Personality Type and Careers
© Copyright 2009 Pamela Hollister
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A thorough understanding of your personality type can be a tremendous guide that can help you to:
- Choose a new job or career
- Change your job or career
- Increase your satisfaction with your present career
Your personality type can assist you in developing your career goals and establishing a process to reach those goals. When you use Side 1 of The PEOPLE Process Wheel to decide your four-letter type, you can study the Profile Sheet that is within the participant package for your type and gain a thorough understanding of your strengths – your unique gifts.
The more you understand about yourself, the better your decisions will be and the more effectively you will be able to implement those decisions. Your personality preferences can help you decide what you want to do, how to approach that field and get what you want.
To briefly review, personality type theory was developed by Dr. Carl Jung in the early 1900s. Dr. Jung sought to explain the normal differences between healthy people. Jung espoused that the differences in people’s behavior was a result from people’s inborn tendencies to use their minds in different ways. As people act on these tendencies, they develop patterns of behavior.
We have different energy levels, notice different aspects of the world around us, make decisions based on different criteria and structure our lives in different ways depending on what makes us most comfortable. These characteristics combine to create the whole personality. Dr. Jung identified four dimensions that make up our personality type – and these are part of our DNA – they are inborn traits.
The four dimensions are: Energy, Information, Decision, Action, and are used by us hundreds of times a day. Each dimension consists of two opposite poles. Picture each dimension as a continuum with a mid-point in the center. Each of us has a natural inborn preference (strength) for one side of the continuum or the other in each of the four dimensions.
Turn The PEOPLE Process Wheel to Side 2 and review how someone should treat you in the four windows that match your four letter type. This will give you insight into the types of work and surroundings that will be most fulfilling for you. For instance, if in the Energy behavior dimension you chose Introvert you will see that the way you prefer to be treated is:
- Relate one-on-one
- Value their need for privacy
- Allow them time to change focus
- Ask questions to draw them out
- Do not pressure for an instant response
This tells you that you like to work alone and don’t need a lot of supervision. You’re great at putting things together behind the scenes.
However, if you chose Extravert in the Energy behavior dimension, you’ll find that you like to have a lot of interaction with others and you want them to:
- Listen attentively
- Be actively responsive
- Be energetic & enthusiastic
- Support their need to communicate
- Recognize their need for social interaction
Extraverts like to be able to bounce ideas off of others and get immediate feedback. They would be very frustrated working all alone in a cubicle on a project by themselves.
In the Information behavior dimension, if you chose Sensing as your preference, you’ll find that you have skills in dealing with facts and details and when receiving information from someone you prefer that they:
- Be orderly and organized
- Show facts with evidence
- Be direct and to the point
- Draw on your experience
- Be practical because you are
If you chose Intuition in the Information behavior dimension, you are terrific at coming up with creative solutions, marketing direction and “out of the box” ideas and when receiving information you prefer they:
- Give you an overview
- Have a vision of the future
- Appeal to your imagination
- Encourage your need to explore
- Allow for the expansion of ideas
When it comes to making a Decision, a Thinking person is logical, steps back and objectifies the decision, preferring to be treated this way:
- Expect questions
- Use logic
- Be calm and reasonable
- Be brief, concise, yet thorough
- Present information for their analysis
A Feeling person personalizes decisions asking, “How does this affect me and the people involved?” This person likes you to remember to:
- Be honest and sincere
- Be personal and friendly
- Share with them your feelings
- Encourage them to share their feelings
- Allow them time to know and trust you
In the Action behavior dimension, the Judging person likes to control their environment and prefers that you:
- Don’t disturb their order
- Be prepared and deliberate
- Value their time because they do
- Finalize whenever & wherever possible
- Take their deadlines seriously
And, the Perceiving person values spontaneity above all and prefers that you:
- Be open to options & changes
- Use variety in your approach
- Let them set their own deadlines
- Make use of their resourcefulness
- Encourage possibility-thinking
Does this give you an idea of how to approach finding out your strengths and preferred way of being treated so that you can decide on the career that best suits you? Continue studying Side 2 of the Wheel, determining your strengths and preferred way of being treated by others. Once you have analyzed this information, identify the types of careers that include your preferences and strengths – the way you like to be treated and are most comfortable.
On the flip side of the Profile Sheet that matches your four-letter type, are a few of the careers that are suited for your strengths. Take a look at these as they will give you a basis of thinking about and identifying other rewarding types of work.
Author, The PEOPLE Process
October 5, 2006
Resource Material: The PEOPLE Process; Introduction to Type & Communication, CPP Inc.
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