Your Life. Your Work. Your Signature.
Discover your unique self and a career tailored just for you with these free personality tests and career resources.
“How can I be useful,
of what service can I be?
There is something inside me,
what can it be.”
-Vincent van Gogh
You are a work of art. Complex and beyond summary.
Yet you prove to hold consistent patterns - interests, values, dispositions. You bring a unique signature to life and work that only you can manifest.
How do you share your unique you? How do you share your unique self in work that feeds your soul?
While it’s a lifetime’s work to “know thyself,” there are a many ways to get closer to understanding the seed within you.
Cataloged below are a variety of free, quality resources to help you identify your unique signature and navigate towards an occupation that is truly tailored to you.
Remember. You are a work of art. Complex and beyond summary. You are so much more than the result of any one test, but combined, the resources below will at least point to part of the unique pattern that is you!
Part 1: Unique You
In Part 1 you will be discovering your talents, strengths, skills, and a variety of personality indicators to help you see your unique signature.
What follows is a list of questions and free, quality online assessments for this purpose.
Remember to take each test with a grain of salt. If you disagree with the result, go with your gut. Drop it and move on. Or use the result to dig deeper.
As you collect results, be sure to organize and save your discoveries for later review. Looking at everything together may spark new ideas.
Part 1 begins below.
Complete each of these sections below. Add your results to your Life-Work Signature Workbook as you go to develop a full picture.
The more you complete, the more patterns you will begin to see. Have fun and enjoy the discovery!
The term ikigai compounds two Japanese words: iki (wikt:生き) meaning "life; alive" and kai (甲斐) meaning “(an) effect; (a) result; (a) fruit; (a) worth; (a) use; (a) benefit; (no, little) avail" (sequentially voiced as gai) to arrive at "a reason for living [being alive]; a meaning for [to] life; what [something that] makes life worth living; a raison d'etre".In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life. The word ikigai usually is used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile.
Secondly, the word is used to refer to mental and spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that their lives are valuable.
It's not linked to one's financial status. Even if a person feels that the present is dark, but they have a goal in mind, they may feel ikigai.
Behaviours that make one feel ikigai are not actions one is forced to take—these are natural and spontaneous actions.
In the article named Ikigai — jibun no kanosei, kaikasaseru katei ("Ikigai: the process of allowing the self's possibilities to blossom") Kobayashi Tsukasa says that "people can feel real ikigai only when, on the basis of personal maturity, the satisfaction of various desires, love and happiness, encounters with others, and a sense of the value of life, they proceed toward self-realization."
Questions to Answer:
- Why do you get out of bed in the morning?
- What do you love to do?
- What do you love to think about?
- What do you love to learn about?
- What do you love as a process?
- What can you get paid for?
- What do you do well?
- What is your vision for your local community? Region? Country? World?
- What does the world need?
Your Young Self
You will often find keys to your life-work signature from your childhood. Think back and answer these questions:
- What do you love to do the most when you were a child?
- What did you want to give to the world?
A Life Well Lived
Ponder then answer these questions:
- Imagine you have only 5 years left to live. What do you want to accomplish in your work in that time?
- Imagine you are on your deathbed and you're thinking over your life. What do you most regret not accomplishing?
- Now imagine you're at the end of your life and your pondering all that you did. What do you feel have been your greatest accomplishments?
Hierarchy of Values
In this section you will learn more about what you value.
Workbook Print out your extended list of values from your companion workbook. Read through and mark the values that you feel are important.
- Which values speak to you?
- What do they mean?
- Which values are most important to you in your life?
Identify your top 5 values. How do you define each of these values in terms of their significance and meaning to you?
Next, complete the Life Values Inventory Assessment. Download and print each of the free, accompanying reports for future use.
Character Traits / Personal Qualities / Strengths
Workbook Print out your extended list of strong personal traits from your companion workbook.
Create a list of your top 10 character traits.
Next, ask your friends, members of your family, coworkers or others to identify your top ten character traits (as they see them) and compare. Others may see a trait you did not identify in yourself that you realize rings true.
Also, PersonalityFactors.com offers a free assessment to identify different dimensions of your personality.
Review all of the information you gathered in this section and add the highlights in your Life-Work Signature Workbook.
Natural TalentsWorkbook Print out your talent list from your companion workbook and identify your top talents. Asks your closest family, friends and colleagues to rate you as well and compare.
The theory of multiple intelligences differentiates human intelligence into specific 'modalities', rather than seeing intelligence as dominated by a single general ability.
