Personality Type & Your Career

I am currently halfway through my 20s, and I have spent so many moments considering and reconsidering my direction in life. Usually, I aways turn to psychology; I try to dig deep and analzye why I might be feeling the way I am. After over-analyzing the why, I try to get at the how. How can I change what I am feeling? What do I need to do?

One of my goals this year was to read 17 books (in 2017), so I decided this was a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. In my search, I came across a self-help book that applies personality types to different career fields. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type takes a look at how personality type influences your career. This book helps you determine your Myers-Briggs personality type to help you better understand your strengths as well as your shortcomings. The theory is that you are capable of working in any field, but some careers may be more difficult than others based on your strengths.

A few things I learned about myself:

  • I am an ISFJ:
    • Introverted
    • Sensing
    • Feeling
    • Judging
  • Every personality has a different hierarchy of functions (which are easiest and which are not so easy)
    • I introvert my sensing function, which implies that I process data in my inner thoughts.
    • I extrovert my intuition, which implies that I make connections and draw conclusions through speaking out loud or with others
  • Unfortunately, all of this led to realizing that I may be in the right career after all  based on my personality type.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because I find psychology interesting, but I also always love to learn more about myself. Admittedly, I was expecting this book to lead to an epiphany of sorts, telling me that I needed to start making a broader, way more drastic career move. When in fact, my current field was listed right among the popular careers for my personality type. Maybe the real epiphany was that I am doing okay right where I am, right now.

I always appreciate having a greater understanding of my own thoughts, which this book definitely provided. It helped me see that I may feel like I am struggling right now, but I will get better. My strengths will always be my strengths, but I will always be working on improving my weaknesses. We truly do get better with age because practice makes perfect.