How Knowing Your Personality Type Can Improve Your Life

Since we spend the majority of our waking hours at work, career satisfaction is key to our overall happiness. Yet, until we are mid-career, many of us do not pause to consider our happiness and satisfaction with our life. We push forward to earn the accolades, annual raise and the next promotion. Day after day; year after year. Then one day, we wake up and realize we really do not enjoy our jobs. You know you deserve to be happy and feel the urge for a more rewarding career. Where do you start? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® personality inventory is a very useful tool to help you identify your ideal role – one that aligns with your strengths and how you operate best.

MBTI personality typesWho Should Take the MBTI®

As a Career Coach and certified MBTI® practitioner, I work with many mid- to late career professionals looking for more career satisfaction. The good news about us baby boomers working longer is that there is time to build a successful encore career. I reinvented myself mid-career and have never been happier. I want everyone to have the same career satisfaction and work tirelessly to help my clients achieve it!

The MBTI® offers:

  • Increased self-awareness
  • More job satisfaction
  • Healthier interpersonal relationships

Each of us has natural preferences regarding how we best learn, solve problems and get our energy. Often we have to flex and adapt to different ways of doing things at work and/or in our personal relationships. The most widely used personality assessment in the world, the MBTI® can help us to better understand ourselves, our natural strengths and potential areas for growth. It helps us articulate who we are and explains why we have conflicts with certain types of individuals, feel stress in certain situations, and do some things with ease. It also helps us to appreciate the differences between personality types, which can be the source of conflict and miscommunication.

We can use the Myers Briggs theory to identify the type of work that best suits our style, including how we manage our time, solve problems, make decisions and deal with stress.  All of which helps guide us in career selection. It can help leaders manage their teams through change and increase collaboration. There is no “perfect” type; no one type is better than another. A successful team needs to have a balance between big picture thinkers and people who see all the little details, people who are more methodical and those who “go with the flow”.

We are very complex beings, and while no one assessment can accurately describe us in our entirety, the MBTI® is a helpful tool as we clarify your career goals and the work culture in which you can thrive. The assessment is quick and easy to take, with the real value found in the interpretation of your results by a certified MBTI® practitioner, exploring the subtle nuances of the 4 dichotomies. My clients find it to be quite eye opening and quickly see the value in identifying their natural preferences. As I help them interpret their MBTI® results, this exercise increases their self-awareness and helps them lead more fulfilling lives. Does your career align with your natural preferences?

The owner of EDGE Career Solutions, Trish Thomas has been helping people develop the tools, strategies and confidence to build satisfying careers since 2009. A Career Coach, Resume Expert and Certified MBTI Practitioner, Trish helps her clients gain the competitive edge and guides them through the job search process to make it less overwhelming and more successful. Contact her today to see how she can help you achieve your career goals. (860) 658-6480 or trish.thomas@edgecareersolutions.com. Discover your EDGE.