There are numerous sites that offer these inventories, and many of them can be very helpful. I however, have taken a similar opinion to Ari Chatz - taking a much simpler (and free) approach to this inventory can save you time, money, and maybe even a headache.
In a blog on loosen.com, Ari highlights the three main things to consider when looking for a career:
- The value one has for money
- Establishing one's skills
- Establishing one's interests
Secondly, I thought of the many organizations, groups, and jobs that I have been a part of. As I remembered my time with each step of my journey so far, I wrote down the skills that I felt I used to be successful at that time. After coming up with a fair list, I have highlighted the three "trends" that I noticed:
- Analyzing and problem solving
- Detail focused (without loosing sight of the big picture)
- Working with or leading a team
- Making a difference by helping people
- Analyzing and planning (events, projects, etc.)
- Communicating with people (anywhere from coworkers to public speaking)
Tune in for future blogs as I explore careers that I feel will combine my skills and my interests. In addition, I encourage all of you to let me know if you have any ideas of where I might find a career that blends the above together. So, comment away!