On Thursday evening, we hosted a presentation on publishing for The Fresh Air Fund’s job shadowing program. Fresh Air is an amazing organization founded in 1877 with the simple intention to give inner city kids the experience of “fresh air”–at summer camps far from the streets of New York. Since then, it has become more like a family, offering children and their parents all kinds of educational resources throughout the year, and closely monitoring kids to ensure they stay on course to graduate college.
As part of the presentation, we created the short quiz below to discover which job in publishing was best suited to their personality traits. Take it yourself, or share it with young people curious about publishing careers, and tell us below the post how accurate you found your results.
What Job in Publishing is Right for You?
Choose just one answer for every question.
Choose the best quality combination to describe your personality from those below:
When you were little you wanted to be or were most drawn to the careers of:
- Teachers or doctors
- Lawyers or CEOs
- Singers or Actors
You often find yourself:
- In your own world: observing people and imagining their lives
- Reading and helping friends with their schoolwork
- Socializing with other people, where you are often the storyteller of the group
- Browsing the internet, watching television and movies, communicating with friends
What interests you most in a career is:
- To leave something important behind for generations to come–a legacy
- To help others
- Learning about business and making money
- Working in a fun, fast-paced, social environment
You feel happy and stimulated when:
- Expressing yourself
- Giving feedback to others
- Helping others solve problems
- Positive feedback and rewards
You feel [fill in the blank] way about money:
- It doesn’t really interest you beyond the minimum you need to live your life
- You’d like to make a good living
- Making money is very important
- It’s more important to have a fun and fulfilling job than to make money
You feel [fill in the blank] about rejection:
- It hurts, but it won’t ever stop you from putting yourself out there.
- You find you’re able to make a rejection when necessary in a polite way.
- You can deal with it.
- It’s the worst thing ever.
It doesn’t bother you to:
- Be alone for hours in the day
- Do detail oriented work. You like the feeling of progress!
- Discuss or deal with money
- Talk to strangers. You can always find things in common with people!
Mostly 1’s? Your personality is well-suited to be a writer.
You are imaginative, creative, like to observe others, and are happy being in your own world—which is essential for all the hours you’ll need to spend writing if you have a career as an author!
Mostly 2’s? You could be a book editor!
You really thrive helping others (as you would be helping writers), and you have a natural strength for long, detail-oriented work, which will be necessary for all the manuscripts you’ll be editing.
Mostly 3’s? The best role for you in the publishing industry could be as a literary agent.
Like editors, you enjoy helping people, and like publicists, you are social creatures, but your passion for business differentiates you from the rest of the pack.
Mostly 4’s? Book publicity would be a great career for you.
You love people, entertainment, and pop culture and are always in the know about news and trends. Working in a fast-paced environment and booking media for authors will bring you joy and immediate satisfaction.