Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Um, I guess I like ears.

So I went to the career centre to discuss the results of my assessments. Assessment in this case being another word for a whole bunch of silly tests which the employment councelor assures me are highly accurate. According to the aptitudes test I'm good at everything, which I'm pretty sure isn't true. I'm not sure how adding and multiplying fractions and defining vocabulary words could possibly be a good prediction of my potential to be a dancer, for example.

The next tests had to do with my motivation and passion for doing things. This has always been my problem. While I can pretty much do anything I feel like, I really don't feel like doing much of anything most of the time. Supposedly the results of these tests are compared against the results of people who are successful in certain careers. Based on this the trusty dusty computer came up with a bunch of careers that I might enjoy. My top three are (insert pause for dramatic effect):

Technical Writer

It was the audiologist that baffled me. Technical writer? Okay, I like writing. Librarian? Okay, I like books. Audiologist? Whadda? My interest in the human ear is casual at best. I looked up all three careers and found that they were all interesting enough (I suppose if they wouldn't interest me they wouldn't have shown up on the test), but all had some degree of ickiness.

Here are the pros and cons.

Technical Writer:
  • I like to write.
  • I get to work by myself a lot.
  • I get to learn stuff.


  • It's mostly freelance so I'd have to sell myself all the time.
  • I'd most likely be writing boring instruction manuals.
  • Probably harder to get into for someone with nil technical background.



  • I like tinkering with gadgets and hearing aids are gadgets.
  • As far as body parts go ears are fairly interesting.
  • I wouldn't have to take my work home with me.
  • More jobs will open up because all the baby boomers are getting old and deaf


  • I'd have to go back to school for 2 or 3 years to get a degree in it.
  • I'd spend a lot of time dealing with crotchety old people.



  • I like books.
  • I could learn a lot of new things while helping people look up stuff


  • I would have to go to school for another couple years to get a masters.
  • I'd spend a lot of time dealing with people.

So there you have it. My career problems are all but solved. All I have to do is pick one of these and go to school for a billion more years. I don't necessarily have a problem with that, but my bank account might.


Wes said...

An entry on wrote on my birthday? aww, you shouldn't have.

I just thought I would say hello - and you guys probably thought I forgot all about this website.

At any rate, I just got let go due to "restructuring", so I'm looking into my career choices too.

Amy and I both though you, Adam, Becca and Drew were a blast to hang out with at Justin's thing not too long ago. I hope to you guys find your way to k/w/guelph/whateva soon.

I won't leave this comment without also leaving a link - Deep Fried Turkey!


Superhappyjen said...

Happy birthday Wes (belated).

Well so far the poll is tied between librarian and audiologist. By the time I get established in either of these careers (especially audiology) my ovaries will have all dried up!

zydeco fish said...

I believe that the MLS degree is somewhat less rigorous than that required for the audiologist. Just remembner that most librarians feel that they are underpaid.

Superhappyjen said...

I think most professions that would even mildly interest me would be underpaid

~Becca~ said...

Hey Jen... Found a job for an Audiologist on workopolis... he he he


Job Type: Full Time
Location: Owen Sound, ON, CANADA;
Job Category: Medical, Therapy
Industry: Healthcare
Company URL: http://www.trilliumhr.com
Year(s) of Experience: 1
Number Of Positions: 1
Date Posted: Dec 13, 2005
Contact E-mail: hmaxwell@trilliumhr.com

Our client, a hearing clinic in Owen Sound, is currently seeking a full-time Audiologist.

This Centre is located in beautiful Owen Sound, just two hours North of Toronto. Conveniently located along the beautiful shoreline of Georgian Bay and surrounded by the Niagara escarpment, the area is full of year round activities for sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The Centre is multi-functional offering services including medical esthetics, laser clinic, facial plastic surgery, vein clinic, luminesse tooth whitening, as well as the Hearing Clinic and Audiology department. This clinic is located in a new modern facility operating 5 days a week, offering the latest state of the art equipment. The audiology department is supported by 10 dedicated knowledgeable employees. The Centre offers a pleasant work environment and is dedicated to the well being and happiness of its' clients and employees.

-You must be an Audiologist (CASLPO registered) with ADP authorizing and dispensing number
-Knowledge of WSIB, DVA and insurance process preferred

Excellent base salary plus bonuses as well as a full employee benefit package offered.

Please apply in confidence to:
Heather Maxwell
Manager, Executive Search
Trillium Human Resources
1-800-335-9668 #24

Superhappyjen said...

I don't suppose they'll wait for me to get a degree.

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