While it feels like I have no business taking time out this week to blog, with all the grading I have to do, I committed to blogging once a week for this academic year, and I've pushed through some tough Mondays this fall. Today is going to be my last blog till the new year, and I've come too far to give up now.
I had planned to use this final fall blog to write a bit about what I learned from my blogging journey. But over the weekend, I took this really interesting career test and wanted to share that with you instead. Since one of the things I learned about blogging is that one of the benefits is that I can write about whatever I want, I'm going to do just that.
Discovering My Sparketype
I know that people have mixed feelings about career tests. I get it. For the record, I will take any and all career or personality tests that cross my path. I love them. That said, some are definitely more informative than others, and I don't think any one test can ever tell you who you are. I see them as valuable information and a bit of fun.
I've taken a lot of career tests in my life. A lot. And it might be the timing of this one, but honestly, the Sparketype assessment from The Good Life Project was the most inspiring, useful, YOU TOTALLY GET ME test I've ever taken. This is not a sponsored post or anything like that. It's really good, y'all.
I'm a Maven-Scientist.
Your primary Sparketype is your thing. It's the thing you have to do. It's the thing you can't NOT do. My primary Sparketype is the Maven. Mavens are here to learn. I am so maven! What struck me about this is that while Mavens might end of sharing what they learn or helping others with their knowledge, that's not what it's about for Mavens. For us, learning is intrinsically valuable. This is so me! One of the things that struck me is that the creator of the Sparketype said that if you have amassed a number of degrees or certificates, odds are, you're a Maven.
In addition to our primary Sparketype, we each have a shadow Sparketype. This often shows up as things we're really good at, but it's not what really drives our behavior. Instead, the shadow Sparketype is meant to serve our primary Sparketype. My shadow Sparketype is the Scientist.
Scientists like to solve problems and puzzles. For me, that need to figure things out is in service of my drive to learn.
After I took the test (which is free), it gave me an offer to purchase a "mastery guide" for $20. Now usually I don't do that kind of thing, but something nudged me forward. I printed out the 100-page guide over the weekend, and read through the entire thing in one sitting. What I love about it is that no one needs to blow up their life; instead, we are nudged to look for small but significant ways to integrate our primary Sparketype into our work. In short, we can express our Sparketypes in ANY job, if we start small and build those habits into our daily lives.
There's so much more to it, and I've got a lot to reflect on, but I really wanted to share with all of you in case this might give you the kind of clarity that it's given me. I've been thinking a lot lately about the role that higher education plays in helping students to not only earn a degree and gain access to a stable career, but to also help students identify their purpose and make meaning of their lives. I think this test is going to really give me a foundation for that exploration and research. As a maven, I love research.
Back to grading, but if you do take this test, let me know your Sparketype. I'm super curious to LEARN more about you. :)
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