And it is possible to find yours. Meet the Career Matchmaker.
Cindy came to me, a burned out high school teacher of honors English students. First a lawyer, then a teacher for 12 years, Cindy was practically in tears describing her frustration at still not finding a career that was just right for her. I reassured her that she was not alone and suggested the Myers-Briggs Assessment as a starting point for me to help her with her career exploration. Using other career assessments, she identified her key career strengths and interests as well as her preferences. That was almost a year ago.
Now, she is a communications specialist working for a large financial services company and is so happy because, as she says, “I am doing what I love to do, in an environment that is just right for me: learning new things, researching and I have just the right amount of people contact—not much.” I heard her giggle as she emphasized the last two words.
Then there is Rafael, who moved to the U.S. from Central
America, where he worked as a financial analyst for his family
business. When we first talked, he told me he needed help with his
resume and LinkedIn profile in order to find a job doing what he
loves most—talking to people all day to help them solve
problems. Rafael is now a successful real estate account broker for
an upscale boutique realtor.
Both Cindy and Rafael’s career changes were made possible, in part, by one of the most popular personality assessments in the world: Myers-Briggs or MBTI for short.
Even though the Myers-Briggs assessment was not designed exclusively as a career assessment, is it no surprise that if many of the 1.5 million people who take the Myers-Briggs assessment each year take it during the selection process to determine a good fit, that it could help you discover your ideal career?
MBTI helps you understand your natural
Energy source: extraversion or introversion (I)
Don’t automatically jump to the conclusion that one is better than the other or that extraverts are more fun to be around. Rather, it measures to what extent you are energized by action and people vs. being more thoughtful and having deeper conversations with fewer people. Where do you get your energy?
Your method of making sense of the world: sensing (S) or
When you are perceiving your world and those around you, do you tend to prefer using facts, evidence, and seek out the details or do you tend to use your imagination, see the possible, the bigger picture and draw information from patterns and relationships?
Your decision style: thinking or feeling
When making decisions at work and in your life, do you stick to the task by using logic, remaining objective and strive for consistency or would you take into account other people and their emotions and feelings, with the goal of harmony? Is your motto: “right is right,” or “let’s all get along in peace?”
Do you combine the previous two factors to judge
(thinking - feeling) or perceive (sensing -
If you are working on a project, when do you have the sense of most enjoyment—in the midst of the problem when you are working out issues and exploring options or when you are finished with the project? Someone who is naturally a judger works toward settling things quickly and enjoys the finished product. A perceiver loves the process, pursuing a variety of solutions and enjoys the journey, sometimes feeling let down when the project is completed.
Can you understand how helpful it would be to know your “type”, your results based on your own individualized preferences?