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3 reasons to choose a career that suits your personality

By Ana Isabel Alonsagay | 02 October 2019


What keeps you drawn to your job? Is it the work, the benefits, the camaraderie of your team? 

While each of these undoubtedly play a crucial role in job satisfaction, research shows that personality fit is a leading factor. The better your character traits mesh with your career – the more productive and positive your job performance will be.

Take introverts and extroverts, for example; extroverted people are more likely to thrive in a social, customer-oriented workplace, while introverts fare better with independent, analytical tasks. It’s these inherent traits that predict your success in a role, and the compatibility with others around you.

SkillsTalk dive into the top 3 reasons to choose a career that suits your personality

Why is personality fit so important for your career?

  1. Better culture fit.
  2. Better job performance.
  3. Higher job satisfaction.
  4. Personality determines your strengths and weaknesses.

1. Better culture fit.

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One of the biggest advantages of matching your personality to your job is the greater ease of connecting with your colleagues and clients. Those with outgoing, expressive traits will likely enjoy working with those who display the same openness; chances are, these types pursue the same career paths as you. Popular fields among these personas include sales, public relations, or media entertainment. 

Those who are more private and independent in nature may opt for a workplace where they can work in smaller groups or behind-the-scenes. Common job roles among these character types are those in IT, accounting, the sciences or fine arts.  

By using your personality as a career guide, you have a higher chance of complementing your future associates. This compatibility will further team cohesion and thus, the overall performance of your department. 

2. Better job performance.

As with co-workers, your character traits also influence interactions with clients, customers, or patients. 
Those who are naturally caring, empathetic, and open to others are well-suited for careers focused on helping people; such as doctors, youth workers, or roles in psychology. The “leaders” among us will likely pursue more managerial or entrepreneurial opportunities, where they can guide and mentor others for the growth of a business.

It’s important, however, to look beyond the subject matter of a potential career and at the actual work itself. This can give you insight on day-to-day duties and the social interactions required – and whether your personality traits line up with these tasks. 

For example, as passionate as you may be about fashion – the outgoing, customer-focused role of a hairdresser or stylist can get draining if you’re naturally shy or reserved. 

At the same time, an article by ABC Life Australia mentions the importance of considering your “empathy style”. There are those who exert compassion without necessarily taking on the emotions of others, while those on the flipside prone to doing so. Depending on which side you identify with, some people-focused careers may prove more emotionally overwhelming than others.

Pursuing a career that best compliments your personality can help you achieve your best job performance, and thus, boost overall results for your business.

3. Higher job satisfaction.

asian man happily working on laptop

Due to greater productivity and chemistry with fellow colleagues, it’s no surprise that a positive personality-job fit leads to higher career satisfaction among many. Having tasks and assessments that best match both your skills and character trait boosts your confidence in your work abilities, helping you develop a more positive attitude towards your career. This also leads to feeling more valued as a worker, which 62% of Australian employees indicate as a leading factor of workplace happiness.

Additionally, when one’s values line up with that of the company’s, they often feel a greater sense of comfort in the workplace – and a higher commitment to their role.

This therefore poses a win-win for both workers and their companies. A positive personality-job match leads to higher motivation, better teamwork, and thus, increased job satisfaction; leading to lower employee turnover. Companies then get to reduce costs associated with recruiting, hiring, and training new workers. 

Having your job suited to your personality is also linked to greater “innovation behaviour”, that is – your willingness to apply new ideas and processes to further enhance your work performance. Such drive is linked to the increased career commitment workers often have in well-suited roles.

The social effects of a positive career fit all connect: increased job satisfaction leads to a more positive attitude in the workplace, leading to a higher dedication to your role, and thus, encouraging further skills improvement. This, in turn, leads to improved job performance, linking back to greater overall satisfaction in the workplace. 

4. Personality determines your strengths and weaknesses.

When pursuing your ideal career, considering your personality traits can help establish your strengths and weaknesses. This reflection not only identifies your existing technical skills, but how you interact or behave around others, and how to mesh this well with potential job options. 

While your strengths will help determine career paths you’d best excel at, recognising your weaknesses can help uncover areas that need improvement. You can then develop an action plan to best address these gaps in your abilities.  

If you’re looking to pursue a freelance writing business, for example, yet lack the soft skills to seek and develop business connections – you can opt to pursue a short course in networking. A highly-skilled retail employee who wishes to advance to a managerial role, though may not have the leadership experience, can refine these abilities through training in business management

Knowing your personality well lets you define your limits and how to push them. As stated by an article from Typefinder, “Without understanding what traits drive us, we cannot understand how to manage being out of our comfort zones.” 

It is thus crucial to place as much value on character as on technical abilities when seeking new career options, since a good job fit calls for far more than hard skills or interest in a subject matter. Ensuring your personality melds well with the job leads to better work relationships, motivation, performance, and overall workplace happiness. The ideal match may turn out different to your original expectations, but you’re bound to find well-deserved success.

Looking to pursue a certain field? 

You may have found the best career match for your personality – though as mentioned, it pays to brush up on a few skills. Upskilled has over 80 courses offering Nationally Recognised Training – from information technology to community services. Best of all, each of these are delivered 100% online, allowing you to study at your own pace and schedule.  Dive into your dream field and enquire on a course today! 
 
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