Have you heard that question, yet?
Do you have an answer for that question?
The best way to have an answer to that nagging question is to envision what you want to be when you have graduated. Think about the purpose of your education. What do you want to do? What will make you most happy?
MBTI personalities can guide individuals in answering this question.
Directing (ST) and Careers:
- Are logical and practical
- Want to know detailed expectations for completing tasks and projects up front
- Place value on having, knowing, and consistently following standard operating procedures for tasks that are to be repeated
- Want to know the bottom line and get things done in the most efficient, simple way possible… no fuss, no muss.
- May struggle to adjust to change that seems unneeded and/or happens quickly
- Might struggle with interaction in emotionally charged situations and considering others’ emotions
Relating (SF) and Careers:
- Are people-oriented and practical
- Want to know detailed expectations for completing tasks and helping others up front
- Place value on consistency, harmony, and good relationships in their environment
- Want to help people get through their days as comfortably and with as little difficulty as possible
- May take criticism too personally
- Might avoid conflict to preserve harmony, even when conflict may improve the situation in the end
Visioning (NT) and Careers:
- Are logical and idea-focused
- Want to know the gist of what is expected, while having room to design their own, logical systems and carry their visions
- Place great value on competence, expertise, and the logical soundness of ideas
- Want to critique and improve ideas and strategies, with an eye on the big picture and sound models
- May struggle to see ideas, realities, and details that do not fit with their visions, systems, and plans
- Might struggle with interaction in emotionally charged situations and taking the emotions of others into account
Valuing (NT) and Careers:
- Are people-oriented and idea-focused
- Want to know the gist of what is expected, while having room to do things in their own way, while helping others
- Place great value on genuineness, empowerment, and meaning in work and in life
- Want to help others find their passions and reach their potential, while allowing others’ voices and opinions to be heard
- May take criticism overly personally
- Might miss details and current realities while carrying out their own ideas and working towards desired change
Tracy Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband and spirited long-haired miniature dachshunds. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passion is teaching, researching, studying and enjoying time with her family. She has published several titles, including MBTI Learning Styles: A Practical Approach. Courses available on learning styles and student success at: Udemy, Teachable or Thinkific.