According to Retired Major League catcher, Carlton Fisk, who played for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, “It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about choosing a career or pursuing an education? Are you reluctant to change careers? Does having a disability make you feel less qualified? Good news. You have many personal strategies and professional resources available to help you accomplish your career goals.
Before deciding on a career, it’s important to identify your interests, as well as your work and learning styles. This will help choose a line of work that is both interesting and challenging. Completing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help you determine whether you prefer to:
- interact or reflect
- deal with concrete or abstract issues
- make decisions objectively or subjectively
- approach tasks in a structured or spontaneous manner.
Each of these factors contributes to which careers and educational programs you are likely to prefer.
If you start to question yourself, remember Carlton Fisk’s philosophy on the strength that comes from things we overcome. Learning about your unique personality type will help you find the right career, one that drives home all of your abilities and skills. When you land a job that is interesting, challenging and rewarding it truly is like hitting a Grand Slam,