Do you have a high schooler that is trying to figure out what they want to do with their life? Maybe one or more of your children are in college or even decided to work instead of going to college. Have you or your spouse thought of changing careers? This is why CashCrunch Games has created CashCrunch Careers.
This is a "test" that you take, or loved one takes, to see what career you, or they, would be best suited for.
Our oldest, a 9th/10th grader, took this test. It took him about 20 minutes. I usually ask him if he wants to work through certain products that are brought to us to review. He's in high school now and we don't want to overload him with products. I didn't check with him on this one because I wanted him to take it. I knew that it wasn't going to take him long and I was interested in the results. I mean, what was this $99 "test" going to tell us? He was surprisingly very willing to take the test and actually took his time walking through the questions. As with most tests of this sort, some of the questions were difficult to answer. For each question, he was given two choices. Sometimes, neither of the options described him. I told him just to choose the closest one to what he thought described himself.
There are 75 questions in total and then you get a print out called your CashCrunch Career Report. This isn't just a list of careers that would be a good fit for you. There are many different characteristics that are brought about because of the questions on the test. Here are the categories that are on the report: Career Work Styles, Motivators & De-motivators, Career Attributes, Career Match - which includes a list of matching jobs.
Career Work Styles
"Know what you can do, what you would like to do and how you are able to do it."
His report stated how he responds to changes and pressure. This seemed to describe him well.
Motivators & De-Motivators
"Something that provides a reason or stimulus to do or don't do something."
I appreciated this list of motivators and de-motivators. We talked a lot about these and how they effect his schooling right now. One of the de-motivators was "working alone for extended periods". This one surprised me, actually, so I wanted to chat with him about it to see what he thought. He agreed. Listen, this is our child who, from birth, didn't like to be held for a long period of time, loved being by himself and playing by himself. Whenever he gets the chance, he likes to be in his room, by himself, doing his own thing. That's him. We've accepted it. There is balance in his life, so please don't think that we let him be alone all of the time.
"Qualities or features regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of you."
The categories were adaptability/flexibility, independence, stress tolerance, initiative, and achievement/effort. These were very encouraging for him to see. As with most of us, especially for teens, he sees himself in a negative manner. This showed him that he has great qualities that employers would like to have.
"Jobs that are most suitable for your career."
I was actually disappointed with this portion of the report. This is a very general list of career categories. They were all managerial positions, except one, farmer. Farmer? He was like, "Really? A farmer? There is no way that I want to be a farmer." I understand that there are many jobs that come underneath these different titles, but I was actually wanting a more detailed list that fit him specifically. It seemed like just a general list that would fit anyone.
Along with the printable report, CashCrunch Careers provides videos and information on each of the careers listed on their website. This was helpful as we went through the list. He didn't know what some of the jobs were and this information really helped him see if it was something that he was interested in. The videos seemed outdated. He was interested in the "Computer and Information Systems Mangers" position so we looked further into it. The computers that were being used seemed as though they were back in the 1990s. I think that these videos need to be redone with updated equipment, especially with the computer and technology fields.
Overall, I think that this was a useful tool to use in order to have more discussion about our oldest's future. We already have plenty of conversation, but this brought out some different things that was interesting. I feel that the $99 price is too high for what is included in it.
I am happy that we were able to use CashCrunch Careers by CashCrunch Games. It provided some useful information for our oldest to look through in order to think about a future career.
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