Myers-Briggs Jobs: Personality Test To Find Your Ideal Career [Video + Transcript]
Your personality influences a lot of things, including your ideal career path. In this video, you'll learn how to quickly identify your probable Myers-Briggs personality type, and how each element can help you identify an ideal career. First, I want to mention that if you're looking for a full, accurate personality test, you'll need to check out an official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. But for this video, we'll provide good rough indicators of where you may fall.
All right, let's jump in with the first personality factor, starting with extroversion versus introversion.
Extroversion vs. Introversion
This factor describes where you find energy and focus your attention. If you're not sure whether you're an extrovert or an introvert, ask yourself, “When I need to recharge my batteries, do I seek the company of other people or do I need to be alone?”
Extrovert traits and jobs
If you recharge your batteries around other people, you're an extrovert. While you may still crave some alone time, you typically relax around others and like bouncing ideas off of people or thinking out loud. You likely appreciate human interaction and participating in activities. An extrovert may want to seek out dynamic jobs that offer a breadth in opportunity for engagement with people and things.
Examples include sales, teaching, management, among other things.
Introvert traits and jobs
If you recharge your batteries by yourself, you're an introvert. You likely appreciate solitude and a calmer work environment. You like organizing your thoughts before sharing them with others. An introvert may want to seek out jobs that utilize analytical skills, provide an opportunity for concentration and deal with big ideas and concepts.
Examples include research, banking and data analytics, among others.
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Up next is sensing versus intuition.
Sensing vs. Intuition
This Myers-Briggs personality factor describes how you take in information. If you're not sure, ask yourself, “If I were shown an apple, would I use my senses to gather detailed information, like shape and color, or would I look at the bigger picture, such as why is the apple there and what does it represent?”
Senser traits and jobs
If you would think about the physical attributes of the apple, you're a senser, meaning that you take in information through the five senses. You focus on the here and now. A senser looking for a career match may want to seek out jobs that allow them to perfect their existing skills and that are focused on the facts.
Examples include copy editing, food and beverage and landscape design.
Intuitive traits and jobs
If you would think about why the apple is there, you're intuitive. You take in information from a “sixth sense” of sorts. You live in the world of unseen meanings, patterns, hunches and insights. Intuitives may want to seek out jobs that allow them to focus on the big picture, future possibilities, novelty and inspiration.
Examples include psychology, museum curation and publishing.
The third Myers-Briggs personality factor is feeling versus thinking.
Feeling vs. Thinking
This factor describes the way you make decisions. If you're not sure which one you are, ask yourself, “Do I initially react to situations with my head or with my heart?”
Feeler traits and jobs
If you're a feeler, you make decisions based on personality value analysis. Often this includes a subjective view of person-centered concerns, like how will others be impacted by my actions? Feelers may want to seek out work that allows them to lean into their value system and compassion.
Examples include health care, community service and the arts, among others.
Thinker traits and jobs
If you're a thinker, you make decisions based on objective analysis. This may include evaluating cause and effect, weighing pros and cons or employing other logical systems. Thinkers may want to seek out work that'll allow them to lean into their rationality and logical strength.
Examples include computer programming, engineering and accounting, among others.
For more information on personality type assessments that you may encounter at work, click here.
The final Myers-Briggs personality factor is judging versus perceiving.
Judging vs. Perceiving
This factor describes how you handle the outside world. To figure out which you are, ask yourself, ”If I have to be somewhere at 1:00 PM and I arrive at 1:00 PM, do I consider myself to be late or do I consider myself to be early?”
Judger traits and jobs
If you're a judger, it doesn't mean you judge others. In Myers-Briggs personalities, judging means you seek closure from the outer world through order, planning and organization. When possible, you prefer for things to be settled and crossed off your list. Judgers may want to find work that allows them to set goals, be organized and make decisions.
Examples include business administration, hotel management and finance, among others.
Perceiver traits and jobs
If you're a perceiver, you seek flexibility from the outer world by choosing to stay open to new information and ideas. When possible, you prefer to leave things open-ended. Perceivers may want to seek work that encourages them to adapt, solve open-ended challenges and identify opportunities.
Examples include counseling, creative direction and marketing, among others.
If you made it to the end of the video and you'd like more information on ideal jobs for your exact personality types, click here.
Before we wrap up here, I'd like to add that there's no scientific basis for Myers-Briggs, unlike other personality tests. If your type resonates with you, it can be helpful, but don't feel like your type dictates which careers are going to be the only good fits for you.
Instead, use this information as a jumping-off point for possible considerations that you can take in a job search, and for giving yourself vocabulary to describe your experience and work in life. Plus, most Myers-Briggs career recommendations are based on all four personality combinations.
So now that you know where you fall, search for your type in this Career Guide article here, where you can get even more tailored recommendations for your specific personality type.
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