College is a point in one’s life where you choose a career path for the future. However, it’s not always as easy as pointing and saying “I want to be a business owner, so I’m going to be a business major.” A lot of thought may go into choosing a future career, and it can be an anxiety-inducing task for people who are in school. Knowing one’s personal interests and preferences can help a lot in deciding a career. Learning your personality type is a good start!
The most prominent personality type test is called the Myers Briggs Type Indicator test (MBTI). The MBTI test is a self-report questionnaire, developed from the personality theories of psychoanalyst Carl Jung, that identifies an individual’s psychological preferences. These preferences are introversion vs. extroversion, intuition vs. sensing, feeling vs. thinking, and judging vs. perceiving. It may sound familiar because the test is often provided to high school seniors, college freshmen, and job applicants.
There are sixteen personality types an individual can be that have unique qualities that can contribute to the future success of a college student. These personality types are a combination of the preferences above. For example, one may be an INFJ, representing being an Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving. A person with this personality type is known as the “advocate” and has qualities such as creative, insightful, determined, and decisive. Good careers for this type would be a counselor, psychologist, writer, professor, and many more. If a student is aware of their own positive qualities and identifies with the type well after thinking it over, choosing a career/life path can be made much easier.
Students, graduates, and self-made professionals from around the world have used their MBTI results to discover new things about themselves. Some even found out their type after graduating from school and chose a career path based on their findings that resulted in job satisfaction.
“I didn’t find out I was an INFP until I finished college and graduate school,” shared retired counselor, Anne O., “But I was fortunate enough to understand that I wanted to help the underdog. I worked as a counselor to hospice patients and students with disabilities. I was MBTI certified and used it to help my post-secondary students make career choices and understand themselves better. Best job ever!” An INFP personality type is labeled as the “healer,” and often seeks out careers that bring aid to others and uses a lot of creativity.
Alex Urbanski, a student who went to Ohio University, found out his personality type before college. “I always liked and played music, and MBTI helped me when I tried to find a major in college. Being an INFP I get naturally creative and curious, so it’s always fun and interesting to learn more.”
Some found out their interests later on in their education career and used MBTI to guide their way and learn new things.
“I’m an INTJ, and it took me until grad school to figure out that I liked engineering better than science. To me, this is my Judging trait. Learning it has helped me understand my style along with my coworkers,” shared Matt Eckerle, a graduate of Purdue University.
Every personality has something to offer to the world. It is worth your time to explore the world of MBTI and examine your interests and way of communicating. Knowing who you are gives you a sense of purpose! Take the test and find out what major or career suits your personality.