Review: Do What You Are
Knowing your personality type can give you the insight you need to help you choose the perfect career. This is the premise of the book, Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron.
Do What You Are introduces the highly-respected and widely-used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test for determining your personality type. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test asks a series of questions to reveal how you gather and process information, how you approach decision-making, and where you draw your energy from. From your answers, you can then determine which personality type, out of a possible 16, describes you the best.
According to Tieger and Barron, this information is critical to better understand yourself and become aware of your own psychological preferences. From here on, you are now equipped with information that can provide you with the tools to choose a career that suits you, and avoid the ones that go against your natural make up.
What follows is a detailed discussion of each of the 16 personality types along with the careers that are best suited to each one. It is fun to peruse this section. You can definitely see why some careers are suggested for some personality types. However, occasionally a career is suggested and it comes as quite a surprise! This is great for your own personal discovery and opening up your mind to a wide variety of possibilities and new ideas.
One of the highlights of this book is the section where you learn to focus on the strengths of your particular personality type and develop a corresponding job search strategy to help you find success sooner. Over time, you can develop and hone the abilities you have to your best advantage. This has the potential to be useful, not only in job searching, but in many areas of your life.
Do What You Are is extremely interesting and helpful for anyone who wants to re-evaluate or re-affirm their career choice. The insight gained can give you the confidence to pursue a career that will enrich your life, and in the process offer you a greater understanding of yourself.