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Putting Your Strengths to Work with Myers-Briggs

If you’ve ever been interviewed for a newspaper article, you know that personality is everything. While you may have won an essay contest, been awarded player of the game, or are creating an experiment about how to limit waste in the ocean, people usually ask you the same question: How did you do it? Behind the how of every question is also the motive; the why, which emphasizes your routine and work ethic. Your why is what highlights your personality and it depicts why you get out of bed each morning and what drives you to accomplish your goals. Harnessing your strengths within your personality could help you understand what you desire the most and ways that work best for you to make it happen.

With the help of the MBTI, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, you can better understand and reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. The MBTI works as a tool to help you understand your preferences, the way you think, and some of your hidden talents. The Myers-Briggs breaks down introversion versus extroversion, sensing versus intuitiveness, feeling versus thinking, and judging versus perceiving to help you identify your set of traits. Although the Myers-Briggs puts you into a category of four letters, it does not mean that you are limited by those letters. You have the potential to be all letters; however, the MBTI pinpoints by percentage the ones you prefer to illustrate how you are most likely to see the world and how you react to it.

As a result, the MBTI works as a utility for many purposes including business, which not only helps you reflect on some of the aspects of your personality, but it help direct you toward the qualities you prefer in a job. Within your set of letters are four functional preferences which you use to think. For example, the dominant function for the INTJ is introverted intuition, followed by extroverted thinking, introverted feeling, and extroverted sensing. The INTJ’s introverted intuition allows him to see patterns and plans of action clearly and make connections with information that is usually difficult to understand for most. Like the INTJ, the INFJ shares the similar dominant function of Introverted Intuition. They both are driven by their inner vision of the possibilities, are stimulated by difficulties, deeply discontented by routine jobs and behaviors, have profound insight into the deeper meanings of thing, and are intensely individualistic. Since INTJ’s possess “NT”, they tend to be a fit for jobs related to the sciences such as a surgeon, engineer, accountant, professor, architect, mathematician, and business manager. INFJ’s prefer jobs such as being a counselor, psychologist, writer, philosopher, theologian, and other health-related professions.

By learning these set of unique traits and dissecting how a personality type prefers to think and function, you can dive deep into knowing not only how you prefer to function, but how other personality types mix and match with your own. The MBTI assists you in creating direction for yourself in a career choice or job by highlighting the way it compliments your already unique personality.

The Career Center offers various tools for searching for your ideal career or job. The MBTI is certainly a great way to start! Come in today to see what other tools we can provide you in your job search. Please visit to take the Myers-Briggs test now. Counselors are in the Career Center to discuss your results!