Normally it is cranky old people (and yes, increasingly I seem to fall into this category) who need to worry about what they can no longer see - not the young.

I still remember the moment when I realised there was something seriously wrong with my Dad’s eyesight. He was driving, I was in the front passenger seat, and I came within a few inches of catching a faceful of steel pipe, sticking out of the back of a parked truck.

“Woah, Dad, that was a bit close!”

“What was?” he asked.

Sure enough, he was starting to suffer from macular degeneration; within months he could no longer see large objects right in front of him.

But what has this got to do with you?

Well, the truth is there are probably some significant blind spots which could come into play for you as you head into the marketplace. We can’t make them go away; but you can achieve a lot if you know they are there.

If you can bear another driving metaphor, it is kind of like the blind spot where your mirrors and your peripheral vision don’t meet. You may think you are alone on the road if you rely on what your mirrors and direct field of view tell you; but turn your head and you might be surprised by what could be hiding there.

It is the same with life and work: if you know you have a blind spot, you can check it regularly. But if you ignore the possibility, you may find yourself getting into an accident…

Thankfully your hoozyu report gives you accurate data on where your blind spots are likely to be.

To find this data, we’re going to look at the Raw Data tab and focus on the scores for:

  • Interests
  • Career Titles

And if you really want to be sure:

  • Career Families

The reason you need to look at the Raw Data tab, is that you need to see what’s at the bottom of the list, not the top. On all three of these lists, you are looking for scores of 10 and below. (You might want to take note of the scores up to 20, if you can handle that much information, but start with 10.)

What your Interest scores of 10 and below tell you is “these are things I don’t care about enough to bother with” - which may in turn be based on “I don’t even understand why this would matter”.

The Career Title (and Career Family scores) are drawing on a much wider catchment of data: so what your really low scores here are telling you is this: “in these areas I appear to lack either the interest or the perspective that makes for success and enjoyment in this role”.

Now hopefully you weren’t thinking of building a life on one of your low career matches. But even if you were, we are not saying you shouldn’t - just that you are going to be extremely atypical for success and satisfaction in the role.

What we are saying, is that by understanding which of these roles you appear farthest from, you can start to build an image of the gaps in your own interest and perspective - and which areas of importance you may be likely to underestimate.

As your driving instructor will tell you - to survive and thrive on the drive: always check your blind spots.

If you are in tertiary education or are already working, we strongly suggest you take a look at our more in-depth post on blind spots over on the Explain Yourself blog