Howard Gardner proposed this model in his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Gardner proposed seven abilities that he held to meet these criteria:
Multiple Intelligences Tests
Here are several tests to potentially identify your intelligence strengths:
Big 5 Personality Traits
The Big Five personality traits, also known as the five-factor model (FFM) and the OCEAN model, is a taxonomy for personality traits.
This theory uses descriptors of common language and therefore suggests five broad dimensions commonly used to describe the human personality and psyche.
The five factors have been defined as openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.
Big 5 Personality Traits Tests
The four temperament theory is a proto-psychological theory which suggests that there are four fundamental personality types: sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic.
Most formulations include the possibility of mixtures among the types where an individual's personality types overlap and they share two or more temperaments.
Greek physician Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) described the four temperaments as part of the ancient medical concept of humorism, that four bodily fluids affect human personality traits and behaviors.
Modern medical science does not define a fixed relationship between internal secretions and personality, although some psychological personality type systems use categories similar to the Greek temperaments.
The Four Temperaments Tests
Myers–Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.
The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It is based on the conceptual theory proposed by Carl Jung, who had speculated that humans experience the world using four principal psychological functions – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking – and that one of these four functions is dominant for a person most of the time.
The MBTI was constructed for normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences. "The underlying assumption of the MBTI is that we all have specific preferences in the way we construe our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation."
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Tests
Additional Myers-Briggs Resources
Keirsey Temperament Sorter
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS) is a self-assessed personality questionnaire designed to help people better understand themselves and others. It is one of the most widely used personality assessments in the world...
The KTS is closely associated with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI); however, there are significant practical and theoretical differences between the two personality questionnaires and their associated different descriptions.
David Keirsey expanded on the ancient study of temperament by Hippocrates and Plato. In his works, Keirsey used the names suggested by Plato: Artisan (iconic), Guardian (pistic), Idealist (noetic), and Rational (dianoetic). Keirsey divided the four temperaments into two categories (roles), each with two types (role variants). The resulting 16 types correlate with the 16 personality types described by Briggs and Myers.
Artisans are concrete and adaptable. Seeking stimulation and virtuosity, they are concerned with making an impact. Their greatest strength is tactics. They excel at troubleshooting, agility, and the manipulation of tools, instruments, and equipment. The two roles are as follows:
- Operators are the directive (proactive) Artisans. Their most developed intelligence operation is expediting. The attentive Crafters and the expressive Promoters are the two role variants.
- Entertainers are the informative (reactive) Artisans. Their most developed intelligence operation is improvising. The attentive Composers and the expressive Performers are the two role variants.
Guardians are concrete and organized (scheduled). Seeking security and belonging, they are concerned with responsibility and duty. Their greatest strength is logistics. They excel at organizing, facilitating, checking, and supporting. The two roles are as follows:
- Administrators are the directive (proactive) Guardians. Their most developed intelligence operation is regulating. The attentive Inspectors and the expressive Supervisors are the two role variants.
- Conservators are the informative (reactive) Guardians. Their most developed intelligence operation is supporting. The attentive Protectors and the expressive Providers are the two role variants.
Idealists are abstract and compassionate. Seeking meaning and significance, they are concerned with personal growth and finding their own unique identity. Their greatest strength is diplomacy. They excel at clarifying, individualizing, unifying, and inspiring. The two roles are as follows:
- Mentors are the directive (proactive) Idealists. Their most developed intelligence operation is developing. The attentive Counselors and the expressive Teachers are the two role variants.
- Advocates are the informative (reactive) Idealists. Their most developed intelligence operation is mediating. The attentive Healers and the expressive Champions are the two role variants.
Rationals are abstract and objective. Seeking mastery and self-control, they are concerned with their own knowledge and competence. Their greatest strength is strategy. They excel in any kind of logical investigation such as engineering, conceptualizing, theorizing, and coordinating. The two roles are as follows:
- Coordinators are the directive (proactive) Rationals. Their most developed intelligence operation is arranging. The attentive Masterminds and the expressive Fieldmarshals are the two role variants.
- Engineersare the informative (reactive) Rationals. Their most developed intelligence operation is constructing. The attentive Architects and the expressive Inventors are the two role variants.
Keirsey Temperament Assessments
How to Fascinate
Sally Hogshead's Fascination Advantage® assessment will help you see how the world sees you. The assessment will help you discover the unique value you bring to the table and more.
Find out what your primary and secondary advantage when you complete Sally's Free Assessment.
If you want to learn more after you get your results, look at where your primary and secondary advantage unite to form your Unique Archetype (a personalized report covering your Archetype is available for purchase).
