I have completed a number of self-assessment exercises but am feeling rather lacking in ideas of career paths that my interests, skills, and values could point to. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
I am a very empathetic and sensitiveindividual who enjoys helping people and employing my strong listening, observational, perceptive, and intuitive skills towards that end. I enjoy being active and productive in my work and thrive on responsibility. I am equally skillful with my mind (intellectually) and my hands (dexterous); in both areas, I am always eager to learn new information and skills and enjoy employing ingenuity. As such, I am a very adept independent learner and worker and greatly value a level of autonomy in my work. My learning and people skills are also characterized by an exceptional memory for information and details. I am also excellent at organizing and, as such, value orderliness, calm, quietude, and peace. Finding meaningful work that positively contributes to the world or an individual life is important to me, and although I can be a leader if the need arises, my preference is to be ‘behind the scenes’, not in the limelight.
On the Myers-Briggs typology spectrum I am an ISFJ
Books / Reading
(‘Older’ or ‘classic’ fiction and literature; children’s literature; a variety of non-fiction, including cookbooks, Holocaust, animals, travel; poetry; quotations)
Food / Cooking
(*NOT interested in cooking professionally-- ie: chef -- but do enjoy cooking and baking casually, especially European recipes; exploring and upholding my heritage: Italian culinary traditions, culture, and recipes; artisanal food; slow food / sustainable food)
(Especially fond of cats and dogs; dislike zoos)
Nostalgia / History
(Early 20th century nostalgia-- classic films, radio, music, vintage / antiques); Holocaust; living or public history; family history)
Nature / Being outdoors
(Gardening; spending time outdoors and appreciating nature)
(Most familiar with Catholicism / Christianity; have also studied other religions / spiritualities)
Based on what you've written about yourself, here are some ideas:
-Teacher ("Teacher" is an umbrella for so many possibilities. You could focus on an age group like kindergarten, college or senior citizens, or you could teach a specific skill like reading, ESL or history. You could focus on a population like immigrants or the mentally handicapped. Or you could become an "Academic" and be like a teacher to other teachers and professionals, primarily through researching and writing about specific subjects that interest you.)
-Community Service Coordinator
-Human Resources Generalist or Manager
-Animal Rescue Worker
Let me know if some of these seem to stand out as possibilities, and I can try to give you some related careers. Hope this helps!