In a break between two of my classes today, I decided to take one of those job aptitude tests. Why? Because I graduate from college in May with nothing but an AS degree in General Studies (AKA a stepping point to a degree of some kind. Not useful for any job alone. That I know of anyway.) and I still have nothing I want to be other than an author.
It’s good to dream though, right? That’s what I’ve told myself ever since I can remember. Dream big, achieve your goals! It just doesn’t seem nearly as possible whenever you feel as though you’re dying when you see the bill for the cheap college you go to.
I’m still a kid in most people’s eyes. I’m only 19. I’m unbelievably innocent. That doesn’t mean I’m stupid. I need a job. I can still shoot for my dream, but I need food on the table whenever I’m living on my own. Guaranteed food is a good thing! Right?
So I took one of those personality job test… things. 484 questions of pure torture.
Q. 432: You avoid social situations.
A. Strongly applies to me.
B. Kind of applies to me.
C. Does, or does not apply to me.
D. Doesn’t really apply to me.
E. Does not apply to me at all.
Now these aren’t the exact answers, but you get the basic idea.
Nearly every single one of the questions had me choosing the extreme, introverted sounding option. I’m an introvert. I’m a book worm. I’m an ex home schooled geek. I want to write for a living. It was a very depressing quiz that had me pressing the negative sounding option to each answer there was.
And just guess what job it said I would be most suited for!
Now this didn’t surprise me much. I’ve taken these tests many times since I was around 13 and was first told I needed a ‘real job’. I always get the same answer. What surprised me was the rest of the results.
The site listed a bunch of things and had an x on the box next to it that indicated my probable ability to do the job. Everything, and I mean everything, was equal to, or less than the box I like to call ‘Eh’. The box that isn’t good, or isn’t bad. The one you click whenever you take an opinion questionare and have no idea what the answer should be. The opinion right in the middle.
Including the writing. It was the ‘eh’ one. The best possibility for my life.
Granted, I know it’s just a stupid 480whatever test off of the internet and really holds little scientific value over my life, but it really disappointed me. I apparently am not very good at anything according to this, and only have one probable option. A very boring and unsocial individual who hides from humans like a vampire hides from the sun.
Now the second one is only one with some truth. Yet it’s only halfway true. After all, if you talk to me, I’ll talk to you back! But if I don’t know you and you’re not paying attention to me… It’ll probably remain that way forever.
I think I’m interesting. Somewhat at least. I have many talents. Just they are all in the artsy, introverted field and don’t make much guaranteed rent money. I can play the piano, I can write decently enough, I can BS my way thorough any kind of essay with ease and have no idea what it was about, I can play the flute, and I can… um… crochet a chain stitch?
I’m young. Hope hasn’t run out for me yet. I have a decent job. I nearly have my associates degree.
AND I CAN DREAM!
Take that, ‘eh’!