The simplest approach that’s widely used to help people identify their career building blocks is the RIASEC inventory. It asks questions to help you figure out which of these six career building blocks are dominant for you:
The RIASEC typology has helped many people, in part because lists of careers have been created for each of the six categories, for example THIS.
That said, I've created a moderately different six-category typology that my clients have found somewhat more helpful. The first letter of each comprise the acronym WITPAD. For each of the six WITPAD categories, I list a few sample careers that many people find satisfying and in which the job market is at least decent.
Of course, few careers fit purely into one of the six categories; there’s always overlap. But identifying your preferred one or two categories may help you home in on a well-suited career.
Which of the six WITPAD categories feel most like you? Which ranks second? Does that suggest a career for you? Or does it offer a clue as to how you might do your current work differently?
Marty Nemko was named “The Bay Area’s Best Career Coach” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and he enjoys a 96 percent client-satisfaction rate. In addition to the articles here on PsychologyToday.com, many more of Marty Nemko's writings are archived on www.martynemko.com. Of his seven books, the most relevant to readers of this blog is How to Do Life: What They Didn’t Teach You in School. Marty Nemko's bio is on Wikipedia.