Understanding Your Best Career Choice Based on Your PI Type
by Nicole Degi
Understanding Your Best Career Choice Based on Your PI Type
Considering if your personality type matches your job is an extremely valuable exercise and is often overlooked. When thinking about your career, do you think about how your personality, needs, and desires in a work environment are associated to your career? I am not talking about the skills on your resume, I am talking about what drives you to go to work, how do you work best, and does this career fit your personality?
When looking for a new position, several factors should come into play when making your decision and one of them that is sometimes overlooked is considering if your personality type matches your job or if how you are internally “wired” for the role, which is where Predictive Index comes in.
Predictive Index measures behavioral drives (Dominance, Extraversion, Patience, and Formality). For example, are you more collaborative or independent? Do you strive in a fast-paced environment, or do you plan to work at more of a steady pace? Predictive Index will evaluate how well you thrive in the position that you are in and will help you produce impactful results for years to come for your organization.
There are seventeen different and unique profile types that are then broken down into four categories:
This category consists of six different profile types: Analyzer, Controller, Venturer, Specialist and Strategist. If you fall into this category, you are typically a detail-oriented individual who focuses on collecting thorough data. You are also self-disciplined and a go-to person who does not leave room for error. You also may exceed in areas that push your boundaries and would be considered a strong-willed and goal-oriented individual. People who fall into this profile type tend to be naturally introverted and reserved but always prepared with a plan. Below are roles that could be a great match if you fall into this category.
Analyzer: Someone who likes to gather and review the data before making a thorough and detailed decision. Looking into roles that are in accounting, finance, audit, tax, or banking may be great for an analyzer profile!
Controller: You are considered the go-to person, someone who will get the job done in a disciplined, fast-paced manner. A few industries to consider — Project Management, logistics, finance, and accounting.
Venturer: This person likes to take charge! They love to try new things and create solutions to solve problems. A role that would involve some strategic thinking and planning, are great career paths for Venturers. Possibly a Director of Marketing, Operations Director, or a CFO.
Specialist: An extremely reliable person who will get the job done and someone who will “read the fine print” in any situation! This person is detailed and organized! HR, Business Manager, Tax, Audit, Data Analytics, Finance, all may be great career options for a specialist.
Strategist: An analytical, innovative individual who is willing to take calculated risks. If this is you, consider consulting roles, banking, project management, financial advisor, computer technology or a software developer position.
The next category is the social category. There are another six different profiles that fall under this category: Altruist, Captain, Collaborator, Maverick, Promoter and Persuader. Would you consider yourself to strive in social settings? A person who is great at working with others, extraverted, charismatic, open-minded, supportive, well-spoken, and ready for a challenge? If so, you may fall into one of the profiles under the social type. Positions to consider if you fall into one of these categories are:
Altruists: A supportive, helpful, team player that is extraverted. Consider something in healthcare such as nursing, social worker, occupational or speech therapy or marketing, PR, or communication roles!
Captain: A person who is always willing to accept a challenge. They can be described as independent and strong-willed and constantly raising the bar for their organizations. Jobs that fit this profile type include Leadership roles, sales, marketing, recruiting, directors, staffing.
Collaborators: These individuals are great team players! They approach tasks with an open mind and are friendly, supportive, and patient. If you are a collaborator, consider being an account manager, marketing, digital advertising, communications, or even talent acquisition. A role that would be great for a collaborator is a role that allows you to work cohesively with a team.
Mavericks: A person who has high aspirations and takes risks! They are visionaries and can see the big picture. They often see the result and create it. Mavericks also tend to be leaders which make them good entrepreneurs. Other potential roles may include a sales leadership position, CEO’s, business owners.
Promoters: are extroverted, supportive, encouraging and thrive working in a team setting. Positions that would be good for a promoter profile include public relations, marketing, social media, event, and hospitality roles.
Persuaders: People with this profile type are social, determined, and well-spoken individuals. Typically, persuaders do not like to hear the word “no.” This being said, a sales role would be great for a persuader or a role in recruiting.
Within the stabilizing category, there are four different profile types: adapter, artisan, guardian, and operator. Are you deliberate, cooperative, reliable, and easily adaptable to situations? Do you enjoy structure in the workplace? If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you more than likely may fall into this category.
Adapter: A versatile individual who can really strive in multiple situations and industries! They work well with others and thrive in a team setting. The roles to consider for this profile type are extremely broad. You could adapt well in several positions, whether it be customer service or arts and entertainment.
Artisan: This is usually the person who is considered the backbone of the organization. They are diligent and reliable. Industries to look at may include office management, administrative roles, and human resources.
Guardian: This person is a precise, dependable, and steady worker. They are someone who brings reliability to the workforce. Administration, logistics, computer technology or clerical work could be great industries to look at.
Operator: This is someone who you can really count on in the organization! They are precise, patient, and cooperative. This profile type would excel at data entry, clerical, executive assistant, or customer service.
Only two profile types fall into this category: an individualist and a scholar. If you fall under the persistent category type you are typically a confident, analytical, strong-minded individual who approaches challenges with confidence, consistency, and organization.
Individualist: Do you have a desire to move the organization forward and constantly solve problems within the company? If so, you are more than likely an individualist. Maybe you have been thinking of starting your own business? If you are an individualist, this may be a good avenue for you to consider!
Scholar: Someone who is a natural go-getter! You like to contribute a strategic, data-driven approach to building winning teams. Traditionally, entrepreneurs or business owners also fall into this category. Another option would be to investigate the consulting world.
Now that you have heard more about different roles that coincide with different professions, think about how this will impact you long term, is the position you are interested in best suited for your hard wiring? Or will you become disengaged quickly and not perform results for your company? The results from PI can help you assess a career path to make sure you are getting what you need and meeting your employer’s expectations.