You need to get to the heart of ‘who you are’ to figure out
what you want to do with your career.
Have you ever wondered what you would be good at doing and
where you want to be in ten years’ time? If so, personality profiling is a
great way to figure out more about yourself, to help map out your future.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a well-respected tool used
for personality profiling within professional cricket, as well as in business. The
MBTI assessment consists of a questionnaire that allows you to assess your
preferences based on a four pairs of opposite styles. These preferences are not
the same as abilities or skills, they are all of equal value and importance and
people will use all eight of the preferences some of the time. As the word
‘preference’ suggests, MBTI aims to help you understand what comes naturally to
The MBTI preferences are:
Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I) – Where you prefer to
get and focus your energy/attention
Sensing (S) and Intuition (N) – The kind of information you
prefer to gather/ trust
Thinking (T) and Feeling (F) – The process your prefer in
evaluating information and decision making
Judging (J) and Perceiving (P) – How you prefer to deal with
the world around you.
The result of the MBTI questionnaire gives you a four-letter
preference type, which provides you with a greater understanding of how you
shape your actions and behaviours, as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
For example, the potential strengths of someone with an ISTJ preference type
knowledge and expertise
to take risks.
Once you know your MBTI result, you can use the findings to
help you identify answers to questions such as:
- Where do
I want to be in one year? Five years? Ten years?
- What do
I want to be doing on a day-to-day basis?
type of working environment do I feel most comfortable in?
kind of people do I enjoy working with?
motivates me to do my best?
The majority of jobs will have core elements that may suit
certain MBTI types. For example, an accountant position in one company may
require someone with attention to detail, an objective, fact-based and
organised way of working (potentially attractive to someone with ISTJ
preferences). However, in a different
organisation, the role may require consultation with clients, problem-solving
and developing innovative solutions (potentially more attractive to someone
with ENTJ preferences).
The more information you can gather about ‘who you are’, the
better equipped you are to assess potential opportunities against your
If you are interested in learning more about your MBTI type,
please contact your regional Personal Development Manager (PDM).