Our jobs dominate a huge part of our waking life. The type of career you have can affect your happiness, stress level, income, personality, and others’ impressions of you. Being stuck in a job that clashes with your personality or is fundamentally ill fitting can make you miserable.
Different personality types are better suited to particular jobs. An introvert may loathe a job requiring lots of chit chat with strangers, preferring to work alone. A people person may feel the opposite.
It’s time for some self-reflection: take a look at yourself, your personality, life, and goals to identify the career(s) that’s right for you. You can learn new things and acquire new skills, but if you’re in a career that doesn’t match your personality and interests, you’ll likely be unhappy.
What’s Your Personality?
What words would you, and your friends and family, use to describe you? If you had to sum up your personality in one adjective, what would it be? Not what you’d aspire to, but what you are. Are you:
- Realistic: Results driven
- Investigative: Problem solving, attention to detail
- Artistic: Creative
- Social: Thrive on human interaction
- Enterprising: Leader
- Conventional: Likes schedules and procedures
You may not fall easily into one discrete category. You could be two: both realistic and conventional or social and enterprising.
Take a Test
Not sure which personality type best describes you? Try taking this quiz that compares your interests with job profiles to find what closely fits your personality. The quiz measures the above six personality traits, known as RIASEC: Realistic (aka “doers”), Investigative (“thinkers”), Artistic (“creators”), Social (“helpers”), Enterprising (“persuaders”) and Conventional (“organizers”).
Careers for Personality Types
Once you’ve got a good idea of your personality type, look at some careers that typically match your personality.
If you love getting results, solving problems, and working with machines, you might like:
- Nuclear engineer
- Diagnostic medical sonographer
Fascinated by mysteries and puzzles? Prefer logic to imagination? If you like problem solving, precision, and science, you may enjoy being a(n):
- Software engineer
- Science professor
- Computer systems analyst
If you are naturally creative and like to express yourself in your work with little structure or rules, you might like to be a(n):
- Graphic designer
- Arts or drama teacher
- Interior designer
If teamwork, helping others, and conversation sound great to you, consider a career as a:
- Coach or trainer
- Family practitioner
Are you a leader? Do you like to follow a venture through from conception to completion? If you are a doer and interested in the big picture, you might be a good:
- Sales manager
- Program director
- Financial officer
- Advertising sales agent
If you prefer rules and schedules, routine and order, instructions and details, you might enjoy a career as a(n):
- Financial planner
- Building inspector
- Technical writer
To narrow it down and get a clearer picture, jot down your answers to these questions:
- What are your goals?
- What are your values?
- What are you good at?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What do you enjoy doing?
- What is your personality?
- What general fields or industries interest you?
- What is in demand?
- What was your favorite job and/or what do you love most about your current job?
- What career would you try if you had the required education and skills?
The next step after you have a few industries and careers you’re interested in is to do some research. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has a great tool, the Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can browse occupation groups or search for a specific job title, and find information about job descriptions, median pay, entry-level education, job outlook, and important qualities.
So now that you’ve nailed down your personality, found matching careers, and gathered job information, it’s time to get the training to land your new dream job. A convenient way to do that is with online courses from 360training.com. Check out career training programs in a number of industries, such as medical, legal, business, and digital marketing. Enroll now!