Have you ever wondered why certain personality types excel in certain kinds of jobs? They excel largely because of how they are wired to think. Thinking styles reflect the different ways people see the world. More importantly, how you think, understand and remember information is a good way to gage which career you’d be happy with.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is my favorite tool to assess the four dimensions of personality type. In this blog post, you’ll learn how you can use MBTI to match thinking styles to work styles for greater job satisfaction.
Understanding Thinking Styles
How do you see the world? Whether you see the world as a sensor or as an intuitive can determine how you find your career fit.
Sensors enjoy working with concrete things like people, data, and machines. My husband is a sensor. As a civil engineer, he oversees construction and maintenance of New Jersey roads and bridges. In his day-to-day work, he uses precision instruments and software to inspect transportation project sites.
Sensors focus on experience learned through the five senses. My husband’s job depends on his ability to process the facts to ensure that safety and sanitation standards are met. My husband's job depends on his ability to process the facts to ensure safety. Click To Tweet As a civil engineer, my husband trusts concrete information he can observe, measure and document.
Intuitives enjoy working with abstract things like theories, ideas, and possibilities. I’m an intuitive. My job depends on my ability to interpret the facts and glean insight from them. Click To Tweet As a coach, I use career development theory to help young adults discover an authentic and affordable college to career path.
Intuitives focus on concepts. Happiness and fit are two abstract concepts central to my work as a career coach and college consultant. In my line of work, one person’s dream job is another person’s nightmare. Likewise, a school that makes a perfect fit for one person can be perfectly wrong for another. That’s because when it comes to college and career fit, one-size does not fit all. As a coach and consultant, I trust my hunches and inspirations to help individuals find their fit.
Which of these thinking styles describes you?
People, like my husband, who prefer sensing tend to process information through the five senses. Sensors focus on the here and now. People, like me, who prefer intuition tend to process information from patterns and the big picture. Intuitives focus on future possibilities.
If you prefer to deal with the hard facts and what you know, your preference is for sensing. If you prefer to deal with ideas and the unknown, your preference is for intuition.
Appreciating Thinking Styles
The truth is, we all use one thinking style more successfully than the other. For example, sensors are best at noticing and remembering many facts. Intuitives, on the other hand, excel at interpreting facts.
As a civil engineer, my husband trusts his five senses to give him accurate information about the real world. As a career coach, I trust my intuition more than my other five senses. Click To Tweet How about you?
Do you trust in your five senses or your intuition?
Not sure. I can help. Contact me to take your MBTI assessment online and discover your place in the world of work. You’ll learn what you might like to do; where you might like to work; and how you might like to work and learn. Best of all, you’ll learn how to appreciate thinking styles.
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- Do What You Are – The bestselling guide to finding career success and satisfaction through Personality Type is now thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated. The book leads readers step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying Personality Type. This is the source I used in this post to give you an overview of thinking styles.