Did you know that there’s an “ideal” career waiting for you out there? Regardless of what many detractors against the “made for” theory might say, there’s no denying how much you enjoy your work has a lot to do with your personality type.
That’s why experts have come up with so many personality tests, such as the Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator, the MMPI, and several others based on the “five-factor model”.
According to the CCP (the company responsible for the Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator), their test is used by 89 of the Fortune 100 companies to maximize employee effectiveness.
I’m pretty sure Mother Teresa enjoyed doing what many considered her “job”, and most likely considered it the only way to attain true success and happiness. It is easily recognizable as her ‘ideal’ career. Yet what about others? Most people do what they hate for a living, placing all of their happiness in the future, after attaining fame or fortune or financial freedom in one form or another.
Finding an ideal career — your ‘calling’ — is an experience many people likely don’t have over the course of their lives. Yet it is possible. All of us are specific personality ‘types’, and therefore, there are specific types of jobs that would be best suited to us.
Luckily, Truity Psychometrics simplified this rather complex concept in an infographic describing four dimensions of personality and ideal careers for each of them. Let’s explore them all!
- Energy style: The energy style personality type comprises of two types: introverts and extroverts. While extroverts like working in teams and busy spaces, introverts prefer being energetic and busy on their own.
- Thinking style: These people are contemplators. They like putting their mind to work to come up with new concepts. Sensors like “thinking” and working with concrete things such as machines, data, buildings, etc. The intuitives, on the other hand, like pondering over abstract concepts such as theories and ideas.
- Values Style: Value style has thinkers and feelers. Thinkers like to add value to their work with their intelligence for personal benefits. Feelers are more altruistic. They prefer working in professions that uphold their values and beliefs, as well as helps others.
- Life Style: Lifestyle people prefer choosing a profession that suits their lifestyle. Judgers like order in their life, which they fulfill with organization and management. Perceivers don’t mind being spontaneous and living a chaotic full of freedom and flexibility.
- Here are some recommendations for the above personality types. Note that the personality types below have not considered the “lifestyle” perspective. Recommendations may vary based on preferred lifestyle.
It turns out that extroverts and introverts that are also sensors and thinkers are “pragmatists”. Pragmatists like to use “logical systems to produce tangible results”. People with this personality type make great supervisors, general managers, school administrators, accountant, logisticians, sales manager, financial advisors, building contractor, carpenter, mechanics, and more.
Extroverts and introverts that are sensors and feelers make good caretakers. Caretakers are people who love their work when they are somehow helping others or contributing to the society. Ideal professions include being a teacher, child care director, social worker, recreation director, receptionist, surveyor, etc.
Both extroverts and introverts who are intuitive and thinkers make good theorists. Theorists are people who can come up with new ideas and inventions. Ideal professions include being driven directors, attorneys, engineers, architects, software developers, judges, inventors, reporters, real estate agents, producer/directors, professors, mathematicians, scientists, and psychiatrists.
Empaths are similar to caretakers who like to make the world a better place, except that empaths are more intuitive rather than sensors. People who are extraverted or introverted, intuitive and feelers, make great empaths.
The best professions for them include inspiring guides, non-profit directors, health educators, ministers, school counsellors, writers, interior designers, veterinarian, recreational therapists, restauranteur, travel writers, pre-school teachers, landscape architects, animators, psychologists, librarian, authors, fine artists, and creative individualists.
So here’s the infographic. Enjoy!
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