Personality and Career

Personality preferences do impact how we go about our daily business.  One of the most used personality assessments is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® or MBTI®.  Personality type does not limit what a person can do as any type can do any job.  It can only show where your comfort level may be and what activities you may enjoy more than others.  For this reason, it cannot be used as a recruitment tool.

With the Myers-Briggs® your assessment will show a four-letter type.  The certified person administering the assessment will debrief the results with you to determine the validity.  Your four-letter type will show you to be;

Extraversion (E)                or           Introversion (I)

Sensing (S)                         or           Intuitive (N)

Thinking (T)                       or           Feeling (F)

Judging (J)                          or           Perceiving (P)

In looking for a career, these are some general guidelines.

If you are an Extravert;

  • Look for work with a lot of interaction and people contact; Sales, marketing, personal services, public relations, hospitality, entertainment.

If you are an Introvert;

  • Look for work where ideas are important; Teaching, accounting, computers, engineering, scientific fields, medicine, research and development.

If you are Sensing;

  • Look for work where details and procedures are important; Administration, building and trades, law enforcement, navigation, nursing, public service.

If you are Intuitive;

  • Look for work where communication or theory are involved; Counselling, journalism, teaching, writing, religion, research or law, or where long-range planning, business or policy development are involved.

If you are Thinking;

  • Look for work where logic and problem-solving is important; Skilled trades and crafts, science and technology, computer science, engineering, management, law, police and criminal justice work.

If you are Feeling;

  • Look for work in fields where people and values are important; Teaching, health care, office and clerical work, personal and human services, communication, artistic fields, health services, counselling and the ministry.

If you are Judging;

  • Look for work in settings where plans and systems are involved; Management, finance, building and trades, order and deadlines are important and where they can assume responsibility.

If you are Perceiving;

  • Look for work where there is change, not routine; Artistic fields, counselling, entertainment, psychology, journalism, child care, research.

As I mentioned, these are generalities and show where comfort levels may be.  It does not define who you are as an individual but is one more tool for the tool-box when you are looking for a career fit.

While comfort is important, we must remember that growth only occurs when one is outside of their comfort zone!

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