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Personality and Jobs – Finding the perfect match

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When I was in primary school,  I wanted to become a teacher. I practised day and night with my reluctant enthusiastic family. Things changed a few years later. I wanted to become a journalist. A sports journalist. Only to realise that as an introvert who was a tad anxious around public speaking and new people, this profession was probably not the best option. Fortunately for me, I found psychology. Even though I wasn’t initially sure I’d made the right decision, 5 years in the profession has shown me I haven’t made a mistake.

Working as a psychologist suits me perfectly. While I am an introvert, I still am a people-person and couldn’t imagine working behind a computer all day. My profession is perfect for me in that regards as I work in a small team and one-on-one with clients. Yes, we do have a lot of paperwork but at the end of the day, I get to work with some interesting individuals. The other thing about the job that suits my personality is that no client is the same. Each anxiety disorder, each presentation of depression, every trauma — it all differs from one person to the next. After all, every human being is unique. Finally, the thing about psychology is the ability to problem solve, engage in critical thinking and sometimes have to think outside the box. All of which have been a part of my personality for a long time. My parents can vouch for ability to think critically and question almost everything. To the point of being bloody annoying as a child! And of course, as most psychologists will tell you, we are a neurotic bunch. And hey, I am a poster child for that!

Sadly though, not everyone chooses a profession or job that suits their personality.

Take my best friend from high school as an example. Coming from a culture where almost everyone got into IT, medicine or engineering, she did what was expected and entered the IT field. She is still in the same field but has told me more than once how she wishes she had had the guts to stand up to her parents like I did and do something else. She is a huge people-person and an extrovert and finds sitting behind a computer doing data-stuff {yes, that’s my technical term for whatever IT people do!} and projects a tad boring. She once wished she’d done human resources or event management. And you know what, I reckon she’d be pretty damn good at it!

I know there are tests to match your personality and the job that suits you as well as the profession you should be in. I’m not sure how accurate they are.

In the end, my personal view is that your personality with shine through if you are passionate about what you do. At the same time, the more passionate you are, the more you will grow and the more your personality is likely to change. I know I have become way more confident and assertive over the years. I am no longer as anxious about public speaking and can present to groups of people. To the point where I reckon  I could possibly become that journalist I once wanted to be. {Except seeing how some journalists work these days I am so glad I’m not one!}

Do you think your personality matches with your profession or job? How did you know what suited you best?

Do share!

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Vivienne
    August 31, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I know for sure I’m not cut out for tech jobs or corporate jobs. I Think I’ve chosen right, but I’m not too sure yet. Maybe, like you, five years on, I’ll be able to tell if I’m on the right career path 🙂 I’d wanted to be a veterinarian for the longest time…until all those zoology hours in 11th and 12th grade revealed how much anatomy and physiology I’d have to cram, and animals I’d have to dissect, till I got there. That’s when I switched to the “other” option on my list 🙂
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  • Vivienne
    August 31, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I know for sure I’m not cut out for tech jobs or corporate jobs. I Think I’ve chosen right, but I’m not too sure yet. Maybe, like you, five years on, I’ll be able to tell if I’m on the right career path 🙂 I’d wanted to be a veterinarian for the longest time…until all those zoology hours in 11th and 12th grade revealed how much anatomy and physiology I’d have to cram, and animals I’d have to dissect, till I got there. That’s when I switched to the “other” option on my list 🙂
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  • R's Mom
    September 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    No no no, I dont think I am in a job that matches my personality…I guess, I am not exactly an extrovert, but I would love to be in a job that lets me write..unfortunately, I just do a lot of number crunching and data analysis 🙁

  • R's Mom
    September 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    No no no, I dont think I am in a job that matches my personality…I guess, I am not exactly an extrovert, but I would love to be in a job that lets me write..unfortunately, I just do a lot of number crunching and data analysis 🙁

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