Feb 26th 2021
Can the Myers-Briggs personality test help match grads with their dream job?
Have you ever heard a friend or family member describe themselves as an INTJ or an ENFP and wondered what they are talking about and what it all means? What they are referring to is the Myers-Briggs test.
But what is the Myers-Briggs personality test you may ask?
The Myers-Briggs Personality test or MBTI is an inventory of 16 different personality types. It breaks down the personality types to extroverts (E) or introverts (I), sensors (S) or intuitives (I), thinkers (T) or feelers (F), and judgers (J) or perceivers (P), and in turn allocates each personality type a four-letter acronym completed using a questionnaire. Each different personality type has its own strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. All the different personality types are equal, and no one is better than the other. Myers-Briggs was created by Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs and is now the most used psychological tool in the world!
So how can the Myers-Briggs personality test help match grads find their dream job?
After existing in a bubble of nights out, partying and studying of course, venturing into the world of employment can seem daunting. Here at Gradfuel we have identified that over 90% of graduates are uncertain about what career to go into after graduating. Grads who are in this predicament can use the test as a useful tool to learn more about themselves and what careers would suit their personality the greatest. It can also help grads recognise which career would satisfy their preferences.
The Myers-Briggs test can also help grads who know what sector they wish to work in but not sure on the specific area, because a grad who studied medicine isn’t going to go into law or business after all. For example, a grad who has a more introverted personality type like the INTJ, INTP or ISTJ may be more suited and happier in a research role and can then look for grad roles in this area. On the other hand, a grad with a more extraverted personality type like the ENFP, ENTJ or ESFP may favour an area where they have more interaction with people.
It can also help grads who find themselves in the wrong job explore the reasons why and find solutions.
So, once a grad has taken the Myers-Briggs test, what examples exist for career options that would suit each personality type?
Overall, yes, the Myers-Briggs personality test can help grads choose their dream job. However, it is also important to remember that the Myers-Briggs test shouldn’t be used as the holy grail in deciding a specific job a grad should apply for, but it still is an extremely helpful tool. Other factors should also be taken into account, for instance, do you have the right skills? Your salary expectations and competitiveness of that particular field.
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Written by Charlotte Kitromilides, Modern Languages and Linguistics Graduate from the University of Southampton.