Take The Money Confidante Quiz: Are You Ambitious or Indifferent When it Comes to Your Career?

Are you career minded or just killing time ‘till you can clock out and claim your paycheck? Take my career quiz below and find out!

1)   It’s lunchtime in the office and your boss approaches you to join him and a couple of other senior members of the team for lunch.  You:

a) Rack your brains for a convincing excuse…lunch with work people = major snoozefest! Lunch is your only time away from these people during the long working day, there’s no way you’re giving it up without a fight!

b) Accept the offer but spend most of the time texting your friends – after all this is your lunch hour you shouldn’t have to spend the whole time talking shop!  Oh well at least you got a free lunch out of it…

c) Gratefully agree to join them – this will be a great opportunity to bring up some of the ideas you’ve been working on!

d) Leap from your seat in excitement and thank your boss profusely for the invitation, then spend the entire lunch date agreeing with everything everyone says and insist on paying the check at the end of the meal.

2)   It’s time for the annual office Christmas party, the decorations are up, the hors d’oeuvres are laid out and everyone’s ready to celebrate.  You:

a) Knock back as much champagne as possible as fast as possible.  What? It’s free! Plus, you have a way better party to make it to next – surely an hour is long enough to designate to a work event…right?

b) Fully embrace the holiday spirit, forget you’re even with work people and initiate a karaoke competition…who wants to be Sonny to your Cher?

c) Take advantage of a social situation with your colleagues to mingle with everyone and really get to know them while keeping tabs on how many cocktails you’ve had – there’s really no need to feel tempted to break out your stellar impression of your boss tonight!

d) Remain at your desk until at least half way through the party, making sure that your boss notices your commitment to your work.  Then spend the rest of time following your boss about filling up her glass and offering her mini quiches.

3) Your boss has been going on about pitching a couple of new clients for months now.  Finally the big day has come and you’ve been asked to sit in on the pitch meeting. You:

a) Conveniently find you have a clashing meeting with another client you couldn’t possibly miss and duck out of the office, leaving a note explaining your whereabouts, just as the clients arrive – this desperate pitch is not something you want to witness!

b) Sit in on the meeting but contribute very little – still it’s been a productive afternoon for you, you’ve managed to compile your entire Christmas gift list while maintaining the façade of rigorous note taking!

c) Fully prep for the meeting by doing your background research on the clients before their arrival, then contribute where appropriate but dutifully allow your boss to take the lead.

d) Spend the morning before they arrive filling in the rest of your team on how you think the pitch should be presented, then be sure to take the lead during the meeting so as to fully get your points across.

4)   For a while now you’ve been feeling underwhelmed by your job and some days are just plain boring – you know you are capable of so much more!  You:

a) Get creative at work coming up with different personal challenges to whittle away the hours – no-one else in the office could watch an entire Rom Com at their desk without anyone noticing – long hair that covers your ears can come in so handy at times!

b) Get through the day by making endless cups of coffee and gazing at the cute guy across the office.  Surely if you perfect your daydream of the perfect career somebody will materialize and offer you it on a platter before long!

c) Talk to your boss and explain that you aren’t being challenged enough by your current position, while keeping your resume up-to-date and your eyes open for external opportunities in case there’s nothing more for you in your current company.

d) Indignantly point out to your boss you are being underused in your present position and inform her that if you aren’t promoted immediately you’ll take your sought after skills elsewhere – there’s bound to be plenty of companies just hoping you’ll show up so they can employ you!

5)   It’s Friday night and after a long week at work you finally escape the office around 7pm and hurry to catch up with some friends for a much needed drink.  However, you are just taking your first sip of Sauvignon Blanc when your boss calls you asking you to return to office.  You:

a) Quickly hand your phone to your friend and ask them to answer and tell your boss you’ve been involved in a sudden sky-diving accident and won’t be available until Monday at 9am…wait let’s make that 10am!

b) Drop your phone into your bag and pretend you never heard it, then repeatedly ignore your boss’ calls until he eventually gives up – you can easily deny all knowledge of his attempts at contact on Monday morning, citing the possibility of inaccurate dialing on his part!

c) Answer your phone and inquire as to the nature of his call.  On realizing it’s not an emergency politely explain to your boss that you’ve put in your hours for the week and are now unavailable unless it’s truly imperative that you, and you alone, deal with the situation.

d) Promptly answer the phone on your way out of the bar – you’ll be there in ten minutes no wait…make that five – you can definitely run in these heels!

Now that you’ve (honestly) answered the questions, find out what your behavior in the work place says about you…

If you answered:

Mostly As – Well you’re not about to win any ‘Employee of the Month’ competitions any time soon that’s for sure!  You are clearly unhappy in your job but unfortunately you’re unmotivated to do anything to change this.  If this job really is the only option for you, and you need it in order to survive then fair enough. However, if there’s even one other career you think could stimulate you a little more, you owe it to yourself to explore the possibility.  Who knows maybe you’ll find something you actually love, or at least don’t hate…

Mostly Bs – Ok you’re clearly in the wrong job!  If you put half as much time into pursuing what you actually want to do as you do finding creative ways to avoid working, you’d probably be happily employed elsewhere by now.  You are definitely living for the weekend at the moment but need to realize this doesn’t always have to be the case.  Call me crazy, but I believe there are people out there who actually enjoy their work!  So put some of that exuberant energy into finding out what it is you really love to do, then tackle it head on and watch as the death sentence that is your Monday morning alarm clock becomes a thing of the past.

Mostly Cs – Good job!  Your assertive nature and go get ‘em attitude will see you climbing that career ladder with ease.  Your ability to properly assess and address any given situation is a real asset.  Being confident in your abilities and ideas allows your boss to fully appreciate your potential, but you are careful to maintain a healthy balance in your life, realizing that your work cannot be your whole world.  Keep it up!

Mostly Ds – Hmmm, certainly nobody can accuse you of lacking drive! However, your constant brown-nosing and conceited attitude will most definitely rub people up the wrong way, especially if it is unfounded!  Try not to be quite so overbearing.  By all means work hard but keep in mind that there’s more to life than just work.  Also there’s no need to play lackey to your boss – let your work speak for itself and the rest will happen naturally.

Which category did you find yourself in?  Let me know in the comments section below.

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