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Does Your Occupation Fit Your Personality?

Chances are you’ve taken a personality test at some point in your life — a Myers-Briggs for fun, a Caliper or other employment test for a new job — but have you ever thought about how the results might impact your career choices?

Nancy Ancowitz, author of Self-Promotion For Introverts, recently wrote an article in the New York Times about how her introverted personality affected her career path. Ancowitz had always assumed her need to work alone and her aversion to large meetings were character flaws. But once she realized they were just aspects of her personality, she was able to make them work to her advantage and find a career that better suited her.

I definitely consider myself an introvert. I love being around people and I can turn on my social side when I need to, but I really do my best work and feel the most recharged when I’m alone. My job, happily, strikes the perfect balance for me. How about you? Does your role at work mesh with your personality? If you’re curious as to what your personality type is, check out this simplified Myers-Briggs test.

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andrennabird andrennabird 7 years
I'm an ENFJ, and I am not sure if my personality fits my profession. I'm in law school now, and I have a public environmental law job lined up after school. Funny thing is that Obama, Bill Clinton and Reagan all had my same personality type, but lawyer/political was not a listed career suggestion for ENFJs.
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
I'm more of an introvert and work in an ad agency. In a way, it pulls me out of my comfort zone and forces me to interact with others and to be more social and outgoing.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
I think so. I get to solve people's problems, organize things, and deal with all of the money. Plus, I'm surrounded by books the whole time.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
I'm an introvert, and being a stay at home Mom is sometimes too isolated for me! But I do it because it's what is best for my family (and I want to do it, as well.)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I think so. I'm very organized, task-oriented, introverted, and like to analyze things. I'm in the science field, which is perfect for me. Every day I have a similar workload and know somewhat what to expect, but there is always something new and different to see.
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