Do What You Are

Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

Useful for anyone seeking a meaningful career and especially young people. Readers determine their Personality Type, then identify occupations popular with each Type. The book offers each Type’s work-related strengths and weaknesses. Read a full review.

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Review posted January 18, 2018

3

Was an interesting turn around.

Tawnya Ballard

Review posted January 7, 2018

3

Very helpful. Some new insights.

L1lfish

Review posted December 28, 2017

5

I love this! I'm a huge fan of personality tests and this is a meyers-Briggs-type test for career planning. I got this book for my high-school son, who's struggling with what direction he should go. Being that I am 20 years into my career, I looked up my suggested careers, and found I am right on matching my areas of interest to the different things I've don in my life.

kristarosales

Review posted December 8, 2017

4

I had, in the past, heard great things about this book! It really is a fun read, and nice to have on the shelf for anyone in the family! We actually will be putting it to good use with our children to help them set out on a good foot as the enter the workforce.

Malasada44

Review posted December 1, 2017

5

I knew about personality type before, though not a whole lot. This helped me understand the concepts behind it much better, and it reinforced the results of those free online tests you can take to determine your personality type. I like that they repeat that not every single thing about a personality type is true for a person who falls into that category. Even with a system to categorize, we are all still different. This book was very handy in helping me understand my strengths and weaknesses better with regards to my career path. I've been unemployed since the end of May, and at this point six months in I've begun to lose hope of finding anything. This book helped me narrow my search for jobs though, so I'm not applying for anything and everything. Instead, I'm trying to apply for jobs that I am both qualified for but also think would be a good long term fit for me. It was also quite interesting to read about all the other personality types, and to recognize them in the people in my life. It can be quite helpful with dealing with different personalities if you understand what makes them tick.

kateayres1181

Review posted October 30, 2017

5

Fascinating book that allows you to dive into your personality test further and enlightened me on what interests me and how that can be tied to the way my personality is set up. Would highly recommend.

crhughes72

Review posted October 25, 2017

5

this was very insightful. I learned which personality type I am, and lo and behold, I have the perfect personality type for what I'm majoring in! Such a good confirmation.

omeara

Review posted October 21, 2017

4

I found the book to be helpful in finding out what I need to change about my thinking in order to get my dream career.

kavakels

Review posted October 11, 2017

4

I work with college students, and this book has been an amazing resource to talk with them about their career and vocation. There are so many fun examples and stories for them to learn from. Thank you for providing yet another amazing tool for my work!

abbyrowland

Review posted August 22, 2017

4

A valuable source to getting it all sorted out.

Sjs8876

Review posted August 9, 2017

1

I thought this book would be much more kid friendly. I wanted to use it with teenagers I work with. It is not easy to read. The information is good but just not written in a way that was to my liking.

ShantelRSenn

Review posted June 30, 2017

5

This book is helping me as I determine the next step in my professional life.

marie

Review posted June 16, 2017

4

This was a great asset to assist my grandson who is graduating from high school! Also, my daughter just graduated from college and both completed the Meyer Briggs and used this book to clarify the results.

amanda.knopf

Review posted May 25, 2017

3

This book, full of hands on exercises, was helpful in terms of self-reflection and generating more information about why I work the way I do and why I'm interested in particular careers, but it wasn't very helpful in a concrete way--I don't feel like I've discovered anything new really. I just solidified and justified things I already knew or felt about myself, and the actual job searching section was very slim and unhelpful. I wish there was more material toward the end about how to look for the types of jobs you've discovered are right for you and how to stand out in the application process, now that you've gone through the whole book.

jeshorb

Review posted May 11, 2017

3

Great book covering the different personality types, strengths of each, and areas for growth. My one feedback would be that although the book is designed to help readers identify their "personality type", those who have already taken or participated in a Myers Briggs inventory and know their "type" in advance, have a richer, better understanding of how the book can help them as individuals, and explain the personality types and traits of those in their work environments.

