How Your Major Is Tied To Your Personality

Many students enter college with a vague understanding of what career path they want to pursue. This is why many either don’t declare a major or switch their major within the first year of school. If you find yourself in a similar situation, the best thing you can do for yourself is explore. Before you find yourself sitting in on random classes and talking to professors from various disciplines, I suggest you do one thing: take a personality test.

But… Why?

Personality tests can provide in depth insight into what your natural talents, skills, and abilities are. In fact, the results of these tests often explain what your workplace tendencies are and outline career paths that may interest you. You may be thinking, “So I am suppose to put my future in the hands of a personality test?” That is not the case! Taking a personality test simply gives you direction as to what fields of study may interest you. This is no way means that these are the only fields that you should work in.


With that being said, it is important that you choose an accurate personality test. There are many free and shortened versions of the Official Myers-Briggs Personality Test online, but they are not nearly as accurate as the real thing. Other options, like 16 Personalities, do a great job of identifying your personality type but may not give you as in depth information.


But… How?

Personality tests are carefully constructed to test 4 preference pairs: Extraversion/Introversion, Sensing/Intuition, Thinking/Feeling, and Judging/Perceiving. By analyzing these 4 metrics, the test will determine your personality type which is indicated by a 4 letter acronym. There are 16 major personalities that fall under 4 main groups: Analysts, Diplomats, Sentinels, and Explorers.


Generally speaking, Analysts tend to be gifted in fields such as engineering, mathematics, sciences, and similar fields. Diplomats are best suited for roles in social work, education, and politics. Moreover, sentinels are fantastic in most business settings and entrepreneurial roles. Lastly, Explorers are naturally talented in creative industries like art, design, and entertainment.


Although it is not set in stone, personality tests pinpoint the fields in which individuals have the mindset and character to excel in. They are a great way to provide direction for those who may be struggling to pick a major or career path.


About The Author:

Nikitha Lokareddy is a recent 4.0 graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business. She is an avid playlist maker, coffee drinker, and enjoys working with fashion brands in the Phoenix area.

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