Betty, my alternate career coach

“Alternate career coach” sounds almost like something from a parallel universe.  Nope, Betty is just another career coach at the office where Charlie works, and as he took an extra long holiday weekend I had an appointment to work with Betty today.

Last week I took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® test again just to see if there was any movement.  It’s been at least 10 years since I first took it, and I have been told that over the course of one’s lifetime you might change one of your personality preferences, and I did!  I am now a borderline “INTP (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving)” versus my prior results of being an “ISTP (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving)”. This means I have migrated to “trusting interrelationships, theories, and future possibilities” versus leaning toward “trusting facts, details, and present realities”.  I am borderline, though, so really sit on the fence.

Betty is well-versed in MBTI® and stated that being borderline is desirable as ideally we should be centered. That said, I am pretty well-balanced between Extroversion and Introversion, too.  However, I am totally a lost cause on the last two preferences being a super strong “T” who makes decisions using “logical, objective analysis” (versus Feeling) and in being a very clear “P” tending to be “flexible and adaptable and like to keep my options open as long as possible” (versus Judging).

I’m most proud of the last letter, the “P”, as it is what gives me that adventurous wanderlust! Most people that try and guess my Myers-Briggs® get this letter wrong as I as I am very organized and self-disciplined, but on all other counts there is no doubting that I am a strong “P”, and I wouldn’t trade it for the moon!   Well, maybe if I actually had the opportunity to go to the moon?!  Especially if I could hike, bike, or ride a horse on it!

Betty and I had a wonderful talk.  We clicked on many levels (Charlie suspected this would happen!), for instance that she has had past lives in the area of design, both teaching and practicing, which is a something I find interesting and believe I do well. We also talked a lot about networking, and self-branding, all next steps in the process of repositioning myself.

My head is so full!  As mentioned in my last post, I feel like I am not getting traction fast enough, and Betty kept reminding me that I am only beginning week three and I am at a totally normal place, and that I do need to go enjoy myself for a while.

So what did I learn about Betty? She is of Norwegian descent, is originally from North Dakota and attended UND (go Sioux!) and also lived in Omaha, Nebraska.  These aren’t states people typically travel to so on another day I will need to ask her more about them and what drew her to Omaha.

Interestingly, Betty met her current husband on eHarmony®, more on a whim than that she was looking to be married.  They both joined within a week of each other, were matched within a month, and married in a year.  There is a lot of irony there as she believes so much in the science of personalities.  I love finding out these little tidbits about people.  Everyone has something interesting in their life, be it a skill, or hardship, or just the chutzpah to switch things up!

Tomorrow I’m back with Charlie for some more feedback.

BTW, I can’t figure out how to footnote in this software, so anything regarding MBTI® that is in quotes above is directly from my results report. 🙂

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