Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come (The Beatles)

One of my missions during the Review and Reflect process (or is it Reflect and Review?) this year is to investigate my skills more thoroughly. Clearly, one of which isn't remembering stuff like which comes first - review or reflect, but I digress.

We have a function on Kamar, our school's student management system, that profiles potential pathways for students based on their results, so I thought it might be worthwhile for me to do this too.

Larry Kim's Four Dimensions of Personality Type is a potential reference for this investigation. So I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Basically these four dimensions are:
  • Energy Style: introverts and extraverts 
  • Thinking Style: sensors and intuitives 
  • Values Style: feelers and thinkers 
  • Life Style: judgers and perceivers  
Although I'm wary of the science here, sometimes these rubrics can be useful. 

Calculating a personality type begins with identifying which of the two types in each of the four personality dimensions best describe you. For example, maybe you are an ESTJ (extravert, sensor, thinker, judger). 

Once your selections are made, you are led to one of four career categories:
  • Pragmatists: enjoy using logical systems to generate results;
  • Caretakers: enjoy work when they can do things that help others;
  • Theorists: interested in careers that allow them to think outside the box; or
  • Empaths: enjoy careers that make the world a better place.
So, what about me? Well, at various times I'm across all four categories, but generally, I fit more into Caretaker and Empath categories.

What does that mean?

Well, apart from my teaching career, it seems I could have also explored one of the following professions: child care director; recreation director; social worker; non-profit director; PR specialist; writer; school counsellor; interior designer; travel writer; librarian.

My LinkedIn profile also gives some apposite information.

Clearly, my colleagues think my top skills, via my career in education to date, lend themselves to educational leadership and management! Nice!

It's a start.

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