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Personality tests

Summary

I have carried out several tests on career paths and personality and as an aggregate they are (in a self critical assessment)  near the mark. The core skills they identify are visionary, intelligence and design system and competency. The “career fitter test” (CareerFitter.com) did bring up some resonating points such as my need for Independence and plenty of intellectual stimulus. Withing the work environment this means I am aiming to improve and revise systems constantly with a particular  penchant towards solution finding and imagining end goals .

I’m sure my DAT 604 module tutors will be very happy that careerfitter test found me as “Born enterprising”. It also found; “One of your strengths is launching start-ups”, which I am sure is a good thing as far as assessment of my venture culture skills as concerned

As regard my personal traits and looking at the disadvantages of my nature 16personalities.com found I was oft lacking focus, getting stressed and that I has a weakness for the practicality of completing a goal, all seem true, albeit slightly wrong as I do have good practical skills (I was a cabinet maker). I realise these as my weakness and focus on overcoming them and giving extra energy to these weaknesses to gain a better “round” to my personality skills making a more complete business person, without losing my enthusiasm.

16personalities.com found my personality to be a “Campaigner”, an interesting insight as I have been involved in many  work placed campaigns and ethical interests groups. But focusing mor ein the business sector and group environment this gives me energy to promote and campaign for the services and products I am involved with.

On the positive side of the 16personalities.com I scored highly with being curious, observant and energetic, excellent communicator popular and friendly. I may question my popularity (as any modest person should) but the other skills are an asset to team working when projects are flagging or need an injection of ideas. This is where the other edge of the “sword of independence” (that’s my motto from now on) is that i can separate from the team to follow other avenues of research and solution finding.

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Some of the Core data given below (addendum)


Career

https://www.careerfitter.com/free_test/careerbuilder/results

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(CareerFitter.com, 2017)

The results of your career test reveal you have excellent analytical abilities and you are a strategic thinker. You are normally easy-going, objective, and seldom critical. You desire independence, diversity, plenty of intellectual stimulation, and the opportunity to generate ideas. You enjoy challenging work and you are more satisfied in career environments that do not involve repetitive routine.

 

You are the “ultimate idea person”. You often see the workplace like you see the entire world, a daily, hourly, or even minute to minute game that never ends. Life to you is best when it is one exciting challenge after another. Born enterprising, you are captivated with new ideas and alert to all possibilities inside and outside the organization. You often challenge rules, assumptions, or customs.

 

Sometimes your complex thoughts can be challenging for others to understand. You thrive better when you have confidence in and are surrounded by competent colleagues and supervisors.

 

One of your strengths is launching “start-ups”.

 

Personality

 

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16personalities.com (2017)

Summary

The Campaigner personality is a true free spirit. They are often the life of the party, but unlike types in the Explorer Role group, Campaigners are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, the 7% of the population that they comprise can certainly be felt in any crowd.

Strengths

Curious – When it comes to new ideas, Campaigners aren’t interested in brooding – they want to go out and experience things, and don’t hesitate to step out of their comfort zones to do so. Campaigners are imaginative and open-minded, seeing all things as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life.

Observant – Campaigners believe that there are no irrelevant actions, that every shift in sentiment, every move and every idea is part of something bigger. To satisfy their curiosity, Campaigners try to notice all of these things, and to never miss a moment.

Energetic and Enthusiastic – As they observe, forming new connections and ideas, Campaigners won’t hold their tongues – they’re excited about their findings, and share them with anyone who’ll listen. This infectious enthusiasm has the dual benefit of giving Campaigners a chance to make more social connections, and of giving them a new source of information and experience, as they fit their new friends’ opinions into their existing ideas.

Excellent Communicators – It’s a good thing that Campaigners have such strong people skills, or they’d never express these ideas. Campaigners enjoy both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, which are just two sides of the same coin for them, and are adept at steering conversations towards their desired subjects in ways that feel completely natural and unforced.

Know How to Relax – It’s not all “nature of the cosmos” discussions with Campaigners – people with this personality type know that sometimes, nothing is as important as simply having fun and experiencing life’s joys. That Intuitive trait lets Campaigners know that it’s time to shake things up, and these wild bursts of enthusiastic energy can surprise even their closest friends.

Very Popular and Friendly – All this adaptability and spontaneity comes together to form a person who is approachable, interesting and exciting, with a cooperative and altruistic spirit and friendly, empathetic disposition. Campaigners get along with pretty much everyone, and their circles of friends stretch far and wide.

 

Weaknesses

Poor Practical Skills – When it comes to conceiving ideas and starting projects, especially involving other people, Campaigners have exceptional talent. Unfortunately their skill with upkeep, administration, and follow-through on those projects struggles. Without more hands-on people to help push day-to-day things along, Campaigners’ ideas are likely to remain just that – ideas.

Find it Difficult to Focus – Campaigners are natural explorers of interpersonal connections and philosophy, but this backfires when what needs to be done is that TPS report sitting right in front of them. It’s hard for Campaigners to maintain interest as tasks drift towards routine, administrative matters, and away from broader concepts.

Overthink Things – Campaigners don’t take things at face value – they look for underlying motives in even the simplest things. It’s not uncommon for Campaigners to lose a bit of sleep asking themselves why someone did what they did, what it might mean, and what to do about it.

Get Stressed Easily – All this overthinking isn’t just for their own benefit – Campaigners, especially Turbulent ones, are very sensitive, and care deeply about others’ feelings. A consequence of their popularity is that others often look to them for guidance and help, which takes time, and it’s easy to see why Campaigners sometimes get overwhelmed, especially when they can’t say yes to every request.

Highly Emotional – While emotional expression is healthy and natural, with Campaigners even viewing it as a core part of their identity, it can come out strongly enough to cause problems for this personality type. Particularly when under stress, criticism or conflict, Campaigners can experience emotional bursts that are counter-productive at best.

Independent to a Fault – Campaigners loathe being micromanaged and restrained by heavy-handed rules – they want to be seen as highly independent masters of their own fates, even possessors of an altruistic wisdom that goes beyond draconian law. The challenge for Campaigners is that they live in a world of checks and balances, a pill they are not happy to swallow.

Careers

 

Where Campaigners do not shine is in systems of strict regimentation and hierarchy, such as military service. Campaigners thrive on the ability to question the status quo and explore the alternatives, and if this is a quality that is not just unappreciated but actually frowned upon, this will not only make them unhappy, but it may even threaten their emotional stability. Repetition, predictability, boredom… while some Sentinel types may appreciate predictability and clear hierarchies, these are not selling points for Campaigners. People with the Campaigner personality type need to feel like they’re pushing boundaries and exploring ideas, and should focus on interests and careers that encourage that.

 

Many more career options satisfy these needs, and not just the scientific ones – writing, journalism, acting and TV reporting all give Campaigners a chance to explore something new every day and stir the pot a little while they’re at it. It may come to pass though, that the best way forward for Campaigner personalities is to establish themselves as entrepreneurs and consultants, blazing their own trails and taking on whatever project is most fascinating. So long as they get to use their people skills, identify and achieve their own goals and inspire their colleagues and followers, Campaigners will be happy

 

References

16Personalities. (2017). ENFP Personality (“The Campaigner”) | 16Personalities. [online] Available at: https://www.16personalities.com/enfp-personality [Accessed 15 Nov. 2017].

Careerfitter.com. (2017). Career Test Free – CareerFitter.com. [online] Available at: https://www.careerfitter.com/free_test/careerbuilder/test [Accessed 15 Nov. 2017].

 

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