Personality Type, Learning Style and Career Choice

Understanding the dimensions of personality as they apply to you helps you better understand yourself, your relationships with others, how you best learn, and careers that might be a good fit. However, it is important to understand that getting to know yourself is an art, not a science: it takes some time to figure out. This is not about finding a “label” for you. Instead, we hope that by helping you increase your self-knowledge, we are helping you increase the likelihood of positive personal growth.

At Sturgis we believe that self-understanding is essential for a student seeking to successfully navigate the challenges that lie ahead: successfully undertaking and completing your high school studies, selecting a college that is a “good fit” for you, and choosing a career that will prove satisfying for decades to come. So during the course of your time at Sturgis, the School Counseling team works with students to identify personality type and explore the implications that this knowledge holds for various aspects of your life. When exploring personality type and its implications for learning and career choice, it is important to keep the following in mind: there are no right or wrong answers, simply different preferences; and all choices are equally desirable – no one personality type is better than another.

While we do much of this work in classroom sessions during students’ freshman and sophomore years, there are two wonderful web sites that you can explore on your own: 16 Personalities and Truity. 16 Personalities offers you the opportunity to learn about the type theory of personality and its implications ofr better understanding yourself and career interests. Truity builds upon the type theory of personality and also offers you the opportunity to explore potential career interests using John Holland’s RIASEC Model via the Holland Code Career Test.

When it comes to career research there are two additional sites that we recommend: the Occupational Outlook Handbook which allows students to research career clusters, as well as individual career descriptions; and O’Net which differs in format and offers additional information about related skills and abilities.