Holland Codes: RIASEC
John L. Holland's Theory of Career Choice explains that personality types, careers and work environments fit into six general categories: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.
Entering a career and work environment that ideally suits your personality will set you up for greater satisfaction and long-term success.
Hollands Code Assessment
To discover your unique code, take the free O*NET Interest Profiler assessment.
O*NET Work Importance Profiler (WIP)
O*NET® Work Importance Profiler (WIP) is a tool that assesses vocational work values—what people think is important in their work.
The purpose of the WIP is to help participants identify their most important work values and the possible occupations that correspond with those work values.
The WIP is based on the Theory of Work Adjustment (TWA), which was developed from extensive research conducted at the University of Minnesota (Dawis & Lofquist, 1984).
In simple terms, the Theory of Work Adjustment states that people derive satisfaction from their work and adjust to their work when:
- they have the necessary skills and abilities to perform the job well, and
- the job in turn satisfies important needs and values of the worker, such as giving them recognition and a safe and comfortable place to work.
The WIP is a way for individuals to identify their important work needs and work values so they can identify occupations that best satisfy these needs and values.
Complete the WIP Assessment then take note of and save your results for use in part 2.
Right at the moment were born the sun, moon, and planets were in particular parts of the sky, forming a unique signature.
Planetary relationships and conversations may point to new insights; yes your personal, astrological map holds even more clues worth considering!
To learn more about the placements of your planets, you need to build your birthchart. To calculate, you will need:
- Your Birth Location (City, State, Country)
- Your Date of Birth (Month, Day, Year)
- The Exact Time of Your Birth (Hour, Minute, AM/PM)
Gather the information above and visit Astro-Charts Free Birthchart Calculator.
Enter your information and create a free account to save your birthchart for future reference.
View your chart and click Settings.
Next, scroll down and click on Aspects. These are types of connections/conversations the planets have in your chart.
To start, just enable major aspects: conjunction, opposition, square, trine, and sextile and click Apply Settings.
There is so much here to explore, but for now, consider the following:
First, look at the planets section under your chart. You will see the Sun listed first at a certain degree of a sign (e.g. Sun in 18° 8' Virgo).
Now visit: Explore Persons by Sun Sign and click People with Sun in [Your Sign] (e.g. Virgo).
At the top of the page you will see a description of what the Sun means and how the Sun in your sign is flavored.
Next, go back to your birthchart and look at your Moon placement (e.g. Moon in 8° 8' Taurus). Now do a search based on planetary placement.
Select Moon for the planet, then enter the sign (e.g. Taurus) and click Go.
Again at the top of the results page, you will see a description of what the Moon represents in your chart and how it is flavored by your sign.
You can repeat the process below to learn a little bit about each planet and how it is flavored by its sign placement in your birthchart.
Finally, go back to your birthchart and scroll down to the list of aspects.
These are the relationships or conversations planets were having right when you were born.
Choose an aspect from your list (e.g. Mercury Conjunction Sun orb: 0°). Now do a search based on planetary aspect.
Enter the first planet (e.g. Mercury), the Aspect (e.g. Conjunction), and the second planet (e.g. Sun) and click Go. Again at the top of the results, you will see an interpretation for this type of planetary relationship.
Do you see any interesting parallels with previous discoveries? What new insights have you found?
Part 2: Identify Careers Tailored to You
In Part 2 you will use what you discovered in the previous section to help identify work best suited to your temperament.
Discovering Careers: Holland Codes
After completing your O*NET Interest Profiler (see Holland Codes in Part 1) you will receive a diagram with percentage values assigned to each of the six interests categories: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.
Look at your top three interests and remember these three letters.
For example, if you have scored most highly in Artistic, followed by Social and then Enterprising, your code will be ASE.
Now visit a list of careers on chroniclecareerlibrary.com organized by Holland Career Codes.
Click on your code (e.g. ASE) to see a list of related careers. Now look at other combinations of your code (e.g. AES, EAS, ESA, SEA, SAE).
Comparing Occupations: Work Values and Other Descriptors
After completing the O*NET Work Importance Profiler (WIP) (see part 1), visit O*NET Online Descriptor Search. Select work values from the dropown menu and click go.
Next, click you top work value and click go.
Now you will see a list of occupations across all job zones that match your selected work value. You can also enter a 2nd and 3rd value above to narrow you search.
Learn more about your potential career from the source! Complete a virtual job shadow for instant, inside perspectives.
After you've narrowed your selection, do further research, prepare well-thought questions and seek an opportunity for an in-person job shadow.
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