- Series: Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 3 edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316880657
- ISBN-13: 978-0316880657
- ASIN: 0316880655
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 371 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type--Revised and Updated Edition Featuring E-careers for the 21st Century Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger are principals of Communications consultants LLC and have been training professionals in the use of Personality Type for twenty years. They teach individuals and groups how to improve their effectiveness at work and at home. They live in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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Two years later I had put aside enough money to go to college full-time and finish a degree I always wanted. I so strongly believe in what this book says, it's changed my life. I hated my job, and hated the prospect of programming databases (I had to pick a degree that was work related, so my job would help pay for it. In addition, there's a lot of databases in the world to work on so I was looking at job security). I always believe That You Do What You Have To Do To, that you sucked it up and worked at where you got paid. I was taking anti-depressants and just hoping I could work one more year, year after year. I was so stressed out about work that my jaw would clench when I slept and I would bite my tongue, over and over again.
I read this book, and found out my personality type. I took the free online test to confirm what I thought. Then this book laid out for me exactly why I hated my job, and exactly why I would hate database programming. And it laid out what job I needed to be in, and why that job would make me happy.
I'm scared every now and then, because it's something new and I'm middle-aged now, and I'm used to having a job. But taking a year out to get a degree in something that will make me happy for the rest of my life will be worth it. Oh, and I've been off anti-depressants for a year now, and Doing Great!
This book won't say: "Mr. Smith, you need to work at an accounting firm for a food company in Dallas Texas." What it will say is: "Hey, you're the kind of person who loved working with numbers, and double-checking digits, here are several Fields of jobs for you, why you would like them, and why you wouldn't, and what other people who are like you are doing."
I'm actually bringing this book to college for some of the younger kids. I'm ordering another just to make sure I still have one. I wish I had had it when I was going, twenty years ago, and maybe my life would be a lot different.
If you are at all like me, get this book. Don't wonder what will make you happy, find it!
1. MBTI description instead of test...a couple reviewers said this was a con. I absolutely disagree. The test relies on your own accounts of preferences/behavior and can be influenced by who you want to be and not who you actually are. It does not ensure an accurate result. The book warns about this and if you're honest with yourself the book is more than enough to get you to the right answer because it describes actual real-life behaviors that are easy to identify with. For example, I tested as a Judger in a Myers-Briggs test because it means you're organized and on top of things but after reading the book, I could not deny being a Perceiver after reading a recount of how both personalities react to a pile of mail. It really forced me to face reality and I found it to be much more accurate than a test!
2. It gives you the ten most important things to people with your personality type. Its a great way to evaluate a new position you're considering and helps you refine the questions you need to ask your interviewer and yourself before you consider taking the job.
3. It also gives suggestions of how to make your current job more enjoyable if you are not as fulfilled as you could be and do not have the ability to change positions.
4. It gives you a list of jobs to consider and you can use this with another resource (such as the book discussed below or a career counselor) to whittle down to the jobs that are the best fit for all dimensions of you as a person (including values, skills etc).
There are two dimensions in this book that are covered in others:
1. In addition to your personality, there are a number of other dimensions that are important in finding a career that will last including, skills, values etc. that other books cover in a very comprehensive manner.
2. It does not give very comprehensive advice about going about your job search as compared to other more comprehensive resources.
I think this book is great to lead you in the right direction and help you learn about yourself and then once you have the ball rolling, a great resource as a supplement is The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success. This book is writen by a career counselor and takes the reader through the exercises he would do with his clients. It covers how to separate needs from wants, identifying your skillset and the sorts of jobs that would be a good match etc.
It took me awhile after getting these two books and reading them, but in the next couple years I actually transitioned into a new career and I could not be more happy. After doing a job that is natural and comfortable to my personality I could not even imagine going back to my previous career! Really great read and I recommend it to anyone who has the fortune (or misfortune) of talking to me about careers!