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Review posted May 9, 2017

5

This is a great book to help people understand their personality type and how it relates to the type of work they would most enjoy, your strengths, pitfalls, and various advice pertaining to your personality type. It is a great book for furthering your understanding of yourself and others. I work at a High School and it is a great book for students to review with thinking of potential career options.

mindigo

Review posted April 14, 2017

4

Exploring one's personality type is fun and interesting interesting. Pair that with matching it to a career is also useful. This is a good resource for anyone wanting new ideas about what to be when they grow up, despite their age.

nshumaker

Review posted April 6, 2017

5

Very interesting.

staffelv

Review posted March 3, 2017

5

I really enjoy this book. It is amazing how accurate the Myers-Briggs personality test is. I don't think people should test themselves. I have had it done twice and the process takes many hours. I like seeing how it predicts what career I should have...because that is the career field I ended up in.

sarahmweber

Review posted February 3, 2017

5

Great book!

tcaisse

Review posted December 15, 2016

5

Loved this book. The Meyers Briggs personalities are detailed nicely, and applied to real life in a way that modern youth can understand. I gained a lot of career insight from this.

abrowne1

Review posted November 2, 2016

3

This was an interesting resource. My only hangup about it was the lengthy process that it would take to get through the activity. Also, if using the book with youth, if was not very engaging to look at.

EarlDizon

Review posted November 1, 2016

4

Like What Color is Your Parachute?, Do What You Are helps readers figure out what they should be doing in life- in terms of a career. I would say even adults would find this useful. Even those who love their jobs may find this a good read.

Kirsten777

Review posted September 12, 2016

4

A wonderful addition to our library.

pennielayn

Review posted September 6, 2016

5

This book was quite interesting. It really opened my mind to the type of personality I have. Along with what would suit me as a career. After reading this I have found I would like to be a doula an achieve my early childhood development degree.

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Review posted June 15, 2016

4

Another great addition to my professional library. Great for following a new path or finding direction in your current profession.

lguliasi

Review posted May 25, 2016

5

I found the information useful as I am starting a career and figuring out what my interests are. I thought I knew my personality type, but this gave me a different perspective. It was very easy to follow and informative.

ChristyCD

Review posted May 23, 2016

4

Good info on personality type and how it relates to work. I liked the insights on the strengths/weaknesses of each type and how to balance them. Also the different ways to "verify" your type were helpful.

nikki

Review posted May 18, 2016

5

I'm excited to share this information with students that I work with to hopefully guide them toward fulfilling careers.

mandy.stanley

Review posted May 3, 2016

5

Great book

Edie Reid

Review posted April 29, 2016

4

What a great opportunity to apply the Myers-Briggs personality type to career choices. The authors did extensive research and taught seminars to hone this craft. It was helpful and I am grateful to get this information prior to establishing my career path.

bhua

Review posted March 16, 2016

3

I find the concept intriguing and it would be nice to fit oneself into categories for easier selection of a career. If I were to compare my answers a decade a part, I might find that I am in a whole new category and in need of a whole new career. It is a nice first step for those that are curious and seek a starting point into knowing oneself, but not an end all be all solution.

Ginger

Review posted March 4, 2016

4

Informative and helpful to find your personality type through paths to a "suited to you" Career. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we are doing that we forget who we are; I'm glad I read this, it reminded me of who I am.

PatriciaSnyder

Review posted March 2, 2016

5

This gave me a great overview of what careers might fight my personality type and also provided some insight into other personality types. I will keep it as a reference book to help me understand working with others.

TabithaHenricksen

Review posted February 27, 2016

4

Very interesting information regarding coordinating MBTI info with career choices. I thought their information regarding the hierarchy of functions made the concepts easy to comprehend. I especially appreciated the information regarding developing skills as you age. It helped connect the dots on why I am feeling compelled to pursue things I consider outside of my core skill set. The profiles had great insight into understanding self and others. Thoroughly enjoyed.

realestate

Review posted February 27, 2016

5

Good read . Your personality does matter to your career

Gelindo L. Ferrin

Review posted February 24, 2016

4

This is a great book for helping you discover your true calling. there is a lot of useful information, but also a lot of info to look through before you get to the meat. All in all a great resource for finding the tools to your calling.

Tools4RSchools

Review posted February 17, 2016

4

What an excellent book, two of our three teenagers read this book and have made some great observations of themselves. We are waiting for the third to finish and we will have a very lively family conversation around the nuggets they have gleamed from it's reading. I vey much enjoyed reading it as an adult, it opened up my awareness of the kids and the way they do things (each of them differently) I can't wait to see how my thoughts align with the conversation with them. I highly recommend this book, especially if you have older teens that are unsure of their potential.....

rdebey

Review posted February 9, 2016

4

This book is a great book to get one started in the process of thinking of what type of work would be best, or making a career switch. Its easy enough to complete the process and I felt my personality type really did describe me! A great tool for those contemplating a change or who simply desire more self-awareness.

kdebone

Review posted January 20, 2016

4

Completed.

ndicicco

Review posted January 7, 2016

3

I have used this book with a few of my students and all of them have found the information valuable.

