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Bored of your job? Go do something completely different! (But...what?)

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Saturday 17 September 2022

In theory, your expected career path is clear. You go to school, choose a subject package and then a course of study that matches it. Then you go to work. You change employers a few times and finally you get to retire.

While this is still the pattern for many people, we are also increasingly seeing individuals decide to do something completely different. And why not? Because, why should you continue your whole life on a path that doesn't suit you? Just because you once, at far too young an age, had to make a career choice?

Something different

Take Sanne, who left accountancy to run an ice cream parlor, or the lawyer who became a professor, or the story of Levi Van Kempen. That last name might ring a bell, because Van Kempen became an actor after his debut with Kinderen voor Kinderen and performed roles in several series and movies. For example, he starred in "Onderweg naar Morgen" and "Gooische Vrouwen," and was co-presenter for The Voice of Holland.

His career sounds like a dream to many people, yet...Van Kempen had always had another dream. He wanted to be a pilot. Van Kempen decided to take flying lessons in the United States and obtained his license. In 2019, he was able to train with Transavia and "suddenly" he was a pilot. A job he is extremely happy with now.

Sometimes it is clear, sometimes not

For Van Kempen, it was clear from an early age that he wanted to be a pilot. But, what if it's not crystal clear to you? The idea that you have to keep doing your current job until you're 67 gives you nightmares, but you don't know which job will make you happy. Ideally, you would like to redo your high school career path all over again. Rest assured, you are not the only one with this problem.

A career test provides real answers

You can't go back to high school for a proper conversation with the dean. But what you can do is take an online career test. Do not opt for a free test, but instead for a holistic one that not only looks at your skills and competencies, but also at your personality and motives.

TestGroup developed, together with scientists and professionals in the field, the online career test "The Bridge Career". This professional career test at mbo/college/wo level uses artificial intelligence (AI) to answer important career questions.

The test is based on proven scientific test-theoretic techniques. It has been extensively tested and validated, so you can be confident that the results are correct.

Its popularity among experts underlines this: every day, more than 5,000 HR professionals use the test to survey together (in over 20 languages) 250,000 participants per year. That the test produces satisfied customers is evident from the figures it produces: 94% of customers recommend The Bridge Career.

The online career test is now also available for individuals.

The Bridge Career's online career test is the most comprehensive occupational choice/career test in the Netherlands, but is surprisingly priced more favorably than many competing tests.

No socially desirable answers

One of the weaknesses of many online tests is that the answers almost literally match what you filled out with the questions. In addition to this, many tests prove easy to steer in a specific direction. Socially-desirable answers can lead you to a new career path, but this is no more the right path for you than the one you were already following.

The Bridge Career Test uses advanced statistical techniques such as Normative-Ipsative Splits. This technique signals when you give (potentially) controlling answers. In addition, the algorithms read between the lines, giving the report more depth.

What can you do with the results?

The Bridge Career Test report follows two scientific career models, the RIASEC codes (Holland) and Schein's 8 career anchors. The first model tells you something about the type of work that suits you, while the second indicates how you want to deal with your work and what drives you.

The profile that emerges from the test is compared to more than 200 professions and studies at different educational levels. This allows you to immediately see which professions suit you (and which do not).

How do you take the online career test?

Order your career test from the order page and the test will be ready for you within 30 minutes. After that, it is up to you to decide where and when to take the career test. We recommend that you take it in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. The test takes about 35 minutes.

Thanks to smart algorithms, the report of your career test is available within a few minutes after you send the answers. That means that (in theory) you will have your results in your hands within an hour and a half after your order.

This is what our satisfied customers say about us

“For Young Group, the results of The Bridge Personality tests do not only provide insights into recruitment. They are also a guideline for the long term, both for the manager and for the development of the employee.”

Anne Huijgen

Young Group