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I am really not good at anything. The only thing people would call me good at is playing video games. But I'm tried of that and want to have a real skill that will help me pursue a career in life. I like to get into Photoshop and Sony Vegas, but I can't afford them. I tried GIMP, but the majority of people I asked said GIMP is nothing compared to Photoshop and is useless to learn unless your going to do basic things. I might try programming again, but it didn't interest me a whole lot to keep going at it. Is there some kind of test that will show me my skills and talents so I can stop wasting my time playing videos games and get on with my life? Any advice is welcomed. Thank you.

asked Aug 25 '10 at 19:22

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Luke oX

edited Aug 25 '10 at 19:37

Gimp isnt any photoshop..but its still got lots of features..if you want to get into that kind of stuff..GIMp is a great way to start.

(Aug 25 '10 at 19:25) SJP SJP's gravatar image

Have to agree with SLP I have heard good things about it and it doesn't cost like $400 and let's face it you have to start some where. =P

(Aug 25 '10 at 19:30) sulljason sulljason's gravatar image

I forgot what it's called, but visit your Guidance Councelor at your school. They have a test that points you in the right direction. They can advise which University Classes you'll need to reach your goal.

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Do what you love to do, and the money will follow!

answered Aug 25 '10 at 19:30

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edited Aug 25 '10 at 19:36

Money isn't following my gaming addiction...

(Aug 25 '10 at 19:57) Luke oX Luke%20oX's gravatar image

It will if you start reviewing them, maybe write some articles for a gaming magazine?

(Aug 25 '10 at 20:00) markd12 markd12's gravatar image

Go into the Video Game Industry. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft ...

(Aug 25 '10 at 20:00) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

Take a Meyers-Briggs Personality Typestyle Inventory (MBTI). I know some employers who won't hire someone without using this test to find out what they're best at.

answered Aug 25 '10 at 22:39

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Excellent suggestion. The Fortune 200 company I used to work for (and that my spouse still works at) uses it, or at least the departments I worked in use it. It was cool on my first day on the job to meet others on the team who had the same MBTI code I do (I'm an ISTJ.)

(Aug 25 '10 at 22:49) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

It also makes it a lot easier to understand people who DON'T have your typestyle. Our company had everyone tested a couple of years ago. I printed out the results and keep it in my wallet. When I get irritated with someone, I take a deep breath, pull out that sheet, and think, "Oh, of course he reacted that way! He's just being an SJ!"

(Aug 26 '10 at 22:46) CoderLass CoderLass's gravatar image

The MBTI does not help someone find out what they are good at. For that you need the Strong Interest Inventory or an aptitude test. There is a lot of literature out there that shows what the various MBTI types tend to pursue. You probably won't find too many INTJs in human resources, for example, and you probably won't find too many ENFPs in computing. There are no hard and fast rules. The MBTI measures preferences only.

(Aug 29 '10 at 19:33) infosynth infosynth's gravatar image

The only conclusive way to be sure is to try doing everything and look at the results.

answered Aug 25 '10 at 20:03

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I highly recommend the aptitude test given by the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation. I took it and it has really put in perspective for me what my natural strengths and weaknesses are. They test you purely on your basic natural abilities (including things like number memory, finger dexterity, memory of new words, pitch discrimination, structural visualization, etc.). They look at your natural strengths and weaknesses and give you suggestions of jobs you will probably be good at, while still respecting your personal interests.


They have testing centers round the country. I hope this helps!

answered Aug 25 '10 at 23:56

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Eh, sad to say I don't think so because that would have to be a VERY broad test. A very long one as well if it were even possible. I guess try different things and eventually you will find a thing that you are just hooked to. My problem is I am not interested in a broad enough range of things so I get bored and I don't have very many outlets for my geeky and nerdieness so that makes me bored too. XD So I am bored often. And you might want to read over your questions before you post them lockergnome does have a built in spell checker (well it tells you when something is spelled wrong) but it doesn't check grammar. Good luck with your future interests what ever they might be!

answered Aug 25 '10 at 19:29

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Talk to your school's guidance counselor -- that's their job -- helping you discover your talents and interests and how you can leverage them into a career.

answered Aug 25 '10 at 19:39

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Really this is news to me may be I should go talk to mine... (not being sarcastic) I always thought they just helped you "on the college path" and were in charge of your schedule.

(Aug 25 '10 at 19:46) sulljason sulljason's gravatar image

Well, when I was in high school (and college/university, too) that's definitely one of the main parts of their job description. They even administered a test that, once you completed it, produced a bunch of codes that corresponded to your various strength and interest areas. I distinctly remember computer programmer being one of the results when I took the test myself, and that's in fact what I went on to do professionally (among other things.)

(Aug 25 '10 at 19:55) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

Oh I am so taking that test. But should only value it for what it is a test =P Thank for the info! =D

(Aug 25 '10 at 20:01) sulljason sulljason's gravatar image

Maybe you could try a rorschach test? (never mind, that's only for people that want to prove if they are sane or not)

answered Aug 25 '10 at 22:53

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Video games, masturbation, & beer. My pops always told me that's all I'd ever be good at & I've embraced those wise words & I'm an expert in all three :) Slow down, listen to your heart & words inside you, have some patience & pray, & your passion in life will have the opportunity to find you. Cheers, Phil

answered Aug 29 '10 at 02:49

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