Personality Test
George Washington - Guardian Supervisor (ESTJ) Mother Teresa - Guardian Protector (ISFJ) Albert Einstein - Rational Architect (INTP) Margaret Thatcher - Rational Fieldmarshal (ENTJ) Mikhail Gorbachev - Idealist Teacher (ENFJ) Eleanor Roosevelt - Idealist Counselor (INFJ) Elvis Presley - Artisan Performer (ESFP) Jacqueline Onasis - Artisan Composer (ISFP) Dolley Madison - Guardian Provider (ESFJ) Queen Victoria - Guardian Inspector (ISTJ) Walt Disney - Rational Inventor (ENTP) Dwight David Eisenhower - Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Thomas Paine - Idealist Champion (ENFP) Princess Diana - Idealist Healer (INFP) Charles Lindberg - Artisan Crafter (ISTP) George S. Patton - Artisan Promoter (ESTP)

When Should You Take Career Risks?

The last letter of how you scored on the Keirsey Temperament Sorter gives a hint at how you are most likely to react when faced with a potential career change. Generally speaking the probing Perceiving types are more likely to take risks and move faster than the scheduled Judging types. The scheduled Judging types usually investigate and carefully plan before they make a career change.

There are many triggers for taking career risks. The current salary may be too low to survive on or the person can be driven to become wealthy. The company may be laying off people or going belly up. The career may be a poor fit causing the person to feel anger, sorrow, or anxiety. The person is driven to follow a long-held dream. The person moves to a different area and can no longer ply his/her trade in that area and must make a change. I'm sure you can think of some others.

Career changes require some skills in risk assessment. The probing Perceiving types are the most likely to seek out and accept risk. The scheduled Judging types are the most likely to want to contain and minimize risk. If the probing Perceiving types jump without assessing, they may land in hot water. If the scheduled Judging types keep trying to contain risk without assessing, they may miss opportunities and find they are the lobster in the pot of now-boiling water.

Benefit Cost
New Career What's the payoff?
  • Salary
  • Enjoyment of job
  • Lifestyle
What's the downside?
  • Salary
  • Enjoyment of job
  • Lifestyle
Old Career What's the payoff?
  • Salary
  • Enjoyment of job
  • Lifestyle
What's the downside?
  • Salary
  • Enjoyment of job
  • Lifestyle

All Guardians are scheduled Judging types as are two of the idealist types (Teacher and Counselor) and two of the Rational types (Fieldmarshal and Mastermind). They need to focus on getting answers to these questions, especially the ones about benefit, since they tend to focus more on cost. If they do not gather their information in a timely manner, they may dither around and miss the boat.

All Artisans are probing Perceiving types as are two of the Idealist types (Champion and Healer) and two of the Rational types (Inventor and Architect). They are all more drawn to change and risk and need to look more closely at the cost questions, as they tend to focus on benefit rather than cost. If they do not move quickly enough while they are still excited about the opportunity, they will lose their motivation.

Now matter how much you plan, nor how much you are excited about the change, there is always a chance it won't work out. It's always a good idea to have a plan B and a plan C in case A doesn't work out.


Temperament and Careers

Planning Process
Finding Your Passion
Your Current Situation
Who Am I?
What Are My Options?
Evaluating Options
Creating an Action Plan

Selection Process
Informational Interviewing
The Toughest Question
Evaluating an Offer
Salary Negotiations

Succeeding On The Job
Your Boss
Dress For Success
Successful Presentations
Working From Home
Dealing With Stress
In a Shrinking Job Market

Making Changes
When to Take Risks?
Taking a Job in a New City
Who Will Get Laid Off?
Is Your Job a Poor Fit?
Networking is Key

Where the Jobs Are
Healthcare: Many Opportunities

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