So maybe I should’ve gone to be a mechanic or an engineer…

Whilst surfing the web, I came across someone saying they recently did a Myer-Briggs personality test and how she had married to someone who was completely the opposite of her. The topic sparked up many memories I had from my management classes back in Uni. I still remember doing those tests, and I had I rough idea of who I was, but I had never been able to get a concrete answer and the same result each time.

Now that I understand myself a lot better than I did back then, I decided to give it a try… and this time around I was a solid ISTP.  It was solid because at first when I read through the result, I was going ‘yep, that’s me, yep and that too…’ Before I knew it, I had ticked off the entire list in the summary section and I was so amazed. They had me so spot on. I know within myself that I am exactly this kind of person. So I decided to share it with you all. The website had said:

ISTPs (The Mechanic) generally have the following traits:

  • Interested in how and why things work
  • Do not function well in regimented, structured environments; they will either feel stifled or become intensely bored
  • Constantly gather facts about their environment and store them away
  • Have an excellent ability to apply logic and reason to their immense store of facts to solve problems or discover how things work
  • Learn best “hands-on”
  • Usually able to master theory and abstract thinking, but don’t particularly like dealing with it unless they see a practical application
  • Action-oriented “doers”
  • Focused on living in the present, rather than the future
  • Love variety and new experiences
  • Highly practical and realistic
  • Excellent “trouble-shooters”, able to quickly find solutions to a wide variety of practical problems
  • Results-oriented; they like to see immediate results for their efforts
  • Usually laid-back and easy-going with people
  • Risk-takers who thrive on action
  • Independent and determined – usually dislike committing themselves
  • Usually quite self-confident

Knowing very well that this totally had me written out on paper, I clicked into what sort of careers are suggested for these type of people.

Possible Career Paths for the ISTP:

  • Police and Detective Work
  • Forensic Pathologists
  • Computer Programmers, System Analysts and Computer Specialists
  • Engineers
  • Carpenters
  • Mechanics
  • Pilots, Drivers, Motorcyclists
  • Athletes
  • Entrepreneurs

To me, all these career paths seem interesting and I can so imagine myself doing these kinds of things. Looks like I’m a bit off course on all accounts… haha…

    • Franklin
    • April 23rd, 2012

    since you’re in the military, the network to get into the police force or forensic work is there dude.. just ask around and see if you can find out which superior you need to have a drink session or two with to start the ball rolling 😛

    And you’re never too old to be an entrepreneur (think the KFC dude!)

    • Well… yes and no… theres still lots of tests and what not you need to pass in order to get put somewhere and the training involved have to be credited to something etc. Uhh… long story short… pretty unlikely that will happen. Hahah…
      But man… don’t compare me to Colnel Sanders… I’m not that old… =.=

    • Franklin
    • April 25th, 2012

    well i’m saying if the KFC dude could do it at his age then we at our age don’t really have an excuse 😉 And yea there will be lots of hoops to jump through but the army community /network would be pretty useful if you know the right people!! (just like any major network really…)

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