Monday, February 7, 2011

posted by Liz Koblyk, Staff Career Advisor

Some aspects of our jobs energize us; others deplete our energy. This is one of the central assumptions behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  Staff can learn more about what drives their career satisfaction through a two-part MBTI workshop, held in the Tatham Centre on February 15 and 22, from 3:00 to 5:00. Registration for “Exploring Your Personality Type (MBTI)” is required at least 24 hours in advance (https://uwaterloo.ca/career-action/).

Why take the MBTI? In addition to helping you identify what motivates you at work, it can draw your attention to your likely strengths. Knowing your main areas of competence not only helps you compete for jobs, but it also helps you identify what sorts of positions you might want to work towards in the long term, and how you can capitalize on your strengths in your current role. If you like focusing on areas for improvement, the MBTI also suggests strategies for challenges you may face. Finally, if you’re a bargain hunter, you might be interested to know that the MBTI is free to regular staff, if you take it through the Centre for Career Action.

The “Exploring Your Personality Type” workshop gives you the chance to talk with people who have different personality types about their preferred communication style, and about ways you can improve your working relationship with different personalities. If you would prefer to review the MBTI in a more private setting, however, you can schedule an individual appointment with me in the Centre for Career Action.

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