Today’s WSJ includes a retirement living section. It seems that some of the over-60 set can’t handle all that leisure and they need help figuring out what to do.
One woman sought help from a career counselor who administered the Strong Interest Inventory and the notorious Myers-Briggs. The WSJ article included helpful tips on taking the test: you can pay $100-$300 to work with a counselor and discuss results.
The article failed to note that Myers-Briggs has been largely discredited (despite widespread use). You might as well check in with a good astrologer.
Frankly, I can’t believe so many organizations (including universities) continue to use Myers-Briggs. See
Responding to some of this criticism, a person associated with a university says, ‘It is perception-based and is therefore subject to threats to validity…”
The Strong Interest Inventory may be a better test…but I remain skeptical. Before paying anybody to take tests, I would invest in a copy of Annie Paul’s excellent book, The Cult of Personality.
A while back I wrote an article about how people really change careers. Read it here.