Heather Harper

Heather Harper is the lead content manager for The Career Project. Her interests include organizational psychology and the impacts of variables upon workplace productivity and job satisfaction. Heather holds an MSc in Organisational Psychology from the University of Manchester, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Lincoln. While at the University of Manchester, she completed her master's thesis which was entitled: "The variability of personality expression in response to situational cues and it’s relationship to job satisfaction". Heather is based in Cambridge, UK.

Which Career Aptitude Test Should I Take?

As we discussed in a recent post, career aptitude tests are tests that are designed to help you to identify your strengths, current skill set and, based on these, what career(s) you are most likely thrive in. They are excellent ways to help you narrow down a massive number of careers and find some that are well suited to you. So, which career aptitude test should you take? Well, in short: it depends on what you’re looking for. Firstly, it depends what you’re wanting to find. Are you looking to find multiple careers that suit your strengths? And then from …

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What is a Career Aptitude Test?

Career aptitude tests are becoming increasingly more common in recent years. They have many benefits and can aid us drastically in our search for the perfect career. What is a career aptitude test? A career aptitude test is an assessment that helps you to identify your strengths, current skill set and possible careers that best match to these strengths and skills. As aptitude means “the ability to do something well”, a career aptitude test should not just identify interests but also professional positions in which the test-taker would likely excel. While career aptitude tests match the test-taker to a specific …

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The 8 Most Popular Interview Questions (and how to answer them)

With the typical employer interviewing 6-10 candidates, who go through at least 2-3 rounds of interviews before receiving an offer, it is crucial to be prepared. In order to help you prepare, this post aims to summarize eight of the most popular interview questions, and how to answer them. Why it is important to be prepared… Theres no two ways about it: finding a job is tough. Getting through to the interview stage is a big achievement. But, it is nerve racking and sometimes stressful. Employers will fire many carefully planned questions at you, some which you won’t expect and …

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A Review of Cybrary

Cybrary is one of the worlds top cybersecurity and IT online development platforms. But, as the world gets more technology reliant, there is an increasing abundance of online learning platforms and the problem is knowing which one to chose from. But do not fear. I am here to make your life a little bit easier by writing an in-depth review of Cybrary. In fact, I’ll even give you a review of all of their reviews across the internet! Okay, let’s jump in. What is Cybrary? Founded in 2015, Cybrary is an award-winning online learning platform for those wanting to specifically …

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What is the DISC Assessment?

The DISC assessment is a personality model that is designed to measure an individual’s personality and behavioral style. More than most other personality tests, the DISC assessment was designed specifically to be used in the workplace. It is typically used to improve communication and performance within teams. In this post, we will get to know the DISC assessment a little better. Specifically, we will explore its history, its modern day use and what YOU can do next to kickstart your career search. History of The DISC Assessment The first glimpse of the DISC assessment appeared in 1928. William Moulton Marston, …

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The Rational Temperament

Characterized by independent problem solvers, ‘rationals’ is one of the four temperaments introduced by David Keirsey in his Keirsey Temperament Sorter.  Like each of Keirsey’s temperaments, the Rationals temperament is comprised of four of the 16 personality types (outlined below) and groups these types together based on behavior and actions. In this article, we will explore the similarities of the four rational types. We will also explore what makes each type different and discuss how this may impact career choices. Overview of the Rational Temperament The rational temperament is comprised of those with iNtuitive (N) and Thinking (T) preferences. Rationals make …

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The Guardian Temperament

The ‘guardian’ is one of the four temperaments in the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, which groups together personality types of the 16 personalities model based on behavior and action. Like each of the four of the temperaments, it is composed of four of the 16 personality types which share many similarities. In the case of guardians, each of the four types shares a sense of dutifulness, a strong work-ethic and a moral compass. In this article, we will explore each guardian type. We will explore what core characteristics make them similar, and what characteristics differentiate them. We’ll then apply this information …

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The Idealist Temperament

‘Idealist’ is one of the four temperaments introduced in Kiersey’s personality model. Characterized by those who are giving, trusting and spiritual, the idealist temperaments often demonstrate similar behaviors and, as result, look for similar things in a career. However, there are, of course, difference between each of the four idealist types too. In this article, we will explore the common characteristics shared by all four of the idealist types. We will then also explore how each idealist type behaves differently, and what this might mean for their career considerations. Overview of the Idealist Temperament The idealist temperament is comprised of …

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The Artisan Temperament

‘Artisan’ is one of the four temperaments introduced by David Keirsey in his Keirsey Temperament Sorter.  Like each of Keirsey’s temperaments, the Artisans is comprised of four of the 16 personality types (outlined below) and groups these types together based on behavior and actions. Like all of the temperaments, each of the four types share many core characteristics. In this article, we will explore the commonalities of the artisan types. We will also explore the different characteristics between each artisan type and discuss how this may impact career choices. Overview of the Artisan Temperament The artisan temperament is comprised of …

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What is the Keirsey Temperament Sorter?

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is a means of classifying personality types across four scales of behavior. The model was introduced by David Keirsey, and is based on the earlier work of Carl Jung and then later the additions of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.  It is designed to help us to understand ourselves, and others, a little better. In this article, we will first explore the history of the various related personality models that we collectively call the “16 Personality Types“. We will then look at each of Keirsey’s four temperaments, and how they impact career-fit and work-style. …

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