There have been many studies over the years that have concluded that people with similar personality types are drawn to, and tend to be more successful in, specific careers than those of other temperaments. While each person is unique, it's more likely that two accountants will be more similar in personality than an accountant and a firefighter. The fit between the nature of their work and their personalities is both what attracted them to the field in the first place, and what causes them to be good at what they do. For this reason, clarifying your personality type is often a key to identifying appropriate career choices.
The most popular tool for identifying "personality type" is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). As a Trent student you have free access to TypeFocus -- a shorter, online version of the test that has the following features:
- a summary of each of the four components of your personality type as well as a description of how your personality type prefers to function.
- a list of occupations that have been identified as preferred careers for people who share your personality type, as well as a description of each occupation.
To access TypeFocus, log into your myTrent account, go to the Tools tab and find the icon/link for it under "Career Development". Complete the 20-25 minute quiz which will lead you to occupational and education information.
Self Reflection Activity about Personality
Take a look at the following list of character traits. Choose the qualities that you think describe you. Print off a copy of the list to give to a family member or friend for them to choose based on their perception of you.
Go over the words you selected and identify the six characteristics that best describe you. Compare your results with your friend or family member. Are there any other characteristics that you have that are missing from the list?
With some of the characteristics chosen, think of examples of situations where you have demonstrated those characteristics.
|Able to concentrate||Enthusiastic||Precise|
|Able to manage stress||Friendly||Progressive|
|Attentive to detail||Intelligent||Responsible|