Synopses & Reviews
Take the test -- and find the right career for you.
Join the ranks of the more than half-million people who have discovered their true talents and made successful career choices with Discover What You're Best At. Now this bestselling career guide has been revised for the twenty-first century, including valuable new information on the skills in demand in electronic communications, medical technology, and other high-tech fields.
The book's unique National Career Aptitude System enables you to identify not only your interests but also your innate talents and potential skills, and then to match your career strengths to dozens of the more than 1,100 jobs described in detail.
Discover What You're Best At enables you to set realistic and rewarding career goals based on your abilities. It gives you the edge you need to take on the job market and succeed in your chosen career.
Discover What You're Best At will help you:
- SAVE MONEY -- possibly thousands of dollars -- by heading you in the proper career direction before you choose a school or a course of study
- SAVE TIME -- by allowing you to tailor your curriculum to your career objectives, without resorting to trial-and-error course samplings
- SET REALISTIC GOALS -- why be an office administrator when your interpersonal skills make you a natural for sales?
- LEARN ABOUT NEW AREAS -- with more than 1,100 career possibilities listed and described in detail, you could easily discover that you have an interest in and aptitude for an exciting position you never knew existed.
Discover What You're Best At could put you well on your way to success. It's the only career resource you'll ever need.
"In today’s job market it is more important than ever for you to develop a focus, but it can be hard to know where to start. Discover What You’re Best At guides you to work on your own to learn more about yourself and your abilities, and then discover possible career paths. An investment of time in the National Career Aptitude System is likely to reap the benefits of a more targeted (and therefore less frustrating) job search and a more fulfilling career."
"Job seekers are faced with the seemingly daunting task of assessing and marketing the skills they bring to the employment table. Discover What You’re Best At provides a way to understand and better communicate one’s aptitudes within a career context. This resource is also ideal for counselors and coaches who are searching for tools to assist their clients with the career exploration process."
“As a teacher, my students responded with enthusiasm to Discover What You're Best At. The book clearly defined their skill sets. Parents will find this an effective way to invest in their children’s education.”
The previous editions of Discover What You're Best At have helped nearly half a million people through the confusing and frustrating task of choosing a career. This edition, containing 30 percent new material, highlights changes in the job market and includes a special chapter on using the Internet to explore opportunities.
Emphasizing the need to go with your strengths, Discover What You're Best At is filled with tests that enable readers to identify their innate abilities and their aptitudes for mastering a variety of tasks. Descriptions detailing the qualifications for more than 1,000 career possibilities provide an unbeatable method for matching abilities and opportunities.
Now revised and updated with valuable information on the skills in demand in electronic communications, medical technology, and other high-tech fields, this bestselling guide details the qualifications of more than 1,000 career possibilities.
The bestselling career guide that has helped more than half a million people discover their true talents and make successful career choices, now completely revised for the digital age.
Learn how to identify your talents and harness your potential skills and start making money doing what you love. Now revised for the digital age, Lina Gale’s bestselling Discover What You’re Best At will teach you how to set realistic and rewarding goals, save money, and learn about new areas of the job market where you could begin a fulfilling career. Complete with job listings and comprehensive tests to help you evaluate your talents and aptitude, Discover What You’re Best At is the only career guide you’ll ever need.
About the Author
Linda Gale is the bestselling author and coauthor of three career books. She has twenty-three years of experience as a professional "door-opener," initiating and developing strategic business partnerships. Linda lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
THE NATIONAL CAREER APTITUDE SYSTEM
Why the NCAS Is for You
Your career -- by choice, not by chance.
Your Value System Determines Your Job Satisfaction
Commonly held job-related values.
Do New Technologies Create New Jobs?
Changes are more subtle. Academic skills. Personal management skills. Teamwork skills.
The Shifting Workplace
Changing perceptions about possible careers.
Aptitudes vs. Interests
Know what you can do as well as what you like to do.
How Will You Benefit?
Save time. Save money. Understand your strengths. And your weaknesses. Gain encouragement. Be able to set appropriate goals. Be guided in selecting a career. Be opened to new areas.
How Does It Work?
Testing your career potentials.
A Few Words of Caution
What else you'll need to succeed.
Tips for Becoming a Skillful Test Taker
How to avoid distractions and delays.
About the Test Itself
Time limits. Take the whole test. Guessing. Keep it simple. Relax.
Discover if you have the aptitudes for business -- to coordinate, delegate, manage, negotiate, organize, persuade, sell, and supervise.
Discover if you can work rapidly and precisely with details, find comparisons, decode materials, memorize quickly, file and research efficiently.
Discover if you are skilled in the art of reasoning. Can you find similarities and differences among objects, systematize and simplify involved problems, draw conclusions rapidly, infer information?
Discover if tomorrow's technology includes you. Can you follow patterns, understand basic machines, solve problems involving spatial relationships, develop intricate designs, work with precision?
Discover how you compare with others who use numbers in their careers. Can you figure discounts, find the next number in a series, estimate possible solutions, read numerical charts and graphs?
Discover if you have the aptitude for helping others solve personal problems. Can you motivate others, advise, guide, or counsel them?
What Your Scores Tell You
CHOOSING YOUR CAREER: THE CAREER CLUSTERS
How to Find Your Career Cluster
Profit from Your Results
The 41 Career Clusters
LEARNING ABOUT YOUR CAREER: 1,100 CAREERS IDENTIFIED AND EXPLAINED
The Career Directory
YOUR CAREER QUEST IN CYBERIA
Ahead of the Times: Then and Now
Discover the Net and W3
Info Highway Hints
Career Sites on the Web
The Face of the Deep