When it comes to choosing a career, there’s a lot more to consider than the type of work that you enjoy doing. Depending on your personality type, your dream job could easily become a nightmare if it’s not compatible with your true characteristics.
In general, society can be broken down into two groups: introverts and extroverts. Careerwise, introverts are people that prefer to work solo, and thrive in an environment where they are free to think things through, and spend time observing. They also prefer a quiet workplace, and tend to guard their personal lives more. Extroverts, on the other hand, are more open about their personal lives, work best in groups, and prefers verbal communication over written communication.
Certain careers require more of one personality trait over another. For example, graphic designers primarily work alone, and spend quite a bit of time thinking about, and visualizing their projects. This is an ideal job for someone that is an introvert, and enjoys plenty of solitude and quiet time. Event planning requires a total different skillset and characteristic. This involves a lot of social interaction, and is best suited for extroverts.
Tests like the Myers-Briggs examination can help determine your personality type and get you on the right track to choosing a career that’s in line with your natural disposition. The important thing to keep in mind when taking these types of exams is that they’re designed to aide you in discovering more about yourself, but you also have to play an active role in this self discovery. After you find out whether you’re more of an introvert or extrovert, talk to someone working in the field that you want to pursue. Ask if they know their personality type, and how they feel the job suits them. This can help you get a feel for whether or not the profession is right for you.
There are plenty of career choices available for both introverts and extroverts, it’s just a matter of knowing your character trait and actively seeking jobs that are compatible. You may have to spend more time searching for that dream job, but the small upfront investment in time is well worth it in the end.
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Originally posted 2015-05-06 12:59:23.