But I did not follow the advice. First, it sounded ludicrous. Second, I didn't want to move from home. Yet today, if I woke with a new life studying trees, I probably wouldn't mind.
Two of the books that I'm "currently reading" show up on the side bar of this blog. They are really for my daughter, who is expected to graduate high school in about two and a half years.
- "What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers"
- "Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams"
One other resource mentioned in "What Color Is Your Parachute?..." is the "Self-Directed Search," or SDS. This is an online assessment tool that helps you figure out what your Holland Code is. The SDS is not free; the test and report cost $9.95.
There's also a free test that you can take here: http://personality-testing.info/tests/RIASEC.php. In fact, I just took this test before I cleaned up the previous paragraph. My results show that my Holland Code is IAS, meaning Thinking (I), Creating (A), Helper (S). I got a little bar graph, too:
Knowing one's self is the first step in choosing a rewarding career. I hope this information is helpful!