Author: Becky Bruso
Having finished the exercise of mapping my best liked skills in all my past jobs to my strongest personality traits. I see clearly why some jobs just did work well for me. It now came as no surprise that least favored jobs such as waitress, factory worker, and underwriting assistant required me to perform at the opposite end of my natural personality traits. Since my preference was not to have rigid rules, routine but creativity and freedom to develop solutions, these positions were not right for me at all.
Thinking about the nature of a programming role, I found it curious that I always noted these were roles I liked, yet the nature of programming required adhering to strict rules when writing code. In the end, I believe I liked these roles as I considered the learning of new programming languages together with using programming to solve business problems as stimulating. Upon closer examination of these roles, I got bored with them once I had mastered the technique and then began to gravitate more towards the creative problem solving aspects of these positions.
My middle of the chart scores on the extroversion dimensions together with my task preference for greeting and talking with customers; assisting and helping solve issues; and creatively selling to others revealed another core capability as building customer relationships. This middle of the road score in extroversion lent itself well to the variety seeking and need to balance working alone with working with others.
My problem solving skills tie well to my high tendencies to prefer roles which have more openness to them and my higher resilience traits allow me to tolerate setbacks at not having the absolute solution at hand immediately. My conscientiousness dimensions tie in my abilities to plan and carryout a course of action needed when devising solutions to problems and planning out how to accomplish these.
The detailed personality test I took also highlighted some careers which would be well suited to my personality. An interesting subset of these is listed here.
- Executive, Manager
- Museum Staff
- Public Speaker
- Air Traffic Controller
Hmm… This has reaffirmed that my personality is well suited for the current path I am pursing of being an entrepreneurial business consultant.
Based upon all this analysis, I have my three core competencies for building my service model.
- Ability to build relationships with customers and business partners
- Ability to provide knowledge, information, and tools to help businesses start up and grow
- Ability to solve problems related to business operations