What State Matches Your Career and Life Ambitions?

By: Zoe Samuel

What State Matches Your Career and Life Ambitions?
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About This Quiz

A person's home is their castle. It is often the biggest investment one makes in life. It's a statement of priorities, professional success, and the values one places in one's community. When one imagines buying a house, one often thinks of whether one should buy in a city or a suburb, a religious community or a secular one, a place surrounded by nature, or a place steeped in culture. These concerns are all valid, but there's the much bigger question of what place will jive best with one's career choices. After all, if you want to run a hot tech startup, Pensacola may not be the ideal place to start it up, and Philly may not be the place for the avid skier.

With such a complex choice ahead of you, you quite rightly came to us. We have come up with a way to synthesize an answer to what state you should call home. We will use your career choices and needs, your preferred way of life, and your values to determine which state best matches your overall lifestyle. Be honest with us, but most of all, be honest with yourself. To find a true answer, you need to provide true facts. Take our quiz, and find out where you should live!

How much of your business is built around networking?
All of it
Very little
None of it
Some of it

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In what outdoor activity would you like to take part?
Surfing
Walks in the park
Riding
Bicycling

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How much education did it take to do what you do?
More than average
Multiple master's degrees, etc.
Not much
About the average

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How often do you see yourself traveling to Europe?
Never
Every once in a while
Rarely
Frequently

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How respected is your profession?
Somewhat respected.
Very respected, but not envied
Very envied, and somewhat respected
Not respected, but very envied

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To what type of live music do you like to listen?
Pop
Classical
Country
Hip-hop

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How much of your profession deals with maximizing the bottom line?
A lot of it. I mean, it's a job.
None of it. I'm pure.
All of it. It's the whole point.
Most of it, at least within certain expectations

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How much face time do you need with people from your business?
Not much, but it's got to happen regularly.
I only do face time.
None. If it's important, they can come to me.
I'm all face time all the time, unless the other party can't make it, logistically speaking.

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How difficult is it to get trained in your field?
You just need to get into the right college program.
You just need to be a super genius and get into all the right schools and the right classes.
You just need to pay attention and learn the rules, which doesn't require any college, but college doesn't hurt.
You need to go to the right school and make the right friends there.

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How much time do you spend working on your own?
About half of my time
About a third of my time
All of my time
Almost 80 percent of my time

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In what time zone is your industry centered?
Pacific time
It isn't.
Mountain Time
Eastern Time

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How much of your job deals purely with data analysis?
About 10 percent
About 95 percent
About 50 percent
About 70 percent

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How much is business success in your field dictated by nepotism?
I'll confess... a bit.
In theory, none. In practice, some.
All of it
About half of it

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How much do you care about your personal income getting taxed?
I want good infrastructure, so I pay.
I don't mind. It's my civic duty to pay taxes.
Taxes are theft. I don't want any.
I don't mind, as long as I get value for money.

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How important is it that you be surrounded by a vibrant, creative atmosphere, regardless of your business?
That's the most important thing.
As long as I'm surrounded by young people, I'm happy.
Not at all
Only during the workday

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What professional sport do you follow?
Soccer
Baseball
Football
Marathon running

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How much of your work is creative work?
A lot of it
None of it
About half of it
Very little of it

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How much of your work is zero sum game?
None! Who lives like that?
A lot. Publish or perish.
All of it. Are you kidding? It's dog eat dog.
I think we can all build a bigger pie.

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Do you plan on raising a family?
I don't know. If I do, they have to be perfect.
Sure, modestly
I'm done with that.
Sure, and I want them to have the best of all worlds.

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How often do you see yourself traveling to Asia?
Frequently
Rarely
Every once in a while
Never

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What's the most important thing to you, for the purpose of raising kids?
Exposure to many cultures
Being around smart, accomplished people
Spending time outside
A good, safe school district

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What sport would you prefer your kids play?
E-sport
Chess
Football
Baseball

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What kind of movies do you like to watch?
All sorts
Documentaries
Blockbusters
Small independent films

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How much do you plan on going to see plays and musicals?
Occasionally
Rarely
Never
Frequently

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How often do you plan to travel just in the USA?
Some of the time, for business mostly
I don't plan on traveling much at all.
All the time
Occasionally, for vacations mostly

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How long of a commute are you looking for?
Above average
Very short
No commute
Really long

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What sort of pets would you like to keep?
Cats
None
Horses
Dogs

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Do you want your kids to go to college close to where you live?
That would be nice, but I don't mind if they moved away.
Yes, of course, I​ mind.
No, I want them to get a change of scenery.
No, but if they're only a short flight away, that would be nice.

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In what sports would you personally want to take part in?
Soccer
Snowboarding
Hunting
Softball

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How much more networking do you have to do to get where you want to go?
Loads
Maybe a little
None
Plenty

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