According to a study conducted by Gallup, a staggering fact emerged -only 13 per cent of the global workforce feels truly engaged with their work. This means that the rest of the lot are less productive than their peers, and are probably in the wrong industry/profession.
That is – more than 75 per cent of the global workforce are working at a job that does not fit their personality. Being at the wrong place in your work has a lot of repercussions. There is, of course, the inherent lack of productivity and motivation.
Apart from that, it serves as a cause of concern for the employers as much as it does for the employees.
This means that a lot of the industries aren’t thriving as much as they could be. This means that the disparity between the work designation and an individual’s personality can be considered no short of a professional epidemic.
The only way out of this situation is for the professionals to work at a job that suits their personality.
By doing this, their productivity, engagement, and motivation will naturally increase and they will help their industries thrive on a global level.
But there is a catch – working at a job that suits your personality is easier said than done. The larger concern, here, is – How do you find a job that suits your personality?
There are some ways that can help an individual chose a job that best suits their personality:
1. Discover Yourself
The first step to finding a job that best suits your personality is to know exactly what your personality is. This means that you must know who you are, what stimulates you to action, what are your strengths and weaknesses, where does your passion and interest lie etc.
Do not just look at the facets of your behavior that have the potential to churn out money. Instead, go back to your early hobbies.
Make a list of activities that you find enjoyable. They do not necessarily have to be financially viable.
Leave that for another step. First, make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you enjoyed solving puzzles as a child, put it on the list. On the surface, it may not look like a lucrative career option, but it will help you reach there.
Discover the things where you lack. Each person has an inherent set of strengths and weaknesses. For example, some people have a strong analytical mind, while others are more creative. So, if you failed at your mathematics examination multiple times in your school years, write that down too.
You should know about your behavior and personality facets in and out. It is only then you will be able to figure out what to do next. Most people do not think about their own strengths and weaknesses before venturing into a job. This is the reason why they do not find that ‘personality fit.’
2. Dig Deeper
After you have made a list of your strengths and weaknesses, hobbies and passion, etc., it is now time to dig deeper within the list. This means that you have to deconstruct the list and turn it into a career choice. In this step, you have to look beneath the surface of your passion, hobbies, weaknesses, etc. to figure out more about your personality.
Let’s take the same example as in the first step — the fact that you like to solve puzzles in your spare time demonstrates that you have an inherently analytical mind and you get off by solving a puzzling situation.
In this case, being an entrepreneur may be a good career choice for you; as you will get to face a lot of puzzling and difficult situations on a daily basis. If sketching and painting were your things as a child, it tells you that you are inherently a creative person and a profession in the arts will be your right fit.
Your strengths, weaknesses, hobbies, passions, etc., will tell you a lot about yourself — all you have to do is dig deep into it.
3. Fine-Tune it into the Specifics
Now, let’s be honest — figuring out that you are made for the arts, or analytics can only get you so far. To turn it into a lucrative career option will require a lot of fine-tuning. This is the step where you connect the dots between your strengths, follies, passions, etc.
While you would have made progress so far by figuring out a broad field you want to choose, there are a lot of subsets of your chosen field that you will have to take into consideration.
For example, let’s assume that so far you have substantially realized that your interest and abilities lie in the arts, but ‘arts’ is a rather general field. There is so much that one can do in this field that it can become confusing for people to choose. This is why you would require fine-tuning.
Let’s say that you were interested in sketching, but not so much in ‘painting.’ Apart from that, you are also interested in the world of technology. In other words, let’s say that your hobby was to sketch, but as you grew older, you found science and technology as interesting as well.
Fret not! This is not a contradiction. In fact, there are possibilities to merge the two for your good. If you have an interest in both domains, you can choose to become a graphic designer. By doing this, both of your technical and creative spurs will be satisfied. This is true for any field.
There are a lot of career options in the world right now. All you have to do is make the right choice. Connecting the dots between your strengths and weaknesses list will enable you to do so.
Finding a job that suits your personality is not an easy job. You will have to put in a lot of time and efforts in the same.
Remember that the above-mentioned steps will serve as a guide to finding the job, but there will be a lot of trial and error in the picture as well. So pull your socks up and get to work!