Illustration of knight on horse in front of castleI just ran across this fun, little test last month for determining your medieval vocation, and consequently how that relates to your work today. It was created in 1990 by vocational psychologist Richard Silvano, and became an online test in 1996. There are 12 medieval characters symbolizing vocation types:

  • Bishop
  • Benevolent Ruler
  • Shepherd
  • Black Knight
  • Scientist
  • Discoverer
  • Merchant
  • Prime Minister
  • Engineer-Builder
  • Dreamer-Minstrel
  • White Knight
  • Doctor

Why medieval European “types”? Times were simpler then, there were fewer occupations than nowadays, and people were identified by their occupation. The successful matching of a person’s personality to the requirements of the job was necessary to the kingdom’s survival. Successful kingdoms were able to incorporate the various vocations into a fully functioning society. Still today, it’s necessary for the success of corporate “kingdoms” to find the right people for each job.

Take the quiz online here and find out who you might have been in medieval times: