What do I want?

Discover your interests

What do I want? In relation to work, the answer to this question tells you what you want to be. You could also say this question measures what your interests are, which jobs appeal to you. A career test is therefore also referred to as an interest test.

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What do I want to be?

Regardless of your age, it can be very relevant to occasionally wonder what you want to be. Young kids can be whatever they want. They can dream of a life as a professional football player, vet or teacher. As children get older, some professions will become less attainable. For example, because a child doesn't have the right competencies or chose a certain educational path. Still, the question of what you want to be is very relevant. A job that appeals to you, says something about your interests. For instance, if you always wanted to be a doctor but this is out of reach, you can still find a job where you could help or take care of others. For instance as a nanny, employee in the hotel industry or tourism, or as an assistant at a pharmacy.

It can also be very relevant to ask yourself what you want to be when you're no longer a child. Especially when you've done certain work for a long time and you're forced to look for another job. First ask yourself what you'd want to be if anything were possible. Don't consider your competencies or the required education. Subsequently determine whether there are jobs that might be possible after intensive training or study. But even if you only dream of jobs that are outside your reach, you can still learn from your career choice. What are the characteristics of your dream jobs? For instance, are these jobs with a certain status, that require working with your hands, that require independence or creativity? A good career test gives you insight into why you are interested in certain jobs and also offers suggestions for jobs that match your level of education.

Difference between interests, personality and competencies

You can map your interests by answering the question: 'what do I want?' Your personality can be answered with the question: 'who am I?' And your strengths can be mapped with the question: 'what are my skills?' Chances are that people who'd like to be artists (interest), are creative (personality) and skilled at painting, photography or drawing (competency). But this certainly isn't always the case. Is this a problem or can you do something about it? No, many competencies can be learned and the better you know yourself, the more you are able to get the best out of yourself. For instance, if you like design (interest) but aren't naturally creative or don't have many original ideas (personality), but are a competent painter (competency), you can also do work on assignment.

Choose work you’re interested in

A good career choice starts by proper self-analysis. Be honest to yourself. Don't strive for a job that's out of reach, but certainly don't choose work you're not interested in or that doesn't match your personality. This will only make you unhappy. Start by making a career test and discover which jobs interests you.