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Do What You Are Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

Found 18 comments on Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type:

u/wasabicupcakes · 8 pointsr/jobs

You might want to check out Do What You Are. If you haven't wanted to be a pedicurist since the time you were little, you may want to choose a profession based on personality. There is some evidence that personality may be a better predictor of job satisfaction than interest or ability.

u/jrg1610 · 6 pointsr/infp

At 27 I did. Wish I knew sooner because my life has been improved dramatically by acknowledging who I am rather than who I think I should be (which was largely determined by others' expectations of me).

If you want to deep dive, I'm a huge evangelist concerning the personalityhacker podcast/website -> https://personalityhacker.com/

You can find some INFP-specific podcasts on the site which can validate a lot of things in your life.

There are also some neat books that I think are great introductory/overview material to this area of study that you can probably find at your local library like the ones below. I recommend them to people that I think find MBTI-related study interesting/want another lens to look at themselves with.

(My favorite broad introduction to types. Hardly technical but accurate, I believe)

(Career focused one)

(One that talks about the theory in general but gives interesting suggestions on how to communicate with different types [note to self, look at what you need in conversations under your section to get your needs met conversationally])

(One that talks about personality types for children but can still be used to be insightful for yourself)

(Excellent book about just infps)

Warning: if you're an INFP and you start looking at information about other types, you will probably be constantly debating in your head as to which type you are. This is normal.

I think the best thing an INFP can do with such self knowledge is to a build a life to get their needs met without being righteously indignant (i.e. a jerk) about it when faced with resistance

u/venannai1 · 5 pointsr/careerguidance

Richard Bolles for the What Color is Your Parachute.

I also agree with the Design Your Life book.

I would also recommend this book as well:

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type


That book along with the Parachute book and some self inventory help me a lot on deciding what path I should take next.

u/ApfelFarFromTree · 3 pointsr/Columbus

If you're having trouble finding a person, two books may help you start the process: Do What You Are and What Color is Your Parachute. I know how frustrating it is to be "stuck" and then find a dream job. Unfortunately, I don't have much advice to share as I fell backwards into the profession by just taking every job opportunity that came my way that sounded remotely interesting. Best of luck to you!!!

u/labpartnerincrime · 3 pointsr/neopets


I've just been in a depressive state for the past few days and probably at least the next 3 weeks. Joooooooobs.

Been reading Ask A Manager and even bought her ebook on sale. Going to redo my resume from scratch. There's a career fair in 3 weeks, but it's going to suck ass.

I filtered the list of employers down to Full Time Entry Level IT, not even restricting it to my degree. I've applied for ~80% of these places already and got flat out nos or never heard back.

The only one that's almost possible has a unique downside to it: they likely aren't going to hire me since I'm dating one of their interns. And since it's the school year and he's my ride, I'd have to request to be on his lighter schedule (30hrs, 20-25 during exams) and make up the difference remote or on weekends. And if he doesn't get kept on, I'd have to go 100% remote or resign if his personal schedule doesn't allow for him to keep being my ride. But I could see them not only not wanting to put up with that, but also thinking having a couple on staff would be drama, despite that we'd be different subgroups of IT and have worked together before. If I talk to them at the career fair, I'll just be referring to him as my ride, but it's not that hard to jump to "well, he's my guaranteed ride because we live together because we've been together in a sexual emotional fashion for a year and a half."

Meanwhile, I don't even have a "dream job", "dream company", or even "thing I'm good enough at to get paid for it". I have Career Match and Do What You Are, but meh. They tell me shit like Manager, but not what I'd need to be managing so I know what to apply for to work up.

Skill: Web development, hopefully with database integration as well. So far, I haven't found a textbook I think
really covers web dev, but I have Learning Web Design and this bitchin bookmark for whenever I'm actually in the mood to get started. I also have several ebooks on my Kindle to supplement it when I'm done with that one. I just really need something on my resume to get me hired... and supposedly I'm decent at web dev. I just need to get to a higher level than an intro course before anything would take me seriously, so I bought a web design book to maybe try making my own site sometime.

Kittens: Halloween costumes. They're probably both around 4lbs about now, though Iroh (sushi) is mostly fluff and Tyco (vampire) is mostly muscle. They have another appointment for the vet tomorrow for boosters, so then I'll know how chubby they're getting. Either way, they're bulkier and it's getting harder to pick them both up at the same time :P Especially when Tyco's trying to break free.


Neopets**: I restocked the Cove item and there's no buyers right now :P The only thing I have planned for the downtime is to do Kiko Pop data.

u/gobigred3562 · 3 pointsr/AskMen
  • Try online dating. Go to as many sites as you can. It's a numbers game so take it seriously. Don't say you're a virgin, just ask them questions and remember details. They need to be open ended questions, not yes or no. There is someone in the San Diego area for you!

  • I met my wife on Match. We've been together 13 years and we have a 15 month old son.

  • She and I meet people from meetup.com for our various interests (hers, mine, and ours).

  • Follow your passions of music, animation, art, and film to meet new people of both genders. Try to spend as little time at your dad's apartment as possible. You won't be happy.

  • Think of yourself as a late bloomer. Own it because there's nothing wrong with that.

  • Hit the gym. It will improve your confidence. It will do wonders emotionally, physically, and sexually.

  • Career book one

  • Career book two

  • Those two books changed my life.

  • Nothing will change except for the books you read and the people you meet.

  • No car and no rent, you can save up quite a bit.

  • Get yourself a nonugly car in cash after a few weeks. I make over six figures and I drive a 22 year old sedan. Most people complement me on being smart, not mock me for being cheap. California cost of living sucks, so don't add to it with a car payment.

