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.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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