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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Job Search
What do you want to be when you grow up?

No doubt you were asked that question countless times throughout childhood, when an answer of “astronaut” or “President of the United States” would have been greeted with enthusiasm by your parents and other adults.

But now the question is real, and it’s time to figure out a career path. How do you begin?

You might start with an exercise that is known as the “Career Interest Game,” also referred to as “The Party Game” in the job hunter’s bible, What Color Is Your Parachute? This exercise is based on the theory that people and work environments can be loosely classified into six different groups (Conventional, Realistic, Artistic, Enterprising, Social or Investigative) and that different personalities are better suited to different careers and workplaces.

The Career Interest Game has been adapted specifically for the agriculture industry by AgrowKnowledge, the National Center for Agriscience & Technology Education. So, if you’re interested in the field of agriculture, but aren’t certain what type of job you might like, the AgrowKnowledge Interest Inventory is a great place to start investigating career options.

Here’s how it works: Users review three categories of questions and check off all the answers that are applicable to them. So, for example, the first category, which focuses on 35 separate personality traits, asks participants if they are “helpful,” “outgoing,” “friendly,” “athletic,” etc.

The next category also has 35 possible responses, this time focusing on an individual’s particular skills (Can you….“lead a group;” “teach/train others;” “use a computer;” “solve mechanical problems,” etc.)

Finally, the third category gauges users’ general interests with 35 questions that begin “Do you like to…..” Options include such interests as “be physically active,” “read fiction, plays and poetry,” “participate in meetings,” or “tinker with mechanics.”

Once you have responded to all three categories of questions, the AgrowKnowledge Interest Inventory Results will calculate how you match up with the six different groups we talked about earlier, and offer a list of careers in the agricultural industry that might be a good fit for you.

For example, if your inventory results were primarily in the “Realistic” category, AgroKnowledge suggests a comprehensive list of different career options, including Agriculture Product Assembler, Fisheries Technician, Forest and Conservation Worker, and GPS Technician, for starters. Or, if you scored highest in the Social category, AgroKnowledge suggests jobs such as Park Manager or Extension Agent. Descriptions of each job are included.

This simple — and fun — exercise could wind up paying off. As Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? recently noted in the 2011 edition of the guidebook, job searches take time and energy no matter what — so you may as well look for a job that really fits “you” and gets you excited about getting up in the morning!