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  • Posted July 9, 2009

    Interesting, but incomplete.

    I bought this book hoping it would help me clarify some work-related issues. I had been thinking about changing jobs/careers, but did not know what to change to. To my surprise, I scored extremely high on everything. I was "very superior" on every test except the mechanical, on which I was merely "superior". Nothing in this book suggests that it is even possible for someone to have 5 or six strengths; it is assumed that you can have no more than about three. The logical conclusion from my test scores would be that I should be good at everything. The problem is, nobody is really good at everything.

    I was truly shocked that I scored so high on the social test, as I am NOT a people person and fully expected to score rather poorly. Reviewing the results, I realized that I had scored well because I knew what the expected answers were to the presented hypothetical situations. In other words, when presented with a finite set of choices on paper, I could choose the "best" one. There is, however, a vast difference between knowing the right thing to do in a hypothetical situation described in a paper and pencil test taken in the comfort of one's own home and actually doing it in a real life situation. There is also a difference between being able to choose the right answer from among several options (a "closed" set of choices) and discerning it on one's own with no assitance (an "open" situation).

    This book also does not address the difference between being good at something and actually liking to do it. It seems to assume that if you have the aptitude for some particular job, you will be happy doing it. I can attest that it is possible to be very skilled at a job, and to be able to do it very well, without enjoying it one bit. If you find yourself in a job which you do very well, but hate doing, you are not likely to get much satisfaction from you job.

    I think the best use for this book would be for young people who may not know what their partilar aptitudes are. It could help them identify possible jobs to investigate, if used as one tool among many.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE

    I bought my first copy in the late 1980's and it changed the career course of my life. I now buy copies to give out to friends and family who are unsure as to what to do or are not happy in their current job. This book changed my life as now I have been a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse for 15 years. This book indicated I would be best as a nurse and my weaknesses were in business and mechanical. At the time I bought the book, I was selling (business) cars (mechanical). I quit my job, enrolled in nursing school. Graduated with a 4 year degree and moved to Florida. I love what I'm doing and make great money doing it. More importantly, it's easier to have a job that's rewarding because it's what you do best. Confused, frustrated? This book is the best kept secret in job searching. End the confusion and frustration now. Take the tests before spending years pursuing a degree you'll never use or at a job where you can never succeed. I also spent thousands of dollars with a career counselor and didn't learn anything more than what I discovered through this book. It's the best $15.00 you'll ever spend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    A Great Guide for Confused Career Seekers

    After 10+ years of higher education and four career changes, I decided it was time to narrow my focus and decide what type of career I would settle into. I picked up 'Discover What You're Best At' at the local Barnes and Noble and took the tests included in the book. I was surprised to find that my aptitudes were not necessarily what I had thought that they were. I had been pursuing careers that required abilities that I did not advance at. This discovery explained my unhappiness and restlessness in my former career. I was trying to be someone that I was not. I have since competely changed my career to fit the abilities I have and could not be happier. Work is still work but now I enjoy the challenges I face and I am happy to see my successes when I solve the problems I deal with. This book is a great guide to help you find your abilities. It shows you your strong abilites and your not so strong abilities. After you are aware of your strong abilities, this book offers career suggestions based on your test results. The suggestions are for broad career area's, the rest is up to you. The idea is to take what you learn from this book and make a more informed career decision. That is what I did, and it worked for me. I recommend this book to anyone looking to decide on a career, or change their career. I would also recommend that the reader use this book, along with other career directing books, as a suggestive tool. You know more about your likes and dislikes than any book will tell you, this book will help you discover your abilities. The ultimate decision is up to you. This book will shed some light on your career potential.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    Your strengths

    Well... generally I prefer personality tests over aptitude tests because 'personality' is about YOUR style! How you approach life and work is a big question!..What kinds of work environment you like to work in? People you come into contact with on a daily basis? The the interest level of your work? Yes.. I bought this book and was shocked at the results..My strengths are in business and clerical skills. My weaknesses are in math, mechanical, and logical pursuits. Would I be happy as a postman doing clerical work?..NO...Would I be happy as a businessman?..NO..Would I be happy in any occupations involving business or clerical work at all...MAYBE...My interest and style lies in social and artistic settings..I scored very low on my social aptitude..and the book didnt bother to ACCESS my artistic aptitudes...which I know cant be tested because art is a talent rather then a 'know how'. I think you ought to do in life what makes you happy rather then what your good at...I know many miserable people doing something where there is no challenge in their work because they are bored and their work is easy and they are looking for a challenge! I did give it three stars because the book is practical for anyone interested in work where they have confidence knowing what they are good at. Todd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Confusing

    I found this book to only confuse me further. My results contradicted every other test I have taken regarding strengths and career options.

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