In Part 1 of this series, we went over how to figure yourself out via various online personality tests. This part we’re going to try and figure out what the results of those tests mean and what to do from there.
Most likely everyone is going to go about this differently. I’m going to give you the steps that I took to figure this out for myself.
Figure Out Which Test Results Fit You Best
This is all up to you. Out of the three tests I talked about in the last post, I decided that the Myers-Briggs or 16 Personalities test was the most accurate for me. I very much fit the INFJ definition the most, and the things I don’t, I want to become.
One thing that I kept coming back to when trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life is that I wanted to “help” people. I didn’t know how or why or through which medium I would do so, I just knew I wanted to help.
Turns out that’s pretty spot on for the INFJ “The Advocate” personality.
INFJs indeed share a unique combination of traits: though soft-spoken, they have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in. They are decisive and strong-willed, but will rarely use that energy for personal gain – INFJs will act with creativity, imagination, conviction and sensitivity not to create advantage, but to create balance. Egalitarianism and karma are very attractive ideas to INFJs, and they tend to believe that nothing would help the world so much as using love and compassion to soften the hearts of tyrants. [x]
Take a look at the results of all of your personality tests. Does one of them stand out to you? Is there one you resonate with the most?
Research Your Preferred Personality
Take that personality and research it more. What are the common careers for that personality? What are the pros and cons? Strengths and weaknesses? Understanding these can help you better understand yourself.
Strengths and Weaknesses
For me, the INFJ has strengths and weaknesses that fit me pretty damn well.
- Inspiring and Convincing
- Determined and Passionate
- Extremely Private
- Always Need to Have a Cause
- Can Burn Out Easily
The weaknesses are spot on. I’m incredibly sensitive and I think that is my biggest asset and biggest weakness. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve also been a bigger advocate for self-care lately, and that’s definitely because I burn out relatively easily compared to others.
Figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are according to the personality test you took. Do they match up? How accurate are they? Most likely they are and that can help you better understand yourself a little more.
Most personality tests tend to have a section for career paths. If yours doesn’t, you can easily google your preferred test result and “careers”. For me, Myers-Briggs tend to be pretty popular with careers and some companies have new employees take these tests to better understand them.
I found a list of career paths for INFJ’s at Truity.com. I’m not surprised at all to see health care, psychology, and school counselor as options for career paths. All of these are things I’ve thought about in the past, but I haven’ pursued do to various reasons including the debt I’d need to accrue for more schooling, knowing my depression and anxiety could hinder my ability to perform well, and not wanting to deal with the administration end of things (I’m looking at you ridiculous school district standards!).
Is There Something That You Keep Thinking Of?
Is there something that keeps creeping up when you try to think about what you want to do? It doesn’t matter if it’s abstract, an emotion, a general feeling, or something other than a concrete career or decision.
What is that? How can you incorporate that into your life?
Going back to me wanting to help. While I would love to go into the medical field, I’m still a bit burnt out from my undergrad and don’t think I could handle going back to school for something as intense as the medical field. I also know that I don’t have the personality traits to deal with something as fast paced as medicine.
So how do I go about helping people in my spare time? It finally clicked with me:
I decided that if I wanted to help people, and my best way of communication is through text, then my blog is the perfect way to go about that! Hence I started things back up and have been pretty consistent in posting and keeping things up to date.
If you have a feeling like this, don’t ignore it! Get to google and find ways you can turn this into a career or make it part of a hobby. I don’t mind my day job so I’m more than happy to help people in my spare time. Technically, I’m helping people at work as I’m part of a recruiting agency that helps people find jobs!
What do you think of Part 2? Did this help you out? Are there any other steps you would take? Which personality test best matched up with you?
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