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Career Corner: Tests Than Can Help You Reinvent Your Career

Career Corner

If you wake up most mornings thinking that you would rather be doing anything other than your current job, then it may be time to do something about it.

Your skills and expertise as a chemical engineer are applicable to numerous engineering and STEM-related careers. For example, you could put your analytical and problem-solving skills to work in systems engineering or research and development. Alternatively, your engineering and scientific knowledge might be useful in consulting, academia, or patent law. You might also consider technical writing, government or defense contracting, or sales engineering.

With so many choices, you may find it difficult to clarify which direction to pursue. Consider taking a career test, which can help you evaluate different work environments and find a position where you can be happy and successful.

“Career tests are a good way to uncover strengths or skills you didn’t know you had,” says Sandra Marshall, business psychologist and partner at Henson Consulting International (Somerset, NJ). “These assessments can help you get to know yourself better and figure out what other careers, maybe ones you were not aware of, would be good matches for you.”

Which assessment you should take — and there are many available — depends on what you are seeking to change in your career. Each uses a different methodology to assess your skills,...

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