As a child, you may have had a concrete answer to the ‘What are you going to do when you grow up?’ question. From astronauts and doctors, bus-drivers and teachers; chances are now that you are at university, those aspirations may have changed – and you are probably left with vague ideas of what career would really get you out of bed in the morning.
Your personality, can be a powerful indicator of what you are passionate about- whether you are motivated by abstract ideas, or driven to put the world right; whether you prefer routine, or are stimulated by constant change –these are all traits that make you ‘you’. Personality questionnaires therefore, can be a helpful tool to point you to possible suitable career paths, perhaps even ones that you have not considered previously.
What is MBTI?
One of the most commonly used personality assessment questionnaires the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The Myers-Briggs asks you to select your preference between a series of two statements, and breaks down your personality along four dichotomies: Introversion (I)-Extroversion (E), Sensing (S) – Intuitive (N), Thinking (T) – Feeling (F), and Perceiving (P) – Judging (J). These dichotomies give rise to one of 16 possible four-letter combination (known as ‘type’) that represents your personality.
Various websites offer a free questionnaire which you can take to find out your personality ‘type’ as well as a detailed analysis of suitable potential career paths and jobs. One such example is on Profiling for Success, with questionnaires that gauge your motivations, personality and relationships. Another comprehensive site is Keirsey.com where you can take a 70-item questionnaire and receive a report of your personality type, with a whole section dedicated to different career paths each personality types would excel at, and the various ways each type cope with work pressures. Much research has investigated the best jobs for different personalities. If you are unsure about your career path, perhaps a good place to start is to complete the personality questionnaire to learn more about yourself, you may discover something new.
Please bear in mind that as insightful as finding your personality profile can be, the information is only intended to be a reference. It does not mean an individual with a preference for analysis cannot do well in a people-helping sector, but that they may naturally find jobs requiring an intellectual challenge to be more appealing. As we know, two people can be very different even if they have the same personality type. Increasing your self-knowledge can be valuable in your search for a fulfilling job – after all, we spend a large part of our adult life at work so it is important to choose a career that gets you excited!
Don’t forget, you can also make an appointment to discuss possible career paths with a career consultant at the Career Development Centre.