hours

4. What kind of responsibilities would you want in a job?
A.
Caring for the well-being of others, including their health, safety and education.
B. Supporting a creative vision and working with others to bring it to life.
C. Managing the finances, budgets or resources of an organization.
D. Meeting and working with new people every day, traveling.

5. What are some of your favorite movies or TV shows?
A.
"Freedom Writers," "Doctor Dolittle," "Dead Poets Society," "Good Will Hunting."
B. "The Devil Wears Prada," "Frida," "Girls," "The Artist."
C. "Mr. Deeds," "Richie Rich," "Suits," "The Apprentice."
D. "Rat Race," "Around the World in 80 Days," "The Amazing Race," "Globe Trekker."

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Results
Mostly A's: The Nurturer
Your dream job may be making the dreams of others come true. From working with animals or children to sharing arts and education, it's clear you have a passion for working with and helping others. Consider community and social service occupations, like health educator or social worker, in which you can directly use your passions to help improve your community. If you're not sure where to start, look for volunteer opportunities at local schools, hospitals, nonprofits and small businesses.

Possible dream jobs:
Mostly B's: The Creative Type
Do you see the world through colors, fonts, framed shots or design schemes? Your creative sense of style and knack for aesthetics could be your key to a fulfilling career. As digital marketing continues to grow, businesses big and small need creative talent to provide content and visuals for their materials and publications. There are plenty of ways to get started if a creative career sounds like your dream job.

Possible dream jobs:

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Mostly C's: The Big Earner
While your interests may vary, one thing is clear: a paycheck is an important factor in choosing your line of work. If you have your sights set on a substantial paycheck, you may be attracted to any of these managerial positions or legal roles, which according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all have a median income in the six-figure range.

Possible dream jobs:
Mostly D's: The Adventurer
Visiting exotic locales and discovering the world beyond a desk come standard in your dream job description. Your high energy and adventurous spirit would do best in a job with numerous travel opportunities. For roles that frequently travel or work outside of an office, check out any of these possible dream jobs for travel enthusiasts.

Possible dream jobs:
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igrant9679

Thanks for the great information. I really like your quiz and think that everyone should ask themselves these questions from time-to-time. I come from a technical background and found myself in a profession that wasn't fulfilling my needs on an emotional level. I then moved in sales because it met my needs. In addition to the quiz above, I would also recommend taking the Seller Style Assessment by The National Association of Sales Professionals(http://www.nasp.com/resources/sellerStyles/assessment.asp). There is NO cost and it will give good picture of your current motivations and how you communicate(whether your in sales or not), and the ideal work environments for you. I would recommend it to anyone who deals with customers(in sales or NOT) on a daily basis. There is no cost to create a membership and or to take the assessment.

March 05 2013 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbrown5206

Just exactly what is this "quiz" supposed to tell you? I took this quiz and absolutely none of the questions they asked applied to me in the slightest. My "Deam Job" wasn't included in any of the results.

March 04 2013 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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