So you already believe in the value of a good career assessment. What can taking the Myers Briggs Type Instrument do to help you with that assessment–and with getting you on the road to real career satisfaction? In other words, what can you expect from your MBTI results, and how can they assist your career development? First, remember that the instrument is a measure of normal personality types, and not a tool for diagnosing any abnormalities. (Therefore, you need not fear that your results will reveal an obsessive compulsive disorder or issues with your mother; you may well have abnormalities, but this tool is not designed to and will not uncover them.)
Your MBTI type will be indicated by a combination of four letters, each letter representing your preference in one of the four dichotomies. Each of those preferences tells you something about yourself. Do you interact with the world and focus your energies toward the outer world of people and things, or toward the inner world of your own thoughts? (E/I) Do you trust your five senses and the “here and now” when you take in information and stimuli, or do you rely on meanings in patterns, possibilities, and your “hunches?” (S/N) Do you make decisions objectively, by analyzing the impersonal logic and data involved, or do you put yourself into the situation and make the decision that is most consistent with your own values and with what you think is important to the other people affected? (T/F) Finally, as you move through your day, do you prefer to spend more time and energy in the “perceiving” stage of behavior—taking in and considering data, remaining open to possibilities for as long as possible, or do you prefer to take in and consider only the necessary information, put closure on your choices and move on to the next thing? (J/P)
In addition to completing the written instrument, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the different dichotomies to be sure you have identified your preferences. Many people take some time to decide on one or more of their letters; this is one of the ways we can work with you in our consulting sessions. Eventually, you will have an individual letter for each preference pair, and your four-letter combination is your MBTI personality type. What does this do for you?
Knowing each of your preferences and your overall combination provides insight into how your personality type has affected your career choices, successes and disappointments. It can and should inform the strategic development of your next steps as well. If you are thinking about overall career direction – either because you are just beginning your career or because you are looking to change it in some way – you can use what you know about your personality type, along with an assessment of your values, talents and interests, to explore opportunities and possibilities. There is no one right or wrong career or position for any given personality type, so your type does not limit what avenues you should pursue. It provides information about your strengths and your “stretches.” In addition, even if you are not considering a career change, you can use what you know about your type to help you improve your performance in your current organization and position. In depth MBTI consulting can help you maximize your on the job satisfaction and success.