How to Find the Right Career Based on Personality

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Finding the right career is never easy and usually involves trial-and-error and frustration before the perfect fit materializes. Although many people seek jobs that suit their skill set, there is a strong case that suggests your personality is just as important in your quest to find employment. If you're looking for work based around your personality, you'll need to be prepared to adapt your skills -- perhaps one of the biggest challenges you'll face.

  • Study your own personality before using it as a benchmark for what career you should choose, as many people can be oblivious to their personality. Be self-analytical and try to understand your psychological profile; this will enable you to make an informed choice with respect to your career path. In addition, don't underestimate the contribution of family and friends -- nobody knows you as well as they do.

  • Take your skills into account. Sometimes, people of a certain personality type may specialize in a career which doesn't appear to suit their personality, for instance a highly creative, talkative person may be skilled at accountancy as opposed to acting or art. In this case, it would be wise to balance personality with skill and find a career which satisfies both extremes. Research shows choosing a career based on your personality or skills alone usually leads to low job satisfaction.

  • Consult career guidance specialists. They will have an idea of the steps to follow in order to get your dream job -- and, more importantly, they'll explain the pitfalls of making the wrong decision. This would be the right time to conduct self-assessment tests to further point you in the right direction.

  • Ensure you don't sacrifice your interests in the name of personality. Sometimes, hobbies can be transformed into an enjoyable career, regardless of personality or skills. In fact, a hobby could be described as an ideal combination of something you enjoy doing allied with something at which you're skilled -- photography, for instance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be wary of following the advice of snap online polls, some of which claim to know which career path you should follow based on a 5 minute personality test. Your choice of career is too important to entrust to anybody except yourself.

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