One of the biggest decisions of your higher education is deciding if you want to do MBA or MS in USA? Your graduate degree selection can significantly influence your career. You may be very happy after graduation or may not be happy if you choose the wrong degree and may end up doing another degree like me. I will give you a brief overview of importance of personality for choosing MBA or MS in this article and then give you links where to take test. If you do not know the differences, first read: MS or MBA in US. Fee, Degree focus and funding
Why is personality important for choosing a MS / MBA degree or career ?
Most of internationals planning to pursue higher education in US tend to overlook the importance of personality when choosing graduate degree which ultimately decides your career path. Some of them choose a degree or career because it gets them a job that pays more, some choose a degree because it is easy to graduate, some choose a degree because their friends or family did it, some choose because someone recommended it, some just choose a degree because they already had bachelors in the same field….so, there are variety of reasons involved. We overlook the importance of Personality. It is a very important factor that one should consider before you choose a career. Your personality defines what you are and you do not want to change your intrinsic personality for sake of money. You should choose a degree or find a career that matches your personality. If your personality matches, you will be comfortable doing the work and you will enjoy what you are doing…rather than waking up every morning and complaining, “ I hate my work…”. Imagine, if you are a introvert and Math Geek and you try to sell stuff as a sales man ? Would you be comfortable ? some may argue, I only look money I will do it, learn and change…but what if you choose a profession like Financial Analyst instead of sales man, you will love it, you do not need to talk to people, work with numbers and just have fun… Here your personality is matching your profession, that’s a marriage made in heaven! Personally, one of the biggest things I learnt when doing MS was my personality did not suit what I was doing and I did a mistake, that’s why I embarked on second masters. For me, MBA is totally worth it even if I do not make much money
What are these personality Types ? Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Jung Typology ?
According to Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs every person can be identified as by a personality type. Each person can be are identified by a Four letter type indicator. There can be 16 possible types. MBTI is a famous personality type test that is taken by many in corporate world to assess the personality and take relevant training to work with people that do not match your personality types. It is paid test and typically involves certified professionals. But, Jung Typology gives pretty much the same results as the MBTI and it is free available online. I have taken both of them and results are pretty similar.
Sample personality types:
- ENTP ( Extravert, Intuitive, Thinking , Perceiving )
- INTJ ( Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, Judgment )
You can read all the details in Myers-Briggs Type Indicators Wkipedia article
Personality Test link : Click –Jung Typology Test
What happens after you take test ?
After you take the test, results are displayed about your personality and you click on the Jung Career Indicator and it will suggest. The goal of the test is to understand your personality and see what you are good at then take an educated decision. Just be honest in answering. You are not graded here. Answer what you are now, rather than what you want to be in ! Hopefully, it gives you a better idea for you to make good decision about MS or MBA in USA and if Management is right for you or not. It worked for me. I took MBTI twice and Jung typology recently, they were pretty accurate and worked well for me. Just look the screenshots below for how to do it.
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