Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People

Subject: Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People
From: Ken Stitzel <kstitzel -at- symplified -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:43:03 -0600

Big grin for Gene's idea about the Harry Potter character test!

I missed most of this discussion, but one non-fad test that I did find very
helpful (if expensive) was an aptitude test from the Johnson O'Connor
research foundation. It told me why I wasn't happy with some of my tech
writing jobs, why I sucked as a pure editor, why I'm happier working by
myself (even though I'm good at communicating with others), why I get so
distracted by some things, why I changed majors so many times in college,
and what types of tech writing (or other) jobs I should steer for when I
can.

I knew a lot of that vaguely and intuitively, but the tests gave me some
numbers and terminology to better define and discuss parts of myself.

They have a pretty huge control group and have tested a lot of
professions--although I don't think they have yet included technical
writers per se. Interestingly, they say there is not one aptitude or
combination of aptitudes that suggest who would make a successful writer.

Ken

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Follow-Ups:

References:
Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Ron Hearn
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Keith Hood
RE: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Kat Kuvinka
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Richard L Hamilton
RE: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Kat Kuvinka
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Kat Kuvinka
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Tony Chung
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Phil03
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Julie Stickler
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Phil03
Re: Careers For People Who Don't Like People: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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