I’m at one of the awkward stages in life where I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. I’m floating along with the way things are going, making attempts to do something different and not getting very far with diverting off course.
Lots of my friends are at university, going to university, have finished university, in their “forever jobs”… They’re on track. Then, there’s me – and I know I’m not alone – trying to work out what to do, trying to work out The Plan. This September I was planning to go to university, but that’s fallen through. At work, I’m on a zero-hour contract and, though I like my job, I can’t stay on a zero-hour contract forever. And then there are all sorts of other doors that feel like they’re closing, or I’ve walked away from opportunities.
Anyway, so I’ve been trying to work out what to do, and I realised that I don’t really know what I want to do right now. There are options, but there are too many options. When someone gives you a list of 1000 things you could do and each of them makes you think “Yeah, maybe I could do that,” then which one do you choose to try out?
A couple of months ago, I was spending a lot of time thinking about what do to, and my brother sent me a link to a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test.
Check out www.16personalities.com to take the test.
I’m INFJ personality type, aka “The Advocate”. INFJ stands for: introverted, intuitive, feeling and judging – meaning, I like spending time on my own or 1-to-1, I’m imaginative, I like helping people, and I like rules and guidelines (I’m not so sure about this one because I keep changing between judging and perceiving (INFP) when I take the test).
Side note: I’ve just read that most INFJs often don’t know what to do with their lives at whatever age – so it’s down to my personality type, not just a complete lack of direction!
Once you have your results from the test, you can then use your 4-letter personality type to find out what careers you might be most suited to. INFJs are apparently best in helping and/or creative roles. There you go. That narrows down the job search to just a few thousand titles at least.
But the MBTI results can also help you to learn more about yourself when it comes to relationships, family, your strengths, working environments, etc. The website www.16personalities.com is really good for breaking down your personality type and how get the most out of it.
I’d really recommend checking it out!