You need to get to the heart of ‘who you are’ to figure out what you want to do with your career.

Have you ever wondered what you would be good at doing and where you want to be in ten years’ time? If so, personality profiling is a great way to figure out more about yourself, to help map out your future.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a well-respected tool used for personality profiling within professional cricket, as well as in business. The MBTI assessment consists of a questionnaire that allows you to assess your preferences based on a four pairs of opposite styles. These preferences are not the same as abilities or skills, they are all of equal value and importance and people will use all eight of the preferences some of the time. As the word ‘preference’ suggests, MBTI aims to help you understand what comes naturally to you.

The MBTI preferences are:

Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I) – Where you prefer to get and focus your energy/attention

Sensing (S) and Intuition (N) – The kind of information you prefer to gather/ trust

Thinking (T) and Feeling (F) – The process your prefer in evaluating information and decision making

Judging (J) and Perceiving (P) – How you prefer to deal with the world around you.

The result of the MBTI questionnaire gives you a four-letter preference type, which provides you with a greater understanding of how you shape your actions and behaviours, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. For example, the potential strengths of someone with an ISTJ preference type are:

-              Analytical skills

-              Problem-solving ability

-              Technical knowledge and expertise

-              Adaptability

-              Willingness to take risks.

Once you know your MBTI result, you can use the findings to help you identify answers to questions such as:

-              Where do I want to be in one year? Five years? Ten years?

-              What do I want to be doing on a day-to-day basis?

-              What type of working environment do I feel most comfortable in?

-              What kind of people do I enjoy working with?

-              What motivates me to do my best?

The majority of jobs will have core elements that may suit certain MBTI types. For example, an accountant position in one company may require someone with attention to detail, an objective, fact-based and organised way of working (potentially attractive to someone with ISTJ preferences).  However, in a different organisation, the role may require consultation with clients, problem-solving and developing innovative solutions (potentially more attractive to someone with ENTJ preferences).

The more information you can gather about ‘who you are’, the better equipped you are to assess potential opportunities against your preferences.

If you are interested in learning more about your MBTI type, please contact your regional Personal Development Manager (PDM).