I recently completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) questionnaire here at Vic Careers. It’s a self report questionnaire used to measure and describe people’s preferences on how they like to get information and make decisions.

After completing the questionnaire you assess yourself to work out what personality type you think you might be – there are 16 possibilities in all –  before getting the official results. Your type preferences will either be clear, moderate or slight, and it is possible for people to identify with a couple of types if their preferences are slight. Being aware of all the different types can help you understand not only yourself better but other people who think and act differently to you.

The literature that you receive on your type is incredibly interesting. Among other things it takes you through steps to evaluating and researching your career options. This type of information is invaluable when you are needing some direction. I received information on popular career options for my type, work related strengths and weaknesses, and pathways to career success and satisfaction.

I also received information on how my type sets goals, gathers information, makes contact and makes decisions.  It followed on with potential obstacles and tips for how to improve the way I explore those processes.

All in all I found it fascinating. Of course the information will not describe every person equally well but you can look at the elements in order of their importance to you.

I do believe this is a worthwhile exercise and certainly can help with finding or confirming the right career for you. Once you are in that amazing job, being aware of your own type and what type your colleagues may be can be very insightful.

When you understand your type preferences, you can approach your own work in a manner that best suits your style, including how you manage your time, problem solving, best approaches to decision making, and dealing with stress. Knowledge of type can help you deal with the culture of the place you work, the development of new skills, understanding your participation on teams, and coping with change in the workplace.

More information about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can be found at: http://www.myersbriggs.org/. If you’re a current student it’s free to take the questionnaire at Vic Careers, either in an appointment or workshop. If you’re an unwaged VUW graduate within one year of completing your study the cost is $50. For other VUW graduates the cost is $100.

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