This factor is pretty straightforward to understand – it is either you like working withpeople or you do not. People who have high Energy scores are bubbly, active, and are eager tomeet and interact with people, even with those they do not know. They make goodsalespersons because normally people can tell whether someone is a people-person or not. Incontrast, there are people who are reserved and quiet. They prefer to think about the thoughtsrunning in their minds rather than talk to others. These people, with low Energy scores, arepeople who prefer not to be around large groups of people. One of the most important keys ininterpreting the Career Profile is not to think that high scores for a factor means that you aregood in it and vice versa.
It is not about being good or bad at something, it is about whether youare type A or type B (just like blood). Different people (companies) will need different types of blood.
Thus, high scores for Energy means you like to interact and communicate with people.But having low scores does not mean you do not like to and you are bad at communicatingand interacting. You just prefer not. It is good to have the best of both worlds, but sometimes, the extreme is needed as well.There are certain occupations that require one to work in solitude without having any or littleinteraction with others, e.g. security officers and astronauts. If everyone is supposed to enjoymeeting people, then no one will be filling such vacancies. Surely you have wondered howthese people can endure the feeling of being alone for long periods. Well, maybe they just likeit that way.On the other hand, some companies do require those who are able to sustain the good feelingof meeting people all the time. When was the last time you really want to meet someone you just saw and had the opportunity to do so? The first conversation that was full withenthusiasm and interest? Can you do it all the time and to everyone you meet? If you can,then there are plenty of companies who would like to hire you right now!To be continued…There are three more factors to come in the forms of
Affirmation, Knowledge, andSustainability.
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2. Understanding the PEAKS Factors, Part II
by K.L. Ang
In Part I, we discussed about how the first two factors in PEAKS - Purpose and Energy - playtheir roles in determining your career growth and direction. Purpose denotes your tendency tobe rigid and organize or flexible and spontaneous. Energy, on the other hand, signifies yourpreference to either working in groups or in solitude.