Of the six personality types having a link with career satisfaction, which are defined by psychologist John Holland in his Personality-type Theory (Witt/Mossler 2010), I believe two most closely relate to me, those being the Social and Enterprising personality types. While the PSY202 textbook provides a very basic explanation of Holland’s theory, I found that by taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test a few years ago I had a better understanding of my own personality type (Idealist-Teacher). Therefore a review of Table 2.1 John Holland’s Personality Types utterly confirms that my choice of careers in public relations, education and as manager of an Eco-tourist outfitting operation were right on target. I chose, and continue to choose, a career path that gives me intense personal satisfaction. I enjoy working with people in a cooperative manner, utilizing my energy to create a business, and leading others to see life for its possibilities.
Career Goals and Personality Type
My current career matches the Social personality characteristics. As a Veterans Service Officer, I advocate with the VA on behalf of veterans to obtain their benefits. The interview process involves a substantial amount of compassion and empathy, but also a discerning ear. I act as an attorney-in-fact by writing up legal forms and documents, constructing arguments that may potentially lead to a successful application or appeal for the veteran. The veteran and I become a team, cooperating to compile comprehensive evidence and argument in support of their claim. It is immensely satisfying, but I yearn for the challenges offered in occupations matching the Enterprising personality.
Career and Self-image
I believe career satisfaction might very well affect self-image in the strongest of ways, to one’s detriment or to one’s benefit. Depending on one’s personality and choice of career path, a person may come to believe