Money & Career
Match Your Career Choice to Your Personality
10/2/2017 10:05:50 PM
Career Personality

Your personality dictates many of the things you choose to do socially, so factoring in the various facets of your personality when choosing a career seems like a no-brainer. Often, when students go to college or a trade school, they feel a bit lost in terms of making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Many choose to go into fields of study that will pay a bit more lucratively, or they choose a career based on their family’s input. 

That can hold true for adults looking for new careers as well. Sometimes the focus is on what is available and what will net the most income, rather than what a person would be perfectly suited for. If you’re in the market for a career change, there are many factors that should be considered, personality being one of the most important. 

Davis Woodward, LPC at Elite Medical Wellness, located at 2802 Hodges Street, explains, "I am always astonished at how, as people, we are so stratified!  Within the complexities of our unique personalities we have facets in which we excel and areas where we struggle.  When I meet a new patient, often, they are dissatisfied in more than one area of their life, with work being a factor in their unhappiness.” Davis also explains that sometimes, with self-reflection, a patient finds that they would like to change jobs to something more suited for their personality. 

If you have a realistic and logical personality, see things in black and white, and your brain thinks in a concrete-sequential manner, you probably are not suited for a career based in creativity such as graphic design or photography. Whereas if you are a logical thinker, you may want to seek out a career in finance, medicine, or computer programming. 

What if you’re not completely certain what career would suit your personality the best? Talk to the people who know you best and ask what they think you would be good at based specifically on your personality. Perhaps your grandmother remembers when you were a child and drew tree-house models so detailed she thought you would become an architect. Another way to discover which career would best suit your personality is to take an online personality test that will suggest suitable careers for you. 

"There are many useful tools but the one I like to look at is the Myers-Briggs test, which highlights 16 different personality types,” says Woodward.  "It’s a great way to get good insight into what types of careers work for different people. Ultimately, we have a better chance of success if we pick a career that plays to our strengths!”

A few other suggestions for online career-matching personality tests are:  |  This online test, similar to the Myers-Briggs test, will ask sixty questions and give you five different ways to interpret your personality based on your answers, including career suggestions.  |  This website offers a plethora of information and possible career choices. Not only does it offer a personality-based career quiz, it gives guidance on job interviews, offers educational information, and includes a career library. 

Whether you are looking into a career path for the first time, or you are looking to make a life change, factoring your personality into the equation is one of the best moves you can make.

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