Our next event, on Monday, will deal with the important subject of how to identify your skills and interests. It's the first in a three-part series called Do the Right Thing (thanks for the inspiration, Spike Lee). You can come to one or all of the workshops to explore how to find or create the job that's right for you. In the meantime, or for those who you can't make it, we've compiled a few of the most useful online tests to help you work out your skills. Try one or two out and see what you find out. (Naturally we'd love to hear if you found any of these tests useful – use the comments box below to let us know.)
Many Royal College of Art students and graduates are already aware of their talents in a creative or academic area. But it can sometimes be hard to work out how that will eventually translate into a job, whether that's working for someone else or for yourself. Some of you will be planning to continue your own creative practices independently for the foreseeable future, but you might also need other kinds of paid work to support that. Taking a close look at the skills you already have will help you find out how to turn those skills into whatever form of career fits you.
University of Kent Careers service skills test
Rate 32 statements on aptitudes (from "I find it easy to express my ideas in writing" to "People often look to me for leadership") in terms of how much they apply to you, then get a numerical breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses. You might already have a rough idea, but this will help clarify how your skills relate to each other.
Perhaps not every question will apply to RCA students and alumni, but this document from the skills council for the creative media sector helps you make an in-depth assessment of your learning style and the skills you've already picked up. Print it out and go through it if you want to update your CV or just to see your skills history in a new light.
This famous Jungian personality test attracts a cult following for whom it is a bit like astrology - a source of near-mystical insights into why people behave the way they do. However, it also has a respectable heritage as a career aptitude test and, especially in the US, is taken quite seriously by many employers. Either way, it's a fun exercise, with some disconcertingly accurate insights that could help you get your skills in focus.