A number of factors, which include the compatibility of one’s strengths and capabilities to job specifications and the workplace environment, influence the success in one’s vocation. Therefore, as budding professionals, it is highly important for us to assess our strengths, abilities, traits, and characteristics to help us in determining if we are following the right career path and if we have something to contribute professionally to our chosen field. For this learning activity, we took different types of tests to assess our temperament, personality, and abilities and interests. The results of the assessments follow.
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter-II (KTS II) is a self-assessment tool that helps individuals determine their personality based on four different temperaments – artisan, guardian, rational, and idealist. The four different temperament groups define shared traits and characteristics by individuals. Under each temperament group, there are four different character types, which serve as cues to ideal professions based on the personality type of individuals. Artisan types are promoters, crafters, performers, and composers. Guardian types are supervisors, inspectors, providers, and protectors. Rational types are field marshals, masterminds, inventors, and architects. Idealists are teachers, counselors, champions, and healers (The Keirsey Temperament Sorter, 2012).
After taking the KTS II, I discovered that I am an Idealist Counselor (INFJ). Idealists “speak mostly of what they hope for and imagine might be possible for people” (Overview of the Four Temperaments, 2012). Moreover, idealists aim to achieve their goals while making sure that they exhibit moral judgment and ethics along the way. The portrait of an Idealist Counselor, on the other hand, describes counselors as having “an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential” (Idealist Portrait of the Counselor, 2012).
Typefocus (2012) also provides a self-assessment tool for online users to determine their personality types. During assessment, individuals select words that describe them or sound appealing to them. After taking the test, I discovered that my personality type is INTP (also known as Introverted Thinking with Extraverted Intuition). Based on the personality profile on Typefocus, INTPs work well in situations requiring problem-solving capabilities. Observing ethics and applying good moral judgment are highly important for INTPs so they value honesty. Moreover, they aim to discover facts and truths, value knowledge, integrity and accountability, and work well independently. A noteworthy aspect of the Typefocus self-assessment is the similarity of the result to that of the KSII assessment. Both the KSII and Typefocus assessment results reveal that I highly value honesty, integrity, accountability and reliability, the observance of ethics, and display of good moral judgment.
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While the KS-II and Typefocus assessments aim to measure the personality types and traits of individuals, the Career Planner test helps individuals determine their abilities and interests. After taking the test, I discovered that I would be able to apply my knowledge, skills, and competencies better in jobs related to administrating. The test revealed that my interest lies in administrating because I prefer activities that would allow me to obtain and analyze information. Administrators also “like to create systems that organize their world so that there is a process that governs all activity” (Career Path, 2012). Moreover, administrators are good in managing other people fairly and diplomatically, helping them to realize their potential so they can contribute to the organization. Administrators are interested in highly organized, complex, critical, and analytical activities such as record keeping, noting and discovering facts, analyzing statistics, and personality management. Career choices include “Accountant, Compliance Officer, Historian, Financial Management, Administration, Auditor, Researcher, Office Management, and Computer Science”.
The results of the Career Planner test are also consistent with the results of the KS-II and Typefocus assessments. The KS-II test describes INFJ as nurturing individuals who are highly interested in contributing to the wellbeing of other people. Hence, INFJ are idealist counselors who desire to help other people succeed by sharing their knowledge, skills, experience, and rational views and perspectives with other people. The Career Planner test describes the administrators, as individuals who want to take on management roles, so they can help other people unlock their inner potential. The desire to help other people is a strong reflection of my inner desire to follow what God has designed for me to do. Being kind and compassionate to other people – one’s “neighbor” – is a prevalent theme in the Word of God. Moreover, loving and caring for other people is one of God’s commandments to His children. Thus, as someone wanting to develop cognitive abilities, skills, competencies, and traits through learning, so I can apply it in the workplace to not only contribute to the organization, but also help colleagues or subordinate succeed in their chosen field. I would say that it is proof of my willingness to follow the path God carved for me.
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Despite my strengths and capabilities, which match my current career path, the self-assessment tests also revealed my weaknesses, which I need to minimize so I could be an effective and productive individual in the workplace. One notable weakness is my inability to deal with other people well. I am an introvert and staying reserved or closed off to other people would prevent me from helping and guiding them as a counselor or administrator. Therefore, I would have to improve my interpersonal skills if I desire to become a good leader, counsel, and administrator. Moreover, I value organized workplace environments and processes. I work well when things are planned, and there is an existing system to follow. However, I do understand that sometimes, not all things in the workplace go according to plan. Hence, I must learn to deviate from routine every now and then and observe a certain amount of flexibility so I can learn to adjust when things are not going my way.
Overall, the self-assessment tests helped me understand myself better by defining and articulating personality traits and characteristics, as well as beliefs and values. Moreover, the results of the assessments helped me realize why I chose to follow the career path I had picked for myself, why I spend time doing things I am interested in, and why I tend to favor some situations over others. The results also helped me relate my traits, strengths, and capabilities to job requirements and specifications of my chosen field and consequently determine my weaknesses and shortcomings, and thus, what I need to do to minimize them to improve my performance.
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