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You and Your Career: Where Priscilla Is Today

Oct 10, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Discovering the career path that best matches your interests, values, and personality doesn’t always mean changing course. Sometimes it’s about reaffirming and reenergizing the path you are already on, as is the case for Priscilla....

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You’re Exaggerating

Oct 8, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 1 comment

Sometimes, despite our best intentions and efforts to manage stress, we can sense ourselves slipping in that direction. One of the first signs that we’re heading toward stress is that we start exaggerating the favorite part of our personality, known as your dominant function. Different types have different dominant functions, so every type starts to slip in its own unique way!

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You and Your Career: How I Answered the “Is This All There Is?” Call

Oct 2, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

In my mid-thirties, I was in a career that mostly matched the primary motivators of the middle letters of my type: NF. I had been a career counselor for the past decade and, at that moment, was managing a university career center that provided me with the opportunity to do what NF types love to do most— inspire, motivate, create, strategize, brainstorm, and envision. But something still felt missing...

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Have a Seat: J and P (How to manage stress once you’re actually in the interview)

Sep 30, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

What could stress out Judging types (Ps) and Perceiving types (Ps) when they’re in the interviewee’s chair, and also how to manage that stress if it happens...

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You and Your Career: Answering the “Is This All There Is?” Call

Sep 26, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

In the first half of life, assuming our middle letters are affirmed by the outside world, we pursue careers and avocational interests that reflect our functions. Then somewhere along the line, even if we’re extremely happy with our career and/or life, many of us start to long for something more—something undefined that seems to be missing.

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Have a Seat: T and F (How to manage stress once you’re actually in the interview)

Sep 23, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

In this blog we’ll continue by looking at the kind of questions or situations that can stress out Thinking types (Ts) and Feeling types (Fs) when they’re in the interviewee’s seat, and ways to reduce that stress during the interview.

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Have a Seat: S and N (How to manage stress once you’re actually in the interview)

Sep 11, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Examining the kind of stressful interview questions and situations for Sensing types (Ss) and Intuitive types (Ns).

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Have a Seat: E and I (How to manage stress once you’re actually in the interview)

Sep 4, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Once you hear the words “Have a seat,” then it’s show time and the interview begins! Not all interviews are stressful, but there are different interview questions or situations that can provoke anxiety, unease, or stress in different types. Knowing the kind of questions or situations that might stress out your type will help you anticipate how to respond to them.

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Pre-Interview Jitters

Aug 26, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Picture this: You’ve lined up your interview for a job or internship and now you’re sitting in the lobby, waiting to be called in for the interview. Every type can get anxious, but for different reasons. And what makes your type anxious will determine the best things you can do for yourself when you feel that anxiety coming on....

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You and Your Career: Using the MBTI and Strong Tools for Career Planning | Priscilla’s Next Steps

Aug 19, 2014 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Taking you along our cycles of success journey of applying the MBTI® and Strong tools in your career development and personal life is Catherine Rains, M.S., CPP’s Solutions Consultant. You can read all of the blogs of this multi-part this series here.  Pricilla’s Next Steps During our first meeting, I gave Priscilla an assignment to look for patterns among her highest scores for Basic Interest Scales and Occupational Scales on the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment. Again, what most interested her fit into focused categories: College Admissions, Higher Ed Administration, Human Resources, Motivational Speaking, and Career Counseling. She was also excited to realize how much she enjoyed writing inspiring speeches, either for herself or for others to deliver—something she could possibly do within each of the career fields she is considering, as well as within her current career in college admissions. After discussing these options, she realized that all of them would meet her primary motivation identified in her career mission statement. Although still presenting a wide range of choices, they are all focused around helping, counseling, motivating, and inspiring others. Priscilla also compiled a list of what she liked and disliked in current and past jobs. This list is being added to her career mission statement as additional criteria to consider as she continues to explore the fields that most interest her. We also discussed how, when describing the process of discovering their ideal career, individuals who share her preferences for ENFP often use some version of the phrase “it just happened.” Many NPs also often say they are still looking for “it,” even when they are currently in a career that is deeply rewarding. However, for a job/career to “just happen,” Priscilla needs to first put herself in a place where those options can find her. Since she wants to remain in the community in which she now lives, we talked about strategies for becoming more connected in her target career fields, which will allow her to explore without actually applying for any jobs, at least at this stage. More than likely, in the process of becoming connected she’ll stumble upon an opportunity that fits most or all of her search criteria, which could also include remaining with her current employer. As of today, these are the four options she is exploring, in order of priority: Moving up within her current profession as an admissions counselor at Adams State University...

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