The Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can be invaluable tools for people in transition. When integrated with interpretation sessions and optional follow-up coaching with a Center for Life Transitions Coach/Counselor, clients gain clarity and confidence in their work direction. Goal Setting can be accomplished which results in a more effective job search campaign and successful transition.
Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI is a personal assessment profile based upon the work of Swiss behavioral psychologist, Carl Jung. It is a widely utilized instrument and addresses areas of self-development, career management, relationship counseling, organizational development, hiring, team building and leadership. The MBTI provides feedback on how individuals energize themselves, process information, make decisions and interface with the world around them. It is a preference indicator and does not measure skills and abilities. The information generated from the MBTI can assist individuals in determining their personal style and culture and then consider career directions and corporate cultures that might be a positive match for them.
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory is a standardized inventory initially developed in the 1920s and later incorporating the work of industrial psychologist, John Holland. It a broad based preference indicator which assists individuals to determine interest patterns through a series of questions relating to selected occupations, school subjects, leisure activities, types of people and personality characteristics. Specifically, it addresses six personality types and work environments—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. The Strong Interest Inventory is particularly helpful for an individual entering the world of work, determining satisfaction with their current employment or considering an alternative/changing career.
The MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory, when taken in tandem, are complimentary to one another as a career planning tool. The MBTI provides insight into one’s personal preferences while the Strong Interest Inventory addresses options for areas of interest and specific careers. Together they create a structured launch platform and stimulus for an individual to gain greater self-understanding and then research and implement actions to meet future goals and objectives. Both instruments are accessed online, take about 30 minutes, and participants receive a full printout of their results.