Oops! What I meant to say… What’s your personality type? Are you in the right career?
In my quest to figure out more about myself and how to be more passionate about my work, or finding work that I enjoy, I decided to do a Meyers Briggs Personality test.
I need to strategize and figure out if it’s possible to find happiness in my current work or decide if I need to cut and run. I’ve been going about it methodically, trying to salvage what I can of my current career. No one wants to cut 13 years of experience and run on a whim. You’ve heard me say it before, I feel like I’m being strangled by my current career.
Have you ever felt this way? 80% of the population are in jobs they can’t stand.
So, I ponied up the $39.95 and did a Meyers Briggs personality test (yes, I know you can do it for free but I wanted to make sure the result was accurate). It didn’t take long, maybe 20-30 min; they actually teach you about the personality types between questions. Pretty cool.
I’m happy to declare that I’m an INFJ; which according to MBTI, is only 2% of the US population. Great. What interests me most is that what I’ve been devoting my free time to – photography and writing – is exactly the type of career my personality type is good at. What I found even more amusing, when I Googled “careers for INFJ’s” I laughed….I was asking Google, like a fortune teller, to predict what career I should do. Have you ever done that? Googled crazy things like “What do I do if I don’t know what I want to do?” Oxymoron, eh? Go figure…we do it on a daily basis…we ask Google like a fortune teller for the answers to our life.
I can smell the brain waves burning out there… Great, Thanks Michelle. What the heck does all of this have to do with me? Quite a lot actually. If you can, spring for one of these tests. Even if you know you’re in your career of choice, it offers huge potential to allow you to understand not only yourself but others you work with. Huge benefits! You’ve all seen episodes of The Office I’m sure. There’s the classic difficult manager, then you have the manager that only wants to offer “coaching”. There’s the office introvert and at the opposite spectrum, the “extrovert”. A test like this will help you understand how to work with other personality types. If you can’t stand your job, it will offer you some insight into what makes you tick.
I’m sure you’re curious….what jobs is Michelle suited for? No, this is not an episode of “The Dirtiest Jobs” on TLC….although I have to wonder at times! Get your minds out of the gutter! I’m not going to Amsterdam to the Red Light District. I cruised many sites but eventually ended up at 16personalities.com, here’s what they had to say about INFJ’s:
(I)NTROVERTED I(N)TUITIVE (F)EELING (J)UDGING
- Excellent ability to listen to other people
- A very serious approach to their responsibilities
- Known for their relentless pursuit of serious relationships
- Devotion to the ideals of love and romance
- Very altruistic and friendly
- Very good at recognizing and adapting to other people’s emotional states
- Excellent communication (especially non-verbal) skills
- Go above and beyond their duties
- Can easily move on if a romantic relationship comes to an end, as long as they are convinced that nothing else can be done to save it
- May be unable (or unwilling) to understand that a romantic relationship is falling apart
- Very vulnerable to conflicts and criticism – INFJs are likely to avoid such situations at all costs, which may also contribute to the previous point
- Likely to hide their inner feelings from the rest of the world
- Relatively poor money management skills
- May expect too much from other people
Of the many sites, the career suggestions were similar. Possible Career Paths for the INFJ:
- Clergy / Religious Work
- Medical Doctors / Dentists
- Alternative Health Care Practitioners, i.e. Chiropractor, Reflexologist
- Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counselors and Social Workers
- Musicians, Artists, Photographers
- Child Care / Early Childhood Development
- Editor/Art Director (web), Writer
From this site I found a book recommendation that I decided to purchase: http://www.infj.com/INFJ_Careers.htm
“What’s your type of Career? Unlock the Secrets of your Personality to find your Perfect Career” Donna Dunning. I’ll let you know if it’s a worthwhile read.