We spend around one-third of our lives working. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a career that you enjoy and find rewarding. Whether you’re starting out or considering a career change, you will likely succeed in any line of work that you’re passionate about. However, your personality type can make individual job paths more enjoyable and rewarding.
Psychological Science research shows that an employee whose personality traits closely matches the traits that are ideal for a job is likely to earn more than their less suited counterparts. So it pays to understand if your personality matches your job or the job you are considering.
What’s your personality?
Having an idea of your personality types will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. Our personalities are multi-faceted. Are you realistic, investigative, artistic, social, entrepreneurial or conventional? What values do you hold? When you understand the link between your personality and your job choice, you’ll be able to narrow your shortlist or potential jobs accordingly.
Core values matter
At Talent some of our recruitment consultants are extraverts but there are some that consider themselves introverts or in-between. They all acknowledge that they are different, yet collectively as a team, they are successful, meeting their KPIs and achieve their goals. Many of our consultants have taken the Myers Briggs Personality Test to understand their personality better, which helps to isolate strength areas. One thing the teams found was that although different, their core values, ideals and beliefs were the same. They were deeply concerned with the personal growth of others, individualistic and non-judgemental.
Real job satisfaction and fulfilment comes when your career sits within personal preferences and value systems. If you want a career that fulfils you, you need to focus on your interests rather than your qualifications. If your work matches your motivation, you’re more likely to be engaged and content.
Identify a balance and adapt
It’s also about finding the right balance between your personality and career. That’s not to say you won’t succeed in a role that’s not meshed with your personality. You may just need to adapt. If you’re an introvert surrounded by extroverts, you may need to find your calm throughout the workday. If you’re an extrovert, you may need to take a breath and learn to listen more to your colleagues.
Push outside your comfort zone
Some of us perform our best when we’re pushed just outside of our comfort zones. For example, Web Developers who are brilliantly technical and skilled in their roles can flourish if they build their communication skills to improve interactions with stakeholders. While our personality fits with our core job purpose, it’s important to extend ourselves to become a more well-rounded team member.
If you’re looking for a rewarding career that matches your personality, contact our team to explore possibilities.