Choosing a Career that Matches Your Personality

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While in many cases physical and skill requirements will greatly impact your career choice, your personality should also play a major role when it comes to selecting the right job for you. It's important for people to find appropriate careers today - not only for financial reasons, but also for quality of life issues. By choosing a career that fits all your needs, including one that suits your personality, you are far more likely to obtain the stability that comes with performing a job happily. This article demonstrates various individuals and their personality types and offers career paths that may best appeal to their individual personality traits.

Outgoing Personality

You love to talk to people; you are a people person and don't like to get bogged down in a lot of red tape and details. You love to travel, but you do have some family constraints that make leaving for long stretches impossible. You have some administrative experience, but you do not like being stuck in a cubicle all day. You think well on your feet and prefer something that challenges you - it keeps you from feeling bored.

Advice: There are many careers for "people" persons. While you might have made a first class flight attendant, that sort of role does not match your family's lifestyle. Consider a career as a travel agent or possibly a real estate representative. Your administrative background provides a good foundation for the skills needed for these careers, but your people skills are really at the hub of what these careers are all about. According to your description, you are also well matched to sales-oriented pursuits. Other careers you might consider: counselor, healthcare provider, hotel manager.

Dominant Personality

You hold fast to the motto, "If you want something done right, do it yourself." You are a very driven and motivated type of person. You are fairly outgoing and work well with people, but you are also motivated by completing a task. You’ve been called ambitious, so you probably need a job with growth potential. Finally, you don't think you could be happy at a job that did not pay well - extremely well. You don't mind a career with long hours provided that it pays well and holds your interest.

Advice: You seem like a prime candidate for business-related endeavors. You may have the personality for starting your own business, but you may also thrive in settings where competition is keen - large, well established businesses of various natures. You seem to have a personality that suggests executive material. Of course, depending on your particular skills and educational background, you may even be a good fit for medical or legal professions. Other careers you may consider: engineer, law enforcement, research.

Introverted Personality

You work best on your own. You always hated the group projects assigned in school. You're fairly quiet and prefer to know your routine. You're usually adverse to change, but are a dependable worker. You just like to understand all the facets of any given job. You don’t mind behind-the-scenes work. You're not actually shy; you just don't think the job-place should be a social climate. You like to work with your hands and are also good with computers.

Advice: Computer programming and related careers will be very good choices for you, although innovation and change is inherent in this line of work. You may find library cataloging and processing appealing. These are behind-the-scenes jobs that seem appropriate to your description. Also, consider administrative work in a relatively stable field. Other career choices that may suit: research, graphic arts.

Analytical Personality

You love to work with numbers and enjoy problem solving of all sorts. You get along well with people, but tend to get caught up with your own projects. You are also studying the sciences but have yet to declare a major. You spend endless hours in the school library reading up on new science.

Advice: You seem like an ideal candidate for a research-oriented position in the math or science field. You may opt for an academic career or for a business that promotes research like the pharmaceutical field. Other careers choices: statistician, teacher, scientist, accountant.

Team Player Personality

You don't like to make decisions when it comes to work. You need to be told what to do and when to get it done by. You love to work with people and prefer a variety of people to a small and enclosed office. You are always eager to learn new things and are an apt learner. You don't mind long hours so long as pay is adequate; you just want to like what you're doing - no busy work - the same thing day in and out. You thrive with a bit of change.

Advice: It seems you may not be comfortable in a leadership position, but you are a strong team player based on your description. Consider a career in marketing, which has lots of change and is a people oriented career. There is much competition, but a person who works well with others may mark out a valuable niche. Consider a career as a teacher, customer service representative, or newspaper reporter.

Whatever your personality type, often the first question to ask yourself is how well and how much you like working with people. People skills are a must for most professions, but there are many task-oriented positions too. Choose a field you are interested in if possible, and consider your skill level closely. Your humorous personality may make you consider a career as a cartoonist, for example, but if you cannot draw well, then best consider something different.

Also, because so much educational expense is tied to your career choice, find out as much as you can about your prospective choice before committing your time and money to its pursuit. Talk to professionals in your field of choice and keep your options open. Working with a counselor may allow you to draw out more about yourself so you can truly find a good career match.