Choosing an occupation is not an easy step because it may last a lifetime; therefore it should bring joy and fit you better than your favorite shoes. To buy good shoes you should choose the ones you like most and try them on, with a career trying on different jobs is too effort and time-consuming.
That is why self-assessment tools are gaining more and more popularity. Analyzing personality, values and interests may be useful for further career planning, and one of such useful tools is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument.
According to MBTI test, my result is ENTJ (Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging). Frankly, I was quite surprised to find out that the system determined my personality as extraverted, although I totally agree with the “intuitive” result.
Unlike the Sensing one, an Intuitive personality lives in the Future, not Now, and uses imagination instead of common sense, favors hints instead of facts – and that is just the way I am. For me it is always more important to imagine my life in the future – not to think of the daily errands. I like dreaming and theoretical living, not the way things really are. I enjoy trying new things, and living my life differently every day.
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The Introvert’s characteristics oppose those of an Extravert. The latter first acts and then thinks. I believe it is not applicable to me, at least in daily life. I tend to think over my projects, and implement my ideas properly. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, I may be impulsive sometimes. Still, the cases are too rare for impulsiveness to be considered my characteristic. And I do feel fine on my own, and often need some private time for studying or just relaxing. I also enjoy reflecting and shutting from the outside world. My mother had hard times trying to draw my attention to some specific issue at home, and always said my head is somewhere in the clouds. I also prefer one-to-one communication, and have a very limited circle of friends, so I completely disagree with the statement that I am an Extrovert. I am not a lone person, either. I prefer my living to be a well-balanced mix of personal development and socialization.
The results on the scale suggest I would be successful in communication of my ideas, in directing and managing the crowd. My type of personality is believed to be quite persuasive, so the best thing suggested is the salesmanship or story-telling facility. I was amused to notice stand up comedy among the spheres I could achieve success in. Among the famous ENTJs there are Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Letterman and Jim Carrey. I also cannot but mention Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon and Margaret Thatcher. A flattering team of individuals, I must admit. This may mean I could be a political leader, an opinion-maker and a popular person one day.
As for my future prospects, I plan to major in marketing. I believe the communication skills and the ability to persuade people would be useful in this area of activity. The test results have given me more self reliance. I am sure I will succeed in what I plan to do in the future, as long as I enjoy it and work hard.
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Butt, J. and Heiss, M. “Type Descriptions”. Typelogic. Retrieved on Apr 10, 2008 from http://typelogic.com/entj.html