At some point, you may have heard the words “Confuscius say” followed by some enlightening statement. Confuscius, a Chinese philosopher born in 551 B.C, once said “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”. Certainly, there are days when you experience frustration and exhaustion on the job, making you extremely relieved when the day is over. But, after some rest and relaxation, you’re ready to get back into it.
Before deciding upon a career path or pursuing an education, find the type of work that is a “good fit” for you. Selecting a career is kind of like buying shoes. Would you ladies leave the store with a new pair before trying them to make sure you like them and that they are the right size? And guys, how would you feel about doing physically-demanding work all day wearing a pair of dress loafers, rather than some sturdy shoes or boots? No doubt, you’d be very uncomfortable and probably the target of some brutal jokes from your co-workers!
Like finding shoes that fit your feet, it’s important to choose a career that fits your personality. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps you identify career options and the type of work environment(s) that are likely to be most comfortable and satisfying for you. According to type experts Myers and McCauley (1985), the recommended response to the MBTI should come from your “shoes off self”. This will allow you to give “actual rather than ideal” responses. Once you have reviewed your MBTI results, you may have questions, or even doubts about them. According to McPeek and Reinhart (2014), MBTI takers are encouraged to “verify” their results and evaluate the degree of “fit”. So, kick off those shoes and spend some time with your “true self”. Then, you’ll be ready to pursue a career that fits your personal and professional style.