Host: Jim Hughes, Christian Life Coach
Probably the most often used career interest tool is the Self-Directed Search developed by Holland. You probably took one in high school or college. In working with career change clients, I find that most people remember taking it, but often didn't learn much about themselves in the process because they only looked at the specific careers it pointed to rather than what it tells you about what kinds of things you like and don't like. I think the real value of the tool is what it tells you about yourself -- and how that can guide you into finding a career that is satisfying and fulfilling. It can do the same thing for someone choosing an area of service or ministry.
The research behind the tool indicates that each of us identify most strongly with three of the six "types." Click here to find a short description of the types.
You can take the Self-Directed Search online at a cost of $10. You can get the same result by doing the Party Exercise in What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles. In fact, you may be able to learn just as much by studying the six type descriptions on the previous link and choosing which are most like you.
The point is, if you prefer working alone on rather analytical things, you will be most effective and fulfilled serving in areas requiring primarily that type of work. Conversely, if you prefer large groups working together on creative ventures, you will be most effective serving in areas that have that environment.
Part of the glory of how God made us is that he made each of us different. He gave us different likes and dislikes, different skills and abilities, and different experiences for a purpose. That is so that there are people equipped to do everything that God would like to see done in his Kingdom. What kinds of service has God equipped you for? What you like gives you great insight!
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