Being in the military means adopting and living by important values such as camaraderie, teamwork, loyalty, and order. These are ideals that you honored during your service and continue to hold in high regard.
Now, as you reenter civilian life, it's time to discover what you value personally. Knowing about personality type by taking CareerPlanner's free Personality Test or the Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) can help you identify your values so that you can find work environments that honor who you are and what really matters to you.
One way to zero in on your values is to consider your approach to evaluating options, which is reflected in whether you prefer Thinking or Feeling. Understanding this aspect of yourself can help you find career opportunities best suited to you.
For example, when comparing potential employers or career options, people who prefer Thinking and Feeling tend to look at different criteria. If you prefer Thinking, you might ask yourself:
"Do people in this company value objectivity, critical analysis, and data? Would pursuing this career path offer me more positives than negatives?"
Alternatively, if you prefer Feeling, you might ask yourself:
"Do people in this company value warmth, appreciation, and relationships? Does pursuing this career path feel right to me?"
Reentering the civilian job market, or entering it for the very first time after serving, offers you a unique opportunity to get in touch with your core values. Use your results from from CareerPlanner's free Personality Test or the Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) to help you choose work environments that mirror and reward your personal style. Whether you lead with the head (Thinking) or the heart (Feeling), your specific approach is needed to make the world run-so get out there and contribute as only you can.
You can learn more on the topic of personality type and reintegration from Building Your Career Transition Strategy: A Framework for Managing the Reintegration Process. This guidebook is intended for anyone facing the career and life transitions required by reintegration.
Elizabeth and Katherine Hirsh are experts with more than twenty-five year's experience in the application of personality type. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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