By Amy Mazur

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a tool designed to measure preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. It has been applied to career development, as it helps individuals understand who they are and how they might be suited to work in particular work settings with particular personality types.

While the MBTI has many uses in and out of career development, thinking about yourself using the MBTI dimensions can prove very useful, not to decide what you will do, but to consider how your personality affects the way you work.  

For example:

  •  Individuals with preferences for Intuition and Thinking tend to focus on mastering knowledge, creating systems, high standards of competence, and considering ways that something can be done more efficiently.  
  • Individuals with preferences for Intuition and Feeling tend to focus on helping people to fulfill their potential, and making a difference in people’s lives.
  • Those with a preference for Sensing and Feeling are considered practical helpers, focusing on how to make peoples’ lives better in concrete ways.
  • Those with preferences with Sensing and Thinking tend to focus on accuracy, precision and efficiency, and the pragmatic use of details.

As you can see from these qualities, lots of occupations fit lots of these descriptions, so while any type can perform and succeed in any job, there are some work environments that may be more suited to certain MBTI types.

Can you find yourself (or parts of you) in one of these functional preference groups? The theory posits that everyone has a preference.

Are you curious about how that preference can help you figure out what might work for you in your career? Are you curious about how your type preference may work for or against you in the job search?

There is a whole world of MBTI information out there, and it begins with a single step:  taking the MBTI!

Amy Mazur is a Certified Career Counselor, a Master Career Development Professional, and a Distance Credentialed Counselor. She is committed to helping individuals find their vocational path by tapping into their strengths and passions. Amy strives to create a trusting atmosphere for the client that, in turn, allows for self acceptance and self exploration. In addition to meeting individually with clients, Amy facilitates Job Search Strategy and Career Decision-Making Groups. Contact Amy at 617-795-1964 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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