The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® can be a very useful tool for those seeking a first time career or a change in their career path. There are some things to consider, however, prior to administering the assessment.
If it is a first-time career, what do they bring to the table in the way of education and experience? Is the education general or focused in a particular area? Did they enjoy the experience of the education? Do they have experience related to the education and did that excite them or bore them?
For those seeking a change in their career path, why the change? Were they bored? Was it a poor relationship with an employer or work culture? Did they need to leave because of stress or medical issues? Some clients may have lost their career due to no fault of their own. Some may be tied to a community because of family and not be able to relocate to find work in their field.
If the participant is under stress or has mental illness that is not stable, the Myers-Briggs® may not give desired results. It is important to get to know the individual to put the results of the assessment into context. Other factors that may influence career choice are health, finances, age, and family obligations.
Just because someone is good at something, it does not necessarily follow that it is what they want to do. The work may be mentally uncomfortable for them. They may find that the particular work is affecting home life as they cannot walk away from it.
The Myers-Briggs® assessment identifies preferences and may reflect the ideal job or career but in the real world of work there is compromise. The assessment can show where you would be most comfortable but we all know you grow by being challenged. All sixteen types can do any work but some will enjoy it, some will be challenged, and some will hate it. No-one can be excluded from a career because of their type.
Whether it is a career or a job, knowledge of type is valuable as it give a person a different view of what they, as an individual, bring to the table and how they might react to the position. It is an opportunity to look inward and evaluate where you are going and why.
It is not the end-all, be-all, just another tool for the toolbox.
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