The golden ideal is to find a job and career you’ll love so you never have to work a day in your life, but this definitely sounds easier than reality allows. Finding a career you truly love involves the right opportunities at the right time, and fully understanding yourself. While we can’t do much about offering opportunities, we can try to help you understand your personality so you can get onto the path of finding the right career for you.
Time to Take Some Tests
In all the ways we understand ourselves, sometimes personality tests can unlock aspects of ourselves that we never even considered. For our folks who have heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, you’ll be familiar with the dichotomies created between extroversion and introversion, sensing and intuition, thinking and feeling, as well as judgment and perception. The combinations between these four sets of characteristics breaks personalities into 16 different types, which leads to my favorite (and free!) personality test on 16personalities.com. This website goes even further to offer in-depth explanation on all 16 personalities, ranging from each personality’s strength and weakness, relationship outlook, and of course, career fit.
This article on Career shifters offers three more psychometric personality tests to hopefully help you parse out who you are as a person as well as what your characteristics and preferences are. These tests include Jung’s human metrics test, a test offered by Finding Potential, and another by Similar Minds.
For our extroverts out there, consider high-touch, high-contact jobs such as being a sales representative, event planner, mediator, or financial advisor. Dawn Rosenberg McKay’s article on The Balance Careers describes each career and even includes the projected job growth and median annual salary on those careers and more. Extroverts have the people skills to step into careers that call for advising and connecting teams (such as being a project manager).
Joanna Zambas from CareerAddict also compiled her own list of 15 jobs perfect for extroverts. There is some overlap between the two lists, but this article includes plenty of new positions and stats such as qualifications and salaries.
Introverts can take a look at this extensive list on Trade Schools, complete with 56 job possibilities. These possibilities are organized by four types of introverts: the social introvert, thinking introvert, anxious introvert and inhibited introvert, and includes descriptions on what all four types of introverts look like.
Our social introverts should consider careers in investigation, mechanics and creation (such as a chef or baker). Thinking introverts might do well in engineering, design (interior, graphic, video games, etc.) and programming. Anxious introverts might want to look into auditing and writing, and our inhibited introverts could find a future in STEM fields such as microbiology, astronomy, physics, as well as careers that call for analysts (market research, management analyst, etc.).
Alison Doyle’s article on The Balance Careers offers even more personality types and overarching suggestions from the classic categories of introvert and extrovert, to even including more personalities such as organizers, artists, idealists and analysts.
Finding the job that you truly love might require the stars lining up exactly right, but the possibility of discovering that match first comes with discovering yourself. With the multitude of dependable personality tests out there, hopefully after one, or two, or even seven personality tests, you can better understand yourself to understand what your better future looks like.