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The Beginning of a Career Development Journey

The Beginning of a Career Development Journey

By Catherine Rains, M.S.

As promised in my introductory blog post, I’ll be discussing how to use the MBTI® and Strong tools to support your employees (as well as yourself), through the process of enhancing, expanding, and/or changing careers. To help make this series feel more real, I’ve asked a friend and colleague of mine, Priscilla Gardea, to share with us what she discovers along the way as she follows this process.

Let’s start by introducing Priscilla. Almost 30 years old, Priscilla has been happily employed as a college admissions counselor for the past five years. Although she absolutely loves what she does for a living and the positive impact she makes working with students, she said it’s very unusual to be in this type of job for longer than five years, and she is beginning the process of planning her next career move. Although she would like to advance within her current university, there are no positions in her area of expertise; so to move up within the admissions field would most likely mean a move to another university and a new city.  Priscilla is considering all her options, including the possibility of getting her PhD, which would make her eligible for a wider range of college careers. However, this could result in her having to leave her current residence, which she would prefer not to do, as she is part of an established community. So here is where we begin our journey guiding Priscilla through the career development process.

The first step in working with Priscilla was to administer both the Myers-Briggs® (MBTI®) and Strong Interest Inventory® assessments so that we had a comprehensive picture of both her personality and interests in terms of how they relate to potential career choices. She verified clear preferences for ENFP, and her Strong results revealed interests in the Artistic, Social, and Enterprising Themes (in that order).  ENFPs and ASEs have a lot of overlap in terms of the types of careers they are interested in, which helped her begin to focus on the types of fields that most intrigued her.

In the next post we’ll look at what career fields Priscilla identified, as indicated by the Strong Basic Interest Scales (BISs), and my advice for her about what to explore based on her results. Links to content on all MBTI types and careers, as well as Strong assessment results and what they mean regarding possible career development, will also be provided.

Read the next blog post in the series on career development here.

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