Career experts believe that you will be happier at work if you find a career that fits your personality type. That's why the career counselor you went to administered the MBTI. It's an assessment instrument that is used to determine personality type and is based on Carl Jung's personality theory. This theory states that personality type is made up of four pairs of opposite preferences, or the way an individual chooses to do things. While every individual exhibits aspects of both preferences in each pair, one is stronger than the other. Your four letter personality type code is comprised of the letters used to represent your strongest preferences. The four pairs are:
- Introversion [I] and Extroversion [E]: How you energize
- Sensing [S] or Intuition [N]: How you perceive information
- Thinking [T] or Feeling [F]: How you make decisions
- Judging [J] or Perceiving [P]: How you live your life.
I, N, F and J: What Each Letter of Your Personality Type Code Means
- I: Your preference of introversion means you are energized by things within yourself like your thoughts and ideas. Because you don't need to interact with others, you tend to be reserved.
- N: When you receive information, you process it using your intuition rather than your senses. You can look beyond the details to see how they all fit together to make a whole. You can imagine the possibilities the future holds and you are inclined to take advantage of those opportunities.
- F: You use your feelings and personal values to guide your decisions. You understand and care about other people.
- J: Your preference for a judging lifestyle indicates that you like things to be structured and orderly. Deadlines aren't a problem for you since you are adept at planning in advance to meet them.
These are only preferences. They aren't absolutes. As mentioned earlier, all of us have both preferences in each pair, but exhibit one more strongly than the other. While you may prefer to energize, process information, make decisions or have a certain lifestyle, when situations call for you to do things differently, you can. In addition, your four preferences interact with each other. Finally, your preferences aren't static they can change as you go through life.
Using Your Code to Help You Make Career-Related DecisionsSo now that you know your personality type, how can you use it? The middle two letters are particularly informative when it comes to career choice. You can also use your entire code to help you evaluate a particular work environment to find out if it's right for you.
As an "N" you like developing and implementing new ideas, so look for careers that allow you to be an innovator. You should not disregard your feelings and values when choosing an occupation, because as an "F", you are guided by them. As someone who cares about and understands people, you might want to have a career in which you can help others. These factors could lead you toward the following careers: speech pathologist, dietician or nutritionist, architect and translator or interpreter.
Consider your preferences for introversion and judging as well, especially when evaluating work environments. As someone who is self-motivated, look for opportunities where you can work independently. Independence shouldn't mean lack of structure. You prefer a structured environment so consider that when you decide whether a particular job is right for you
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