I guess I'm a bit unusual because I've wanted to do biological research since high school, and even way back then I knew I wanted a PhD and a career in academia. I've never deviated (or considered deviating) from this path. But still, I always find these personality assessment tools fun to look at - particularly from a management perspective, so I know what my weak points are when it comes to dealing with employees and colleagues. However, my profiles on these things are never a surprise.
I am an ENTJ according to Myers-Briggs:
Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive system to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it onto others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.Yep, the MBTI has me down to a T. Inefficiency drives me insane. I set daily goals every morning, and I'm already filling in iCal events for 2015. The MBTI rated science and law as two of my top recommended career choices, and I was weighing exactly those two options in high school.
Some people in our group expressed skepticism (or resistance) to these type of personality assessments, but I think everyone should complete one at some point to gain some insight on their natural personality tendencies. The results can be eye-opening, particularly if you're looking to make a change or searching for the ideal career path.
We finished up with some recommended external readings:
- The Search Is Over (Chronicle of Higher Ed) - transitioning out of academia
- How to do an Informational Interview (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
- Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type (Amazon.com - book)