Believe it or not, some workplaces are now subjecting potential employees to on-line personality tests. Before your soon-to-be-boss discovers the real you, take the time to find out yourself if you're in the right field.
Serving as the online home for virtual quizzes, www.davideck.com has a wealth of personality, career, and fun tests. Test your IQ or your entrepreneur skills, but before leaving the site, every engineer must determine if she truly fits the stereotype. The Nerd Purity Test determines your percentage of nerdiness by asking a wide range of questions from "Have you ever worn a calculator?" to "Do you know the Latin name for the fruit fly?"
At www.emode.com, you can choose from a list of personality and career-related tests to determine if you're spending your 9-to-5 weekdays in the most compatible environment. Weed through the "What breed of dog are you?" and "Who's your TV family?" quizzes and you'll find the career tests that matter. Well worth the 10 minutes away from your possibly poorly matched job, the Career Makeover asks 65 multiple choice question. According to the test, my "detective" nature would serve me well working as a mathematician or FBI agent, or troubleshooting for NASA. Not bad for a 29% nerd.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
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