Personality and Career Path: Are They Homogenous? A Myers-Briggs Discussion


It’s time to have a little bit of think. A think to way back when to the time when you were sitting there in high school, in front of your career counsellor. You might well remember that they gave you some questionnaires to fit out, asking various questions about your interests, ways to describe yourself, and your strengths. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is somewhat like one of those questionnaires that you filled in – designed to lead you on a journey of self-discovery.

What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)?

The MBTI is a questionnaire, that when filled in correctly, gives you an idea about your own personality based on four distinct dichotomies – Intuition vs Sensing, Introversion vs Extraversion, Feeling vs Thinking, and Perception vs Judging. Together, these make up 16 distinct personality types, as based and built upon the work of famed psychologist Carl Jung.

The test itself can be performed by an accredited adjudicator or psychologist, although less accurate versions of the test live on in online quizzes.

So what does my MBTI say about my career path?

Your MBTI can give you some sort of indication about what careers may be good for you to go into. For instance, the ISTJ, or Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging type is highly associated with software engineers. Each type has professions that appear “natural” for the sort of personality described by your MBTI. In fact, the types are labeled as such, like “The Entertainer” in the case of the ESFP, or “The Architect” for the INTJ. If you are considering a new career path it may help to do some personality testing to see which way you might like to lean.

Is Myers Briggs reliable?

While Myers-Briggs can be a useful tool in discovering things about yourself, it is by no means prescriptive or infallible – in fact, many who take the test can find that they come up with a different personality type if they re-sit the test at a later date. Think of MBTI more as a guide – and take it with a grain of salt and don’t let it be a guiding principle of who you are. Although fun and insightful, the tests have been discredited to some degree in current psychological theory, and replaced with other models of personality.

Explore Myers Briggs for yourself!

Here are some resources you might find helpful to explore Myers Briggs personality types and find some insight into your own personality and what it means for your career:

The Myers Briggs Foundation

16 Personalities

Celebrity Types

Remember that only approved online quizzes will give you a truly accurate result.

If you are thinking about side stepping in your career or wondering whether you should stay on the same path, why not have a chat with one of our recruiters? We work with people like you every day to help determine which careers would make a good fit for you given your personality and set of personal circumstances. Reach out to us as or by phone on 02 9236 4500.


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