Not unlike many of you, I was reading the many trade journals that I subscribe to and came across an advertisement supplement in the Wall Street Journal that redirected me to the supplements source: Americas, Universum, and their spread sheet entitled “What Career Type Are You?
In this brief test they take you through what challenges your choices. I found a neat segmentation of seven types of persons and how those types provide some, if not all, of our vocational choices. The first one is the ENTREPRENEUR.
1. The Entrepreneur is first and foremost a driven type but certainly driven by the combination of both challenging and innovative work. Organizations that would be attractive to the Entrepreneur are rapid-fire growth companies that also possess an environment of creative thinking and visional foresight. They are also capable of visualizing change or niche opportunities within stagnate slow-growth industries.
2. The Leader yearns to lead the pack. This type person wants to move as quickly as possible to the top of every organization. A Leader can only remain in the pack until he/she learns enough to leap into running it. A Leader must see growth immediately.
3. The Harmonizer is bright and very eager to be accepted by his/her peers. Satisfaction is in the team’s success first. With a Harmonizer, the driver always remains in the “successful participation” orientation within a team concept. Harmonizers are very important to successful companies; they are many times, the “morter” that indirectly holds the “bricks” together.
4. The Idealist has to be very careful in his/her career selection, since they come to the party with strong convictions that are many times, immoveable when a strategic turn-in-the-road is merited. However, it should be noted, Idealists make excellent entrepreneurs when they are first generational visionaries.
5. Hunters gain and lose interest at the speed of light. Therefore, an environment that has a dynamic of high growth potential in combination with constant a intense competitive edge from both inside as well as outside of his/her organization, is key.
6. Careerists, as contrasted to Hunters, are very satisfied with working long hours within a structured organizational environment with one large caveat . . . . he/she must “see” a clear-cut career path ahead. Without the “weeds” trimmed constantly and the path remains open, the Careerist will lose directional mortification.
7. The Internationalist covets the broadest possible global exposure. This personal type wants to become “the most interesting man/women in the world.” The parallel goal is by becoming this person; he/she has the perception of greatest control of not only his or herself but of the organization itself.