Deciding on a career is daunting, especially when you’re not quite sure what you want to do for a living. To start you in the right direction, it might help to know your career personality type.
This flowchart asks you a few simple questions to help determine your work personality type. It’s based on University of Michigan psychology professor John Holland’s six personality traits, as well as his Theory of Career Choice. Western Reserve Public Media sums up the theory in these points:
- In our culture, most people are one of six personality types: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional.
- People with the same personality types work well together and reward behaviour that supports that personality type.
- There are six types of work environments: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional.
- People seek environments that match their skills and abilities and express their values and attitudes.
- People who work in environments that match their personality type are more likely to be successful and satisfied.
- Your workplace (or school) has an effect on how you act or work and on how comfortable you are in that environment.
The flowchart asks you questions about your preferences to eventually help you figure out which of the six personality types best describes you. It’s probably an oversimplified way to think about this theory, but I actually found it to be spot-on. At the least, it gives you a starting point to think about your likes, dislikes, and what kind of work might be best suited for you. Give it a try below.