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What is the best career path for your personality trait?

Find the best career path for your personality trait with the help of this infographic.

Do you feel compelled to spend time being left alone to tweak with codes? Perhaps you’ve always felt drawn to be a nurse so that you can care for the sick? Or, does capturing and holding the attention of an entire room gets your adrenalin pumping?

The thing is, our personality plays a major role in influencing our behaviours and ‘thinking preferences’. In fact, it affects many of our fundamental career decisions, naturally gravitating us towards the careers that fit our preferences.

“Personality traits certainly play a part in helping us determine the ‘fit’ when placing a candidate. Not just about the fit of the person to the role, but importantly, how this person would fit into the team and the wider organisation. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ personality traits – it’s about being able to understand each type and appreciate the differences.” – Gabby Alldis, Recruitment Consultant (M&T Resources)

 

Truity Psychometrics has helpfully together an infographic that details the four major dimensions of personality types initially described by Carl Jung and career suggestions that fit those personalities.

If you don’t know your personality type yet, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test would be a good place to start. Created in 1944, it is a psychoanalytical questionnaire that sorts a person’s thinking preferences across those four dimensions, resulting in 16 distinctive personality types.

  • Extraversion (E) vs Introversion (I): Preference in terms of focusing on the outer world or on inner world.
  • Sensing (S) vs Intuition (N): Preference to focus on the basic information you take in or to interpret and add meaning.
  • Thinking (T) vs Feeling (F): When making decisions, preference to look at logic and consistency or look at the people and special circumstances.
  • Judging (J) vs Perceiving (P): In dealing with the outside world, preference to get things decided or to stay open to new information / options.

Based on these personality groups and dimensions, the infographic has noted four major groups and examples of career paths that might suit each personality type.

Do you think your personality has affected the career path you chose? Is this making you think of a switch?

Best career for your personality type

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