If you have absolutely no idea what you want to be when you grow up what do you do?
Start by first figuring out who are you?
What’s your personality? What makes you…you?
Following are some tools you can use to find out what your personality TYPE is.
In the book Do What You Are , authors Paul Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger, talk about how your personality TYPE is derived by assessing four aspects of human personality and where you fall on the scale associated with each aspect.
The four aspects and their associated scales are:
- How we interact with the world and where we direct our energy. This aspect is assessed by looking at where we fall on the scale between extroversion and introversion.
- The kind of information we naturally notice. This aspect is assessed by looking at where we fall on the scale between sensing and intuition.
- How we make decisions. This aspect is assessed by looking at where we fall on the scale between thinking and feeling.
- Whether we prefer to live in a more structured or spontaneous way. This aspect is assessed by looking at where we fall on the scale between judging and perceiving.
The authors explain that we have a preference for one end of each scale and they walk the reader through a serious of steps to determine that preference.
Once you have an idea for your personality TYPE, the authors describe how to use the knowledge in charting your career path.
Career Zone provides tools for you to take four different types of assessments to learn about yourself and then matches your assessment with corresponding careers that might be for you.
CollegeBoard.com allows you to complete the ORA Personality Profile and then matches your profile to suggested career paths.
I’ve taken three professionally given personality profiles over the course of my career and every time the results of each profile have been basically the same and have been correct in assessing my personality TYPE. I’ve used the information over the years in my career planning with great success. So I can honestly recommend personality profiling is a valuable tool in figuring out what you want to be when you grow up.