Kstruble

Review posted December 16, 2015

4

I recently took an online personality test and wanted to learn more about my type. This book offered not only a greater understanding of my personality traits but also specifically what my strengths and weakness may be in given situations. Being that I am changing my career focus, the tools and tips from this book will help guide my interview efforts in a whole new light!

swankcam

Review posted December 9, 2015

5

Great Book! Easy to read and share with my students. I am a mentor who works mostly with high school students that want to be in health care but some are undecided. This book easily guides students to possible career interests based on their personality type.

Lingreen

Review posted December 8, 2015

4

I enjoyed the amount of analysis and depth that this book provided. The careers that were correlated with my Myers-Briggs type were spot-on with what I consider to be the best choices for my personality/interests. I would recommend this book to any incoming college freshman or anyone who isn't sure that their chosen career path is exactly right for them. The one thing I would suggest is that readers also make sure that they take a real Myers-Briggs test, as the book only provides a self assessment, and I'm not sure how accurate that is.

pstafford86

Review posted November 23, 2015

4

This book was interesting on the personality types and gave good description on the types to make it easy to distinguish. Also good input on how to work with different personalities and how to handle it.

Brownju

Review posted November 19, 2015

1

It was not usable in my class for middle school students. It may be a book for other age groups. I read a few chapters and began to lose interest. This would not be a highly recommend read for my teaching friends.

sherrybohn

Review posted November 17, 2015

2

Entertaining but basic

Educaspire

Review posted November 15, 2015

5

I couldn't wait to get this book. This is a wonderful, go-to, self-help guide on finding one's own personality type (Myers/Briggs type indicator). You can use it alone, or as guide with other books or online personality tests. The easy to use step-by-step directions guide you through the process of determining what type of personality you are and the best careers that fit within those guidelines. As a volunteer college mentor, I will use this book as a resource to help students find the best college majors and/or careers that would interest them.

joannmc3

Review posted November 12, 2015

4

Additional tool for understanding MBTI. This book analyzes personality types by looking at how individuals process info, make decisions and interact with the world and indicates which type describes them best. What is really helpful is that the next part of the process is linking your strengths with numerous occupations that are popular with people of similar type. The book gives step-by-step instructions on how to use your unique strengths to narrow your job search.

castillo_katie

Review posted November 4, 2015

5

As someone who majored in psychology and studied the theory behind Meyers Briggs typology, this book was amazing! It allows you a real in depth knowledge of the types and allows you, by guided discovery, to find out your type which is so much more meaningful than taking a inventory. Seeing my type and the thoughts, feelings, expression, and jobs that would interest me had me wanting to scream from the rooftops "Yes, this is me!" I am fairly new in my position and just went through a stage of finding a career and knowing that things I was doing right and wrong was almost reassuring. I may have bumbled along and fell into what I wanted, but this book helped me see the pieces of me that led me to this place.

janicadobra

Review posted November 4, 2015

4

I use MBTI and SII often when I do career advising, and I found this book as a great addition in helping me explain to my students/alums what might be causing lack of satisfaction in the workplace. I especially like to use this type of assessment to try and convince people that sometimes it might not be the job they are in, but it might be their communication style with their supervisor or colleagues based on their MBTI that is causing their lack of satisfaction.

tkwilson

Review posted November 3, 2015

3

Good book, I have shared with my students to get them to start thinking about career ideas

rgarcia.cruz

Review posted November 2, 2015

5

I love that this book looks at different personality traits and then looks at popular careers for those traits! The book also looks at strengths and possible pitfalls that one might encounter for each trait! I think high school counselors would enjoy using sections of this book with their students!

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Review posted September 22, 2015

4

A good book with insights to help align life, skills, likes and dislikes.

