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So...I have come to the full realization that I did not major in CS because it was something I truly enjoyed, but more something I majored in because I thought I would do ok and make good money.

However...I am positively bored. I need to find something that I am really passionate about and something that I truly enjoy doing! I took a career assessment test...and this is all it told me...

Interest in Job Content
Natalie is conscious of existence, meaning, purpose, potential and destiny of humankind, people, and self. Natalie is motivated by a self-felt, self-accepted calling to the cause of good, growth, and gain in the lives of others. Influential communication of ideas is a primary way of achieving those objectives. Perception and thinking tend to be holistic and conceptual; i.e., seeing the big picture. It is important to see which of the other traits are interactive with this trait because there can be many interesting combinations. This is a major trait in cultural, intellectual, academic, and creative activities. It includes ideas, concepts, theory, ethics, and values.

Temperament for the Job
Natalie prefers and needs change and variety. Change is motivating, stimulating, and energizing. Natalie looks for new options, challenges, assignments, acquaintances, relationships, and even new careers in new places. Natalie tires of sameness, repetition, and routine even in activities that were interesting at the start. Once things become routine for Natalie, this becomes a motivation to move on to more interesting things.

Aptitude for the Job
Natalie's preferences and motivations are derived from understanding the deeper or 'real' meaning of ideas and words and uses them effectively in written or oral communication. Literary in this factor means intentional search for ideas expressed by the minds of others for one's own use, assimilation, learning, etc. The source can be books, other publications, historical documents, research information, drama, movies, television, the "information highway" or internet, etc. Emphasis is on communication: picking up information from minds of others or communication aimed toward the minds of others. Journalism and writing are major activities. Literary activity is not exclusively intellectual, academic, or cultural. It may be an end in itself as in a bookworm for instance. And literary activity is not always accompanied by communicative activity, written or oral. On the other hand, communicative activity need not be literary in the classic sense. And one need not be persuasive to be communicative, but it helps. When the trait is highly motivated, as it is here, it suggests both literary and communicative abilities that are or could become a usable skill or a developed talent. By now you can see that only a review of all traits will clearly show the specific content of Natalie's literary and/or communicative preferences and motivations.

Natalie feels both privilege and responsibility to use communication (including persuasion) to voluntarily provide beneficial information to others. This includes strongly motivated benevolent and literary traits. Self-satisfaction comes almost exclusively from the subjective realization that the information, voluntarily given, has been helpful to other persons. Natalie is further motivated to learn and understand the other person(s) needs wishes and listening preferences. Non-persuasive service communication can become persuasive and persistent when expressed in the interest of someone needing Natalie to stand up for them.

Engineering activities, regarding mechanics, systems, etc., do not fit Natalie's vocational interests.

"Synthesize: putting two or more things together to form a whole; the combination of separate elements of thought into a whole; the operation by which divided parts are united" (Webster). Natalie is motivated by seeing the big picture so much so that (s)he, attempts to see all parts of the picture in that larger context, then sees all parts relative to each other, but still within that larger context. Perception and thinking are therefore holistic and conceptual. Philosophical and intuitive processes are involved. Scientific, managerial, and/or literary preferences may also be involved. Other mental factors in this section are subordinate, secondary, or complementary to this primary motivational attribute. This is an overview and scanning activity that includes ideas, concepts, theory, fiction, hypothesis and assessment. (Note that words in the last sentence are unrelated to logic that Webster defines as "the science of the operations of the understanding subservient to the estimation of evidence.") For Natalie, preferences for this sort of synthesis will allow it to get no further toward logic than estimating.

Natalie is strongly motivated to apply thinking to the big picture through holistic ideas, concepts, options, and strategies. This does not mean, suggest, or imply that thinking is kept only in a holistic context but it does mean that the first and constant priority or preference for consideration and focus are on the big picture. (Example: Natalie more likely prefers to be an executive rather than a manager, and more inclined to be a manager rather than a supervisor.) Considering how pieces of the picture are brought in to the big picture stimulates motivation for the activity.

Mathematical Capacity
Statistical, investigative use of mathematics plays a major role in what motivates Natalie. This kind of math is valuable for many kinds of engineering activities: mechanical, systems, hydraulic, geological, computer, etc. Methodical, logical, pragmatic, and objectivism are central to the activity. Computers are typically essential for this work. The above examples of activities and descriptions most likely represent an ideal environment.

Language Capacity
Natalie is motivated to describe, explain, teach, illustrate, and interpret. This is a journalistic trait dedicated to inform people. Social, leadership, influential, technical, service, and functional traits are involved as well. Therefore, it is necessary to review all worker traits to more closely identify Natalie's preferences relative to this trait.

That's all well and good...but what the hell am I supposed to do with that? *shrug* Originally I had thought of going to law school...I think...I am going to take the LSAT, see how I do...and take it from there. The question is...what law do I practice?


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Apr. 20th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
To be honest, the sole reason I don't develop (on top of not liking it anyway) and rather do IT support / training work is that although it pays a hell of a lot less, I get more fulfillment out of knowing that I'm helping someone with something they know little about, and have the paitence to let them get frustrated and then try to teach them out to fix their own problems. It also helps that I work at a place where I believe in the mission and the community around me.

It's not changing the world, but at the right place (say a non profit where you believe in the general mission of the organization), it can be rewarding. And it's a good place to maybe use as an inbetween time until you figure out what you really want to do.
Apr. 20th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
:-) It isn't that I don't believe in what I do here...it is just so dull. It isn't very challenging...

My biggest thing is that I don't always do what makes me happy...when I entered college I looked at it from my mom's point of view, "what's going to make me the most money?" That was my first mistake. I should have stayed in my original majors, English and History, which is what I wanted to do. However, I had no idea what I would do with that. :-/
Apr. 20th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Well no there's no "job" persay that you need to do with an English / History degree. I think your putting way too much emphasis on your education and less on your actual abilities and passions. If there's one thing I learned from college, it's that what you graduate with matters much less than what you actually know and can perform.

You obviously have a certain skillset, you need to find a job where you can apply that and be happy with it. Maybe it's not so much the job your doing, but where your working. I've always believed that if you aren't learning anything new, it's time to go someplace where you can.
Apr. 20th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
Well...that's kind of my problem... :-/ I only enjoy a certain amount of things...and I am not really "Great" at anything...but I am good at everything I have done. Like David, LOVES the technology work he does and he is VERY good at it.

Me...I love to read, write, research, and interact with people. I am just not sure what to do with that. I thought maybe becoming a professor...might be good? Though...my brother said that I would have no patience for the dumb asses... so...*shrug* I don't know. My dad suggests I work as an editor or something...but my brother said he could see me being a lawyer, maybe practicing international law or something...
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