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Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Reviwed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

Choosing a career based on personality type is not a new concept; in fact, the first edition of DO WHAT YOU ARE was released in 1992 (and I can actually remember reading it when I was a junior in high school). In this, the fourth edition, hopefully even more teens will ...
Choosing a career based on personality type is not a new concept; in fact, the first edition of DO WHAT YOU ARE was released in 1992 (and I can actually remember reading it when I was a junior in high school). In this, the fourth edition, hopefully even more teens will be exposed to this great resource.

The authors, both experts in personality type and career development, put forth the idea that choosing a career path based on your individual personality will be beneficial to your success. For those worried that discovering your personality type is a difficult process, don't despair, because the authors make it quite easy.

There are four dimensions to personality type:

Whether you are extroverted or introverted.
Whether you notice things by sensing or intuition.
Whether you make decisions by thinking or feeling.
Whether you prefer to live by judging or perceiving.

Once you've discovered the answer to each of these four questions, you'll be able to discover which of the sixteen possible personality types you fall into. Once you do, you can quickly skip to the relevant section in the book.

In my case, my personality is ESTJ - or extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging. According to the authors of DO WHAT YOU ARE, my strengths lie in organization, being objective, working alone, and being a good decision maker. My weaknesses are also outlined, and include impatience with those who don't follow procedures, a tendency to overrun people, and difficulty listening to opposing viewpoints. Some suggestions for careers, based on my personality type, are as a teacher, government employee, sales, supervisor, or a manager.

Of course the above is not a full list of the strengths, weaknesses, or recommended career choices for those whose personality type is ESTJ - the above is merely a sampling. But I can say with truth that DO WHAT YOU ARE can be a great resource for those beginning their search for a career choice. I can agree that ESTJ is definitely my personality type (faults and all!) and have no doubt that this book has the power to help everyone looking to correctly match their strengths to the perfect career.

posted by TeensReadToo on October 27, 2008

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I saw all the positive reviews for this book and thought "why not give it a shot?". But, the analysis-paralysis around personality types and job fits was way too much that is not even practical beyond a point. Come on, you just cannot leave a job in this economy to purs...
I saw all the positive reviews for this book and thought "why not give it a shot?". But, the analysis-paralysis around personality types and job fits was way too much that is not even practical beyond a point. Come on, you just cannot leave a job in this economy to pursue what you are!!!!!! Instead, I prefer a book that teaches me how to excel instead in my current workplace. I chanced upon another book titled "The Career Journey" by author Ram Iyer. For some reason, that book is not listed here but I ordered from Amazon. It was really one cool book with a lot of practical suggestions and tips on how to excel at your current work environment and rise up the corporate ladder.

posted by Honest_Christian on December 14, 2010

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

    A good guide for anyone

    I was laid off earlier in the year and since have found another job. But, in that time I read this book to try and see what fits my personality the best. The good thing is I learned that my current career already catered to my strengths. So I guess you can say I lucked out on my career path. But I was completely open to other possiblities (if the shoe were to fit).
    While you are reading this book and learning career paths for each personality you may not have the "light bulb" go off in your head. But, this book will get your brain thinking and deciding what is important to you and your career. And that may be just as helpful.
    In this down economy, if you have the means, there is no better time than the present to start doing or pursuing what fits you best.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    An Interesting Read

    I enjoyed reading this book. It provides useful career advice for each of the personality types and lists specific careers that are popular with each. I recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about personality type or for anyone looking for a new career.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 30, 2010

    Hound job database

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    Good read but don't limit yourself to a category

    This is a good book for people who do not trust themselves to find their way. However, by categorizing yourself by a personality type, you may limit yourself. I believe in being the best I can be and trusting myself to choose what is right for me. I read Optimal Thinking six months ago and defined my ultimate purpose and most important goals and then took the most constructive actions. I am now in my dream job and am glad I did it by relying on myself to choose what is best for me. You can do it too. Use the good information in this book to choose what is best for you without boxing yourself into a category!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Great insights into personality type and life direction

    Great insights into personality type and life direction

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    I've recently been going through some work issues. A friend recommended I read this. Although I've been through my personality type before, I found this book very helpful in identifying more of "who I am" and what my preferences are. It helped me single out what was frustrating me with my current employers, and the type of work environment I prefer. Although nothing has changed at work, I have. I understand where my "struggle" is coming from. Some of the career suggestions were not for me, even though most of those with my type like them. But, gaining a better understanding of myself, and the different types I work with, has been helpful. I've also taken StrengthFinders in the past, and found all 5 of my strengths correlated to my type. I'm still chewing on all of this. But, it's another tool to help bring some clarity to your worklife. If anything, it will help you understand why you react the way you do at work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Would have been useful BEFORE college!

    This book explains well the different personality types and provides us with real life examples. I had some challenge when it came to assessing which type of personality I was. There is no formal questionnaire to guide us and I thought it lacked structure. Even though the authors provided many examples and description for each dimension that make up our type, it felt more like guess work to me than psychological/scientific findings. However, once I managed to figure out my type, the results were VERY consistent with reality. It provides extensive descriptions of each of the 16 personality types and, highlights in detail what job satisfaction means for each of these types, accompanied with a list of best suited careers and professions. This book helped me learn more about my type and understand more about myself, but I am still no closer to selecting a second career more suited to my personality, as they all seem to imply getting a totally different education. I wish I had found that book 10 years ago, right after high school!

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