Personality Type in Career Choice: Case Studies
In this week’s podcast, I talk about the role of personality type in career choice. I use the framework of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), of which I am a Master Practitioner.
The MBTI is the world’s most widely used personality assessment. It is a psychological tool designed to reveal your personality preferences…the ones you were born with.
Based on your responses, the MBTI assigns one of 16 personality types to you. Much research has been done around the link between personality type and career choice.
Here are a few personality types and the careers best suited to them:
ESFP: Realistic Adapters in Human Relationships
ESFPs are at their best when free to act on impulses. They value:
- An energetic, sociable life, full of friends and fun
- Immediately useful skills; practical know-how
- Learning through spontaneous, hands-on action
- Trust and generosity; openness
- Concrete, practical knowledge; resourcefulness
- Caring, kindness, support, appreciation
- Freedom from irrelevant rules
- Handling immediate, practical problems and crises
- Seeing tangible realities; least-effort solutions
- Showing and receiving appreciation
- Making the most of the moment; adaptability
- Being caught up in enthusiasm
ESFPs want work that has practical value; as much work flexibility as possible, and a collaborative work environment.
What careers do ESFPs often pursue? Here are a few:
INTJ: Logical, Critical Innovators of Ideas
INTJs are at their best when inspiration turns insights into ideas and plans. They value:
- A restrained, organized outer life
- A spontaneous, intuitive inner life
- Planful, independent, academic learning
- Skepticism; critical analysis; objective principles
- Originality, independence of mind
- Unemotional tough-mindedness
- Freedom from interference in projects
- Working to a plan and schedule
- Seeing complexities, hidden meanings
- Improving things by finding flaws
- Probing new possibilities; taking the long view
- Pursuing a vision; foresight; conceptualizing
INTJs prefer a work environment that involves complex ideas and concepts and allows them to develop creative, innovative solutions. They are all about possibilities and originality.
What careers do INTJS often pursue? Here are a few:
ENTP: Inventive, Analytical Planners of Change
ENTPs are at their best when caught up in enthusiasm for a new project. They value:
- Conceiving of new things and initiating change
- The surge of inspiration; emerging possibilities
- Analyzing complexities
- Following their insights, wherever they lead
- Finding meaning behind the facts
- Autonomy; elbow room; openness
- Ingenuity, originality, a fresh perspective
- Mental models and concepts that explain life
- Fair treatment
- Flexibility, adaptability
- Improvising; looking for novel ways
- Exploring theories and meanings behind events
ENTPs seek work that utilizes their creativity and originality in a flexible work environment; work that allows them to dig for deeper meaning, insights, and possibilities.
What careers do ENTPs often pursue? Here are a few:
I encourage you to go through these lists and make sense of the connection between the characteristics of each personality type and the careers often pursued.
If you’re interested in learning about your personality type, I encourage you to work with a qualified practitioner or a Master Practitioner like myself. Otherwise, you’re taking an assessment online with no one to interpret your results for you.
To listen to this week’s podcast, “Using Personality Information in your Career Choice,” click here: