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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Color Me a Career

I discovered the Color Career Counselor the other day and thought it was so cool. Figure out the career you're best suited to by picking favorite colors. So I tried it. Amazingly, the results were perfectly right.

I still have a 'real job' and everyone always asks why I don't just write. The thing is, I love to write but I can't imagine just writing. I love spreadsheets and figuring out how to sell products to customers and learning what customers want to buy and I love client meetings (I'm in marketing).

So when the results said that I am a Creator (Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional) suited to a career such as.....wait...author, it was right on.

But it also said I am an organizer (Self-Control, Practical, Self-Contained, Orderly, Systematic, Precise, and Accurate) who would enjoy writing business reports and making charts and graphs.

It sounds like the two different career paths are diametrically opposed to one another, which is how I feel all the time. I love wearing a suit and running a meeting and I love sitting in a big chair in sweatpants and a t-shirt and writing by myself. I love making up stories and not knowing where they'll take me and I love being able to figure out problems that have concrete answers.
The summer after I graduated from college I was out with a friend and she asked me what I wanted to do. I told her write. She said, "You can't just sit in a room by yourself all day and write." And she was right. I can't. But I can do it half the time and still have a lot of fun.
So what do the colors tell you? Take the quiz and see what you're meant to do.


Jennifer Echols said...

Lo and behold, I'm a Creator too. But my secondary career is Social Manager: "Tactful, Cooperative, Generous, Understanding, Insightful, Friendly, and Cheerful." Wha??? This does not sound like me at all, but maybe I'm just having a bad morning. I guess I do do a lot of social managing, running blogs. :)

Thanks for this cool link!

Kelly Parra said...

I'm a creator, and second as social manager too!

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

I'm a creator first and a persuader second. I guess I do persuade people to buy drinks while bartending and I do like to debate...