Introverted or Extroverted, Shy or Outgoing…there are so many terms to describe personality. Your personality drives who you are, what you like, and what you need. The Myers-Briggs personality test takes it beyond just introverted or extroverted to give you an insight into what makes you tick. Not only can this give you insight, it can also help with your career.
Take the Test
You probably have a pretty good idea of whether or not you are introverted or extroverted depending on what makes you energized or drained. Extroverts enjoy and feed off being around people, whereas Introverts need to recharge after a lot of people interaction. But there is more than just this trait that makes up your personality. If you have never taken the Myers-Briggs, do it today! It’s so insightful. Two of my favorite free resources are 16 Personalities and (find in email). They have accurate tests and give you a very in-depth breakdown of your type.
Assess Your Career
Based on what you have learned from your personality type, think about your current career path. Are you in a position that is best suited to what you like to do? Do your daily tasks bring you energy or drain you? I’m not saying that you can’t continue down the path you are on, but it is good to be aware. That way you know the tasks that are draining and you can plan your day accordingly.
For example, I work in Human Resources and am and INFJ. I love to help people, but get drained when I interact with people all day. So I know if I have a day with heavy meetings, I need to build in some time to work on other tasks if possible. Another thing I have been doing to counteract my days of people interaction is by going for a walk at night. This gives me 40-60 minutes with my headphones in and allows me to recharge.
Based on the profile, I know I need time alone everyday to avoid getting burned out. I also realized I like my job the most when I feel like I am helping. I get really burned out if I don’t feel like I am making any difference. Therefore, I know am going into each day thinking “What can I do today to make sure I am helping someone here?”
Change As Needed
After you think about your career in terms of your personality, you may have come to the conclusion you need to make a change. That is totally Ok! It also doesn’t have to be a change that is immediate. I know that my long term goal is to be a full time writer, blogger, and career coach. I can’t make that change immediately, but am slowly progressing toward that goal by taking steps I have identified to get me there. You can do the same thing.
If you have decided that you want to make a change, identify the first step you need to take to move you closer to your goal. It can be as simple as enrolling in a class to learn more about it or talking to someone in the field to get a better idea of what they do.
If you need help with this change, I am happy to help! Send me an email at email@example.com and we can schedule a free 30 min consultation.