Myers Briggs Type Indicator
What is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)? It is an assessment based on the work of psychologist Carl Jung and the instrument’s authors, Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katherine Cook Briggs, all of whom spent years observing human behavior. The purpose of the MBTI is to make the theory of psychological types described by Carl Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives.
Have you ever wondered why you relate to some people, while other people simply drive you crazy? Why some people just seem to speak your language, even though you know them for such a short period of time? Why some things are stressful to you while those very same things are no big deal to others?
The MBTI instrument explain why different kinds of people are interested in different things, prefer different types of work, and sometimes find it hard to understand each other – all due to basic differences in how people take in information and make decisions about it.
People around the world have used the MBTI instrument for over 60 years:
- Organizations use it to improve employee communication, teamwork and leadership
- Adults and young people use it to choose careers that are likely to hold their interest and use their gifts
- Teachers and students use it to make learning more interesting and efficient
- Family members use it to better understand each other.
The Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory is an assessment that measures interests, not abilities. Various versions of the Strong have been used since 1927 and the instrument has been further developed many times since then to include information about basic interests and personal styles. John L Holland’s system of vocational personalities and work environments provides the structure for the Strong. The underlying premise is that people are happier working in environments where their colleagues have similar interests and values.
If you are in the process of evaluating your career choices, whether that is as a student or someone interested in exploring other careers that may be more fulfilling, the Strong is an excellent tool. Statistics show that over 52% of people are not happy at work – which is all the more reason to really take the time to explore your career choices.
The Strong does not tell you what you “should” do, and it is a powerful tool when it is used to open up, rather than limit occupational choices. No interest inventory should be used alone as a basis for career or educational choices, and it is very important that this assessment be interpreted with a professional so that it is used properly.
The report generated from this instrument includes information about suggested majors, internships and extra curricular activities when a student takes the assessment.