Jackie LaBonte

Review posted September 16, 2015

1

This book is wonderful with insights I appreciate about Personality types. I always encourage students to pay attention to the truth about themselves and follow that course in deciding on a career. Helpful information and I enjoyed the profiles.

kwhitso

Review posted September 8, 2015

4

This is a great tool to work with students to identify personality "types" and look at implications-including career fits. It was interesting that I had done the full Meyers-Briggs assessment as a young adult and have found that I identify with a different personality type than years ago.. the quick assessment summaries will help to look more closely with students at their types and to use as a relationship building tool too. My 16 year old daughter was interested to look at her personality type and see what types of things she would be good at--which are the very things that she is interested in doing. I will definitely use this resource with students and coworkers in the future.

perrindamon

Review posted August 24, 2015

3

The premise of this book is that you can discover your ideal job based on your Myers-Briggs personality type. Because not everyone knows their Myers-Briggs, the first quarter of the book is devoted to telling readers how to figure it out. Then it goes on to describe the sixteen personality types. And then it devotes a chapter to each of the sixteen types to talk about fitting careers. It uses storytelling to illustrate points, which makes for better reading than just the facts. This is no "What Color is Your Parachute?" Rather, it is "Your Parachute is one of 16 Colors."

Misbooks

Review posted August 22, 2015

3

interesting. helpful tool.

silvrkly

Review posted August 17, 2015

4

This book was a source of information that would have been very well used several...(many) years ago. It is well worth reading by anyone wishing to understand why and how they have chosen their field, and/or what to choose. This was shared with my 17 and 20 year old grandchildren...they are making career decisions. Very easy to understand and follow as the information is provided.

mona Staehr

Review posted May 28, 2015

3

I work with Teen Parents, assisting them in finding ways to finish High School or GED. Over the past 2 years the reoccurring theme has been a lack of vision for the future. Not having a goal/dream of what you would like to do makes it hard to find the motivation to finish high school or GED. I acquired the book to use with the teens over the summer. My hope is that knowing your personality type will bring some creative options to the mind of the teens and give them a sense of hope for the work they will do now and in the future. I like the lay out of the book. It is easy to use and seems to be helpful. I am happy to report I am in the right profession although I could........ 

Sebastian

Review posted May 18, 2015

5

This book is an excellent resource for anyone either entering the job market or contemplating a career change. It guides the reader to identify his or her particular inclinations with occupations that are most suitable to different personality types. In addition, it serves as a source of inspiration for those searching for work that is meaningful, rather than a mere well-remunerated job that doesn't necessarily fulfills one's vocational calling. Recommended.

JannTaylor

Review posted May 12, 2015

4

I work in a Career Center and I am always looking for a quick tool to give to students to get them thinking about how their personality, interests, aptitudes and skills can help guide them toward a career. This book was easy for me to use with students. Lots of good advice regarding how to use your personality strengths and be aware of your potential "blind spots". Recommended!

abeachy

Review posted May 7, 2015

4

This book may feel overwhelming and cumbersome if one is not familiar with Meyers Briggs. The size alone will deter those who want quick answers to what career are most compatible with their personality type. The book does a nice job of walking you through the Meyers Briggs section by section. It can be very affirming and stirring if you stick with it.

jpadgett

Review posted May 6, 2015

3

This book was an interesting discussion starter with my two daughters, both Ford Leadership graduates. One is attending college and the other is graduating from HS this month. They had both taken the MBTI during FILP and this furthered the discussion of what types of jobs/careers/work settings they might enjoy or be best suited to. Thank you for the opportunity to read and share these books. I am "old school" and appreciate getting to hold a book, turn the pages, and read the printed word. I mark certain sections to review later or discuss with family or friends. Love the Select Books program!

mcribbins

Review posted April 21, 2015

5

This book was great! It helped you to determine your personality type, then to match your type to different career fields. It was especially good for young adults who are trying to determine their career path.

alexandrabieker

Review posted April 15, 2015

4

I thought this book was very insightful into personality type. I think that delevoping self-awareness around personality type is very useful for thinking about a career path. The only downside to this book is the ease of use with students/others. It would be difficult to quickly assess them without having them complete the myers-briggs assessment on their own.

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Review posted March 4, 2015

4

The book is very good. It covers careers, but also the personally types. I was reading it and I was able to find what type my friend is and the way they work. The book also covers what we are best at and what we need to do to improve on. I would say any age should read this book. Even if your not looking for a job. It will give more insight of who you are.

Lisa.Dillon

Review posted February 16, 2015

5

Very informative, thank you!

willeford_h

Review posted January 20, 2015

4

Very useful and informative book. The strengths, weaknesses, and 'love the job you've got' sections were very helpful.

rmarcus

Review posted December 30, 2014

5

Do What You Are does a really fine job of laying out the different parts of the Meyer Briggs personality types as well