Throughout week 1 we were given some different tasks to help us get a better idea of the progress we had made at college so far and what we would like to do in the future. Firstly we were asked to create a timeline showing a progress throughout year 1. In my opinion this helped me get a better idea of how much I have done in the last year and how much time I have to improve my work even more to get to the standard I would like to be at for university. As well as this we were asked to complete another ‘Who Am I?’ task to see how we had changed since the beginning of last year, in terms of who we are influenced and inspired by. I thought this was interesting to see the changes in my work from last year to now. The last task we were given was to complete a personality test and think about what the results could mean and how they could help develop a plan for what kind of job we would like to go into in the future.
Who Am I?
What was the purpose of the task?
The purpose of the task is to get a better understanding of who we are and what kind of job would suit us best in the industry. By taking a Mayers Briggs personality test I was able to find out some more information about myself in terms what kind of personality I have and some characteristics I didn’t realise I had. The test shows results for 5 different areas labeled, mind, energy, nature, tactics and identity. Each of these show results based on the answers you gave in the test.
What is the theory behind this?
The theory behind the test is that it will make sense of a variety of different behaviours and characteristics that are seemingly random, putting them into different categories and showing a percentage as to how you answered the questions. For example if you in the mind category, the test will show percentages that will determine whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. The percentages in the results are calculated from the answers given in the test. I found that some of the questions were quite indirect which would show more accurate results in my opinion.
Discuss how you answered the questions. Did you answer objectively and honestly?
I feel that I answered the questions in the test honestly. I wanted to get accurate results from the test so I wanted to answer each question as I could. However I feel that the perception I have of myself and how someone else perceives me would be different due to the face that we would most likely have different opinions and experiences that would form our answer. Therefore I think the answers on the peer test will be different, and will show that I would be most suitable for a different kind of job.
What were the key characteristics of your personality type?
As mentioned before the results of the personality test is split into 5 different categories. Overall I was given the consul personality type. Under the mind category which shows how we interact with our environment, I was given 67% extraverted and 37% introverted. This surprised me since I find it easy to work alone over long periods of time rather than in a group of people. The next category was energy. This is used to show where we direct our mental energy. For this I was given 57% for observant. I thought this was accurate since I prefer to learn by observing what other people do and then improving on what I am doing. For nature I was I was given 68% for feeling. This shows that I make decisions and cope with emotions by feeling rather than putting thought into the situation. This surprised me since I feel that I would have had the opposite result. In the tactics category I was given 69% on judging. This shows that I make decisions by judging the situation rather than analysing what is important. This also surprised me as I thought I was a logical thinker. The last section was identity which shows our confidence in our abilities and decision making. For this I was given 51% for turbulent and 49% for assertive. These are very close figures so I am unsure what kind of result this is showing.
How accurately do your results reflect your own assessment of your personality and how others perceive you?
Overall I think the test was mostly accurate. I have found that I do sometimes base my decision making on the fact that I like to keep other people happy. However I was surprised with the nature and tactics sections of the test. In my opinion these were inaccurate since I feel that I am a logical thinker and don’t really let my emotions affect my decision making despite going out of my way to keep other people happy.
Did you learn anything about yourself that you never considered before?
The mind section suprised me most, giving me a result of 63% extraverted. I thought that I would have been an introvert since I often like working alone and tend to not work as well in groups. However I think that in a workplace environment this would be different since there would be other people who knew more than me about parts of the work that I would not be confident with, so the result could be more accurate than I think.
Do you agree with this theory and test? Why?
I do mostly agree with the test since I do like to make sure that people are happy and that their perception of me is generally as good as I can make it. However I do think that the nature and tactics sections that I mentioned before are inaccurate and don’t really represent me that well. I feel that I should have been given the opposite results since I can’t really compare myself with the kind of thinking that the test said I had.
How can you use this information to support your personal and career progression?
Does your profile indicate you would be suited or unsuited to particular industries or vocations?
This particular kind of test is quite interesting since it can give an insight into what kind of career path is most suited for you. From the results I got, I think that a freelancing role would be a suitable option for me. This is because they are in a position where they must be thinking about how they are seen by employers and people they are going to work with. As well as this they must be good at keeping to deadlines and observant of what is needed of a project. These were some of the characteristics that I was able to take from the results of my test.
Do your results indicate any areas of personal/ social development relevant to your personal and career progression?
As mentioned before I feel that the fact that I like to keep people happy and to have a good perception of myself could work well in the kind of job I would like to work in. However I feel that if the nature and tactic sections of the test that indicate how I use emotions to make decisions are correct these are definitely areas that need to be worked on to ensure that I would be suitable to go into the kind of workplace that I would like.