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- Class Lesson: Lesson 9: Personality and Career Choice

Lesson 9: Personality and Career Choice


Lesson Summary: This lesson focuses on matching your career choice and personality, why it
matters, and self-efficacy.

Personality and Career Choice

"Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." -- Confucius

One of the greatest assets in understanding your own personality is when it comes to career
choice. When you think about the number of hours in your life that you will spend at work, it is
important to make sure that you enjoy what you do. Understanding your personality type can help
match you with a career that you will like rather than loathe.

Career Examples and Exploration

Now that you have identified what your own personality type is, you can do some online searches
for that type and career information. Doing this will provide lists of information and suggested
careers that someone with your personality type would enjoy.

Matching your personality to your career is important if you want to have job satisfaction and
succeed in what you do. For example, let us say you are someone that is an introvert, meaning
that you would prefer to work alone and do not care for all the stimulation of working in a loud and
busy atmosphere. In this case, you would not be happy with a career being a restaurant server,
public relations agent, or working in other positions that put you in contact with many people.

On the other hand, extroverts will find themselves extremely bored and unfulfilled in a position in
which they work alone and do not get opportunities to interact with others. At the same time,
introverts may find they are over-stressed and unhappy in a position that has them working with
the public or around many people on a regular basis. Because of this, it is important to match

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one's personality with a career. It will help increase job satisfaction, performance, and chances for
success.

A good site to get an idea of ideal careers for your personality type can be found at the
PersonalityPage.com site here: [reference]

Interesting Tidbits

Are you an introvert? Check out this list of the top 25 careers for introverts:

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Extroverts can find suggested careers here:

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The Importance of Self-efficacy

How much do you believe in yourself and your ability to achieve? That is what self-efficacy is
about: the belief in your capabilities in being able to achieve goals or a specific outcome. While
you may have not been familiar with this term, it has been a big part of your life.

Self-efficacy influences the efforts you put forth, the choices you make, whether you are
persistent when challenges arise, and how you feel about things. One's self-efficacy develops
from a variety of places, including:

Verbal persuasion: This refers to the things people say to us. If you receive compliments about
the way you do things, you will grow to feel that you can achieve your goals or the tasks that
need doing. If you receive verbal messages that you do not measure up, you will have difficulty
reaching your goals because you will not believe in yourself enough.

Mastery experience: This is the most powerful source of building self-efficacy. It comes as a
result of someone achieving something. Once people see firsthand that they are capable of doing
things and reaching goals, their self-efficacy increases.

Vicarious experience: This boost in self-efficacy comes as a result of watching someone else
you know succeed at something or reach a goal. It makes you feel as though if that person can
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do it, so can you.

Emotional state: The emotional state or mood that someone is in will impact his or her self-
efficacy. If someone is in a good mood, that person will feel better able to achieve things. People
who feel down or worried do not feel they can reach their goals.

Helpful Tools

Interested in learning more about self-efficacy? Log on here to find an overview, how it differs
from confidence, effects on beliefs, and more:

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Moving Ahead

In this lesson, you learned how matching your personality type to your career is not only
beneficial but easier to do than you may have thought. You also learned about self-efficacy. This
may be especially helpful if you find that you often doubt your abilities. If you have an idea of how
you may have come to believe that, you can now identify the problem and work to make changes.

When it comes to using personality development information in choosing a career, it is important


to note that you could also use it to help other people find the right career. If learning about
personalities interests you, then you may want to consider a career in that field. Many people who
are looking for assistance in choosing the right career seek out such coaches and services. Your
job would be to gather information about their personality and make appropriate suggestions as
to where they would do well.

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