What Kind Of Job Suits Your Personality?
By: Karin Eldor, Monster Contributing Writer
Just like people can be a better match according to their personalities, a job can also be the right fit for you. The most amazing part? You might not realize how many careers out there are perfectly suited to your personality – jobs that maybe even did not cross your mind!
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the careers you may have overlooked at the start of your job search, or those you may still be considering if you feel it’s time for a change.
Small disclaimer: these are meant as a way to inspire you if you’re looking for a job or a new career path; they are not based on fact or concrete studies.
You are an introvert: a shy person; to direct (the mind, one's interest, etc.) partly to things within the self.
Do you like to keep to yourself throughout the day and generally “do your thing”? Then a career in IT, web development or computer programming could be your cup of tea.
There are many careers out there in which interaction with coworkers or clients is minimal, while analytical reasoning remains high: other possibilities include an accountant, business administrator, or even something like an actuary (a person in insurance who computes premium rates, dividends, risks, etc., according to probabilities based on statistical records). This one’s especially appealing to the number crunchers!
You are an extrovert: a person concerned more with external reality than inner feelings.
You are a classic people person– way at the other extreme of the introvert. If you can’t get enough of chatting to people, then you’ll want to aim for a career where a lot of human interaction is not only necessary, but helps you thrive on the job!
Have you ever considered a career in public relations? There are many angles to PR, ranging from a company spokesperson to an event planner, both of which rank high on the scale of socializing while on the job. Marketing and Merchandising might also require you to socialize and meet with many people while on the job, hence fulfilling your desire for human interaction.
If gabbing with others all day is really your bag, then consider a job in sales, on either a corporate or store level .
Anything customer service-related may fulfill your desire to socialize, even perhaps working as an esthetician, in hospitality, or any job that puts you at the front lines with people.
You are looking for lifestyle / family balance:
For parents juggling full-time work or those simply looking for a healthy work-life balance, there are several careers tailored to meet your needs. Specialty careers are usually in high demand because you require a lot of training at the college level: I’m referring to industries like speech therapy, nutrition, and maybe even counseling. This is the type of career you need to prepare for academically, but I’ve heard many a mom exclaim that she wished she knew about that type of career when she was in school – so If you’re still a student, think about it. Being a nutritionist or speech therapist for example can lend itself to having a private practice or working part-time, an amazing way to maintain a healthy lifestyle while balancing a steady career.
You’ve always been interested in medicine:
Have you always wanted to be a doctor but didn’t go to medical school for one reason or another? Careers such as a physiotherapy or even occupational therapy require extensive training but fulfill the desire to work with medical concepts.
You’ve caught the travel bug:
If you can’t get enough of traveling, then a career in Merchandising could be for you. As a corporate buyer, you’re often tasked with traveling to markets such as Europe and Asia, and although you’re not necessarily traveling for leisure, it’s a great way to see the world. Other possible careers for the constant wanderer include working in hospitality (there are many certificate programs in hospitality) or as a flight attendant; both allow you the option to travel or even transfer to a different city within a hotel company’s chain, for example.
Career wise, there are really different strokes for different folks – it’s all a matter of figuring out what you enjoy doing most and finding your calling, no matter what stage of the job search you find yourself in!