The Library Science program I’m in (at San Jose State Univ.) has a career guidance site that includes a recommendation to take the Eureka self-assessment to learn more about your “interests, skills, and personality characteristics.” Like all such instruments, it can only tell you what you already know at some level, but who doesn’t enjoy being categorized by a quiz?
Here is what I learned from Eureka about myself:
- Personality: “You are a natural leader.”
- Learning style: Logical/independent.
- Most important values: Education, independence, integrity, accomplishment, and health.
- Least important values: Money/wealth, recognition, security, family, and belonging.
The first one made me reflect for a little while. I don’t think of myself as a leader, and certainly not a “natural” one (“natural” to me implies something that comes with ease). If anything, I’m a reluctant leader. And yet there’s something that drives me to step in when leading (or organizing) needs doing. Maybe that’s what they meant. If only I had more charisma and less cynicism, I could go into politics :)
Their longer description of this characterization did resonate with me:
“You respect competence and intellectual abilities both in yourself and in others. You may want to understand and control the realities of life, and are on the lookout for new projects, new activities and new procedures. You are usually the driving force behind any organization or activity in which you participate.”
“You tend to lose interest once the work is no longer challenging.”
The second statement is that I am a logical/independent learner. Their text includes this gem: “If you are a logical learner, you may like using your brain for logical and mathematical reasoning.” I enjoyed this characterization:
You may use phrases like these:
- That’s logical.
- Let’s make a list.
- Follow the process, procedures or rules.
- We can work it out.
- There’s no pattern to this.
- Prove it!
Those are all very familiar!
Another great quote: “Out of order issues, materials or people may cause you stress.”
The summary of my values pretty much nails them, except that I’d place family higher. (The questions about family all were phrased as family you live with, which I don’t.)
The site also encourages you to discuss these results with those who know you to gain additional perspective. If you agree/disagree with these items, feel free to comment!