Even if you’ve already chosen a career path, you can still benefit from taking a personality test that outlines certain career options for you.
After all, who doesn’t need a Plan B?
You can’t walk past the self-improvement section at the bookstore without seeing rows of books dedicated to discovering your personality type through various tests and methods.
Skeptics might question the accuracy of such personality tests that attempt to put them — in all their complexity, uniqueness and irreplaceable footprint in this world — into one of only a handful of categories.
While it’s true that these personality tests typically paint with broad strokes, they can still provide us with some insight into ourselves. They are meant to give us a general picture of who we are — the ClipArt version, so to speak, not the Picasso.
The Jung Typology
The Jung Typology Test (also known as Myers-Briggs) is one of the most widely used and renowned personality tests. There are several different versions of the test available, some more comprehensive than others, but the end result will always classify you as one of 16 personality types.
Test results will reflect your dominant trait in each of these four pairs of characteristics: Extroverted (E) or Introverted (I); Sensing (S) or Intuitive (N); Thinking (T) or Feeling (F); and Judging (J) or Perceiving (P). Examples include INTJ, ENFP, ISFP, ESTJ, etc.
This career-specific version of the test will recommend suitable career options based on your answers to the questions. You can also check out PersonalityPage.com for a more in-depth look at the careers that would complement your personality type.
Introvert vs. Extrovert Careers
A broader approach to finding the best career for your personality type would be to look into careers that cater to introverts and extroverts.
First, let’s look at the common traits of the introvert (according to MyPersonality.info):
Energized by time alone
Keeps to self
Prefers smaller groups
Not socially inclined
Thinks before speaking
According to this Forbes article, the best jobs for introverts are those that don’t require excessive interaction with others and are instead focused on work that can be done alone.
Some of these positions include: animal care and service workers (check out vet tech degrees), archivist, court reporter (look into paralegal programs), social media manager, film/video editor, financial clerk (look into accounting degrees) and medical records technician (check out medical administrative assistant degrees).
Now we’ll look at the common traits of the extrovert (according to MyPersonality.info):
Likes groups, parties, etc.
Energized by interaction
Expressive and enthusiastic
Volunteers personal information
Has many friends
Easy to approach
A typical extrovert might describe himself or herself as being a “people person.” This opens the door to a wide variety of career possibilities.
This article from CareerBuilder outlines 10 extrovert-friendly careers, including: human resources specialist (check out business management degrees), public relations specialist, sales manager (look into MBA programs), emergency medical technician, physical therapist, financial advisor (look into accounting degrees), education administrator and dental hygienist.
Regardless if you fit neatly into any of the above categories, gaining more knowledge about yourself will only pay off in the long run when you have a great career that complements both your skillset and your personality.