  • Get yourself a roommate after a year at your dad's place. Any girl you meet needs to know that you have a plan of moving out (July 1, 2015 sounds good). 27 is too old to be at home unless you quit Circle K and go to school full time.

  • Good luck!

u/SantaRosaJazz · 2 pointsr/suggestmeabook

I found the mental exercises in Do What You Are extremely helpful in my own career.


u/Kara_S · 2 pointsr/Advice

Your question is, "what do I want to be?" then?

That is a life long quest. Most people have more than one career in their life times.

If you're not sure where your interests lie, you could try doing some personality / aptitude testing. Your school counselling office probably offers it.

One book I found helpful when I was at a cross-roads in terms of career paths was Do What You Are -- it helps you figure out what your Myers Briggs personality type is and then has examples of people in the different types who have different careers, how their career plays to their strengths, etc. It's probably in your library or it's on Amazon (https://www.amazon.ca/Do-What-You-Are-Personality/dp/031623673X ) (I have no affiliate links).

The other book some people like for this is What Color is Your Parachute? but I haven't tried it myself. It's commonly available and probably at your local library or used book store.

u/Dave-Steel- · 1 pointr/Advice

This is a great book for finding work that would go well with your personality type. Most libraries would have it.


u/cheap_dates · 1 pointr/careerguidance

I think the "Do What You Love" mantra has been oversold. Somebody has to mop the floors. You may need to find that "wind in your air" zeal outside of the 9 to 5. Most jobs are pretty mundane.

That said, if you haven't read Do What You Are, I would suggest it. The theory is sound. Instead of choosing a career based on demand, aptitude or interest, you choose a career based on your personality. There is some evidence that if you are floundering and undecided what you want to be when you grow up, you at least consider jobs that match your personality. Interest and aptitude change too much. Personality is more fixed.

I was a teacher for a few years and realized that that field was more of a calling and I wasn't cut out for it: long hours, low pay, thankless administrators, unappreciative parents, on and on.

u/Oranges4Odin · 1 pointr/jobs

I'd go to your local library and check out some career-testing books. I was your age and tried doing it based on my gut intuition, and ended up going back to grad school for a $35k degree that I never used. I ended up in a boring writing job for 5 years, and really wish I would have done more research before wasting all that time and money. I found this book to be super helpful. Now I'm back in school for something that interests me AND is super practical!

u/Daleth2 · 1 pointr/occult

Your MC is at 10 Pisces, and its ruler, Neptune, is at 16 Capricorn conjunct Uranus at 13 Capricorn. Those planets are in the 7th opposite a Mars-Chiron conjunction. Pisces and Chiron both have to do with healing, and with the added involvement of both Mars (metals and surgery) and Uranus (revolutionary/alternative things, and electricity), the first thing that came to mind is... acupuncturist. Many acupuncturists also practice electroacupuncture, which is what it sounds like (mild electrical currents are run through the needles during the treatment).

That would also sit well with your 9th-house Moon, since the 9th house rules foreign countries and cultures, and if you studied Chinese medicine you would either be exploring a foreign culture (assuming you're not of Chinese origin) or bridging two different cultures (if you're Chinese and living outside of China--I can see from the chart you posted that you were born in Canada). Ninth-house moon folks LOOOOOVE expanding their horizons by learning about foreign cultures and/or foreign or alternative religions.

Psychotherapist also comes to mind, but what fits this chart is an avant garde, mystical or esoteric type of psychology rather than, say, garden-variety cognitive therapy. More like Jungian psychology, Transpersonal psychology or art therapy.

And speaking of art, Neptune is the natural ruler of film, acting, and all forms of illusion. If you're good at acting or photography and interested in the movie industry from either side of the camera, or interested in music (film scores? Neptune and Venus rule music, and I see Venus is trine your Moon), this chart would support that. And by the way, while Mercury is involved with all this in that it's square your Uranus-Neptune on the one hand and your Mars-Chiron on the other, the placement of your North Node at 21 Capricorn, conjunct Neptune and Uranus but square Mercury, suggests to me that things would flow better for you if you focused more on Neptunian things (mysticism, visual, the nonrational/right brain/intuitive side of life, beautiful illusions, things that touch the soul) rather than on Mercurial things (rational, verbal). Or at least, focus on communicating clearly and verbally (Mercury) about Neptunian things.

What are your interests? Astrology is not the be-all end-all, and I say that as someone who has been studying astrology for decades and at times has worked as a professional astrologer. Considering what your chart has to say about career is fascinating, but it's only one piece of the puzzle. Here are the top three books I would recommend reading as you look for the right career:

"So Good They Can't Ignore You" by Cal Newport

"Do What You Are" by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron

"What Color is My Parachute" by Richard Bolles

u/iamwritingabook2 · 0 pointsr/JordanPeterson

Uhmmm, are you sure?

You're here, you can write better then the average Redditor, and have the courage to share with us this piece of news.

Anyway, like someone else commented conscientiousness is just as important as IQ; moreover there are many different types of intelligence which combined for the IQ; find the one where you excel, combine it with your passion, add hard work and you can live a happy life doing something that you love. How smart is that?

Did you do the Self Authoring? Do it. As you do it think about the life of your dreams, which activities would you like to do, both as a career and as hobby, think as wildly and diverse as you can.

As you think about career makes sure you think about the work, and not about the benefits/results.

I wish you best of luck and don't hesitate to post again in this forum; your post and people's comment help other people who didn't have the guts to post but go through similar experiences.

Also, check out this book: https://www.amazon.com/Do-What-You-Are-Personality/dp/031623673X