Having self-awareness is the best thing you can have when it comes to living your life especially when you want to choose a career that is right for you. Many people have trouble knowing what they want to do or finding a job that is right for them because they are not aware of what they are good at and their strengths. (You can also read my blog here on what to do when your underemployed).
If you are wondering what career works best for you, I suggest that you follow this 4-step plan to help you figure it out. You can also get a FREE “What Career Works Best For Me!” Worksheet by becoming a part of Sophie-sticatation Nation and clicking on the link at the bottom.
So let us get into it.
Step 1: Take the Test
16 Personalities (click here) has an awesome personality test and it is FREE. They will give you advice on your relationship, friendship, and career choice according to your personality. Not only will it help answer the “what career works best for me?” question. It will also give you additional information regarding relationships and parenting, which can also be useful to you; and did I mention it is free.
Step 2: Read Your Assessment and Point out the Strengths, Needs, and Weakness
When reading your assessment you want to identify your strengths, needs, and weaknesses. This will help you know what job is best for you and what jobs will not a good for you.
For myself I scored an ENTJ (the Commander) and I show you the proper way to assess your strengths, needs, and weakness by using myself as example.
Here is some basic information about an ENTJ
Commanders believe that given enough time and resources, they can achieve any goal. This quality makes people with the Commander personality brilliant entrepreneurs, and their ability to think strategically and hold a long-term focus while executing each step of their makes them powerful business leaders. Commanders push their goals through with sheer willpower where others might give up.
- Commanders as employees set out to learn new skills and to seek out new challenges and responsibilities, eager to prove that nothing is impossible with a little hard work.
- As a colleague, Commanders are sociable and greatly enjoy sharing ideas and critiques in their frequent brainstorming sessions.
- Commander personalities enjoy working with equals, but people must demonstrate that they are equals anyone.
- Commanders tend to assert themselves into positions as representatives and project leads, considering their objectivity and charisma the perfect qualities for these roles.
- Commander managers are confident, charismatic communicators, and they communicate but one vision: to get the job done as efficiently as possible, and to the highest standard of quality.
When assessing my overall strengths I would need a job that has people I am able to learn from. I would also need a more challenging job in which I feel matches my skill level. Jobs that require speaking or using charisma would also be a good fit for me. If I decided to get a job as a supervisor I would be an effective leader (click here to see the 5 leadership styles). I would also do well in jobs that challenge me and that require me to take on additional projects where I could shine.
- Subordinate positions are challenging for Commanders, and it takes active management to ensure their satisfaction and engagement.
- Commander’s view of being driven will see only condescension and arrogance.
When assessing my weaknesses working with people that I view as not being efficient in their job is a problem. I would also need to watch how I come across to other people when communicating because it may be seen as arrogance.
Opportunities for growth keep people with the Commander personality engaged and productive.
When assessing my needs, I would need from a job and be able to move up the career ladder in order to feel fulfilled in a job.
Step 3: Know What You Need To Work on
Put down aspects about your personality that can be a downfall if you do not work on them.
For myself (ENTJs) in a professional environment, Commanders will simply crush the sensitivities of those they view as inefficient, incompetent or lazy.
This is a true statement of my personality. However, in job experiences I have taught myself to learn how to communicate with people so that I do not hurt their feelings. So I have learned the weak points in my personality and I have learned to harness it in a positive way. Which is what everyone needs to do if they want to be successful. Learn you weak points and improve them.
Step 4: What job Fits Me
Point out the positive attributes about your personality. So that you can identify what jobs fit you. Mine include the following:
- They are good entrepreneurs
- They love inspiring people.
- Many would describe executive positions and entrepreneurialism to be ideal lines of work
- Commanders also have a thirst for knowledge
Step 5: Harness that into a career
In this step you will harness everything that you know about your personality and yourself into a career.
In my everyday life, I work in the mental health field and I am a National Certified Counselor. This requires that I am always learning to keep updated in the mental health field. I am also working on my own entrepreneurial efforts (which is consistent with my personality type). Also consistent with my personality, is that I do not like working with unmotivated people in fact working with people like that anger me. Therefore, within the scope of what I do, I feel fulfilled to focus on a certain type of client clients who want to help themselves. ENTJS feel best when they are able to inspire people, which is what I seek to do.
This was an easy and simple 4-step way to help you find out what is the best career choice for you. I hope that my using myself as an example assisted those reading this how to implement each step and how to assess yourself so that you are able to get into a meaningful career. Feel free to click here for a free “What Career Is Best For Me” worksheet. I would also love to hear what struggles anyone has had when trying to find a career that fits their personality.