The BYU alumni association had been sending me a LOT of emails to sign up on the alumni we-help-you-find-a-job website and I thought to myself, why not. I might as well use all of the resources I have. Part of signing up was taking an hour long quiz to find what kind of job I was good for, including a profile of my total person. After a semi-traumatic series of personality questions, vocabulary tests, this : this :: that : that, and two sections of math, this is what it told me:
"You appear to be attracted to positions in which you may apply creative problem solving, especially in industrial settings. Your interests are focused on the Creative, Mechanical and People Service themes on the ProfileXT. The composite results here suggest an emphasis on working with and serving the needs of a client or customer through industrial pursuits."
Does that sound like graphic design to anyone else? I enjoyed all the feedback it gave me. I am supposed to use it to improve myself professionally. Some other comments (and probably more than you want to read) were:
Learning Index: Overall, you can be expected to complete a new training program with at least adequate success.
Verbal Skill: Your analysis of communication related concepts should be sharp and on target.
Verbal Reasoning (Using words as a basis in reasoning and problem solving.): Information gathering is a strength of yours.
You demonstrate a good range of vocabulary and an excellent capability for verbal expression.
You learn verbal information more easily than average.
Manageability: You have a moderately positive attitude concerning organizational constraints and restrictions.
Sociability (Tendency to be outgoing, people-oriented and participate with others.): You express a low interest in the opportunity to socialize with people, to establish a network of contacts.
Numerical Ability (A measure of numeric calculation ability.): You may not have had much recent opportunity to use numbers in work.
You sometimes may prefer to use a calculator or computer to handle some numerical problems.
You may need extra time at first in mentally computing numerical information. With training and experience, you should be able to improve your accuracy in carrying out mathematical functions as they apply to the job.
Numeric Reasoning (Using numbers as a basis in reasoning and problem solving.): Your ability to assimilate information that is mathematical or numerical in nature is sufficient at a general level.
Well, this is what I say to those who think I need to use mathematical functions as they apply to my job. Or what Bill Watterson says: