What’s your personality?
I knew a guy once who was going to school in the early 2000’s to learn information technology. His reason was simple. He was a decent at technology and there were a lot of well paying jobs in that rapidly growing field. Then one day something occurred to him. If he finished that degree and got a job he would almost certainly be destined to spend his life sitting in a cubical or server closets. For a guy who loved to move around and being outside, that life seemed like a one-way ticket to misery. And so he changed paths.
It’s one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.
Sometimes we need to take a hard look at what we’re doing and compare it to who we are and determine whether or not we’re in the right situation. Sometimes we are and sometimes we’re the proverbial square peg in a round hole.
The question is how do you know?
Truthfully everyone can have good days and bad days at work. Some may be in need of a change of pace. And some people can find ways to be truly content in almost any work situation. But for many this is easier said than done. We’ve all seen the goofball personality tests that will tell us what kind of dog we are or something similar. Fortunately there are some great options and research out there to help us find out some things about ourselves that we might be overlooking.
One of the most popular personality tests out there is the Myers-Briggs test that breaks people down into 16 different personality categories. While it has its critics, many find the test results so accurate at describing them that it’s spooky. While the official test must be administered by a trained official, there are some un-official options out there based off the test that will get you in the ballpark.
Want to find out who you are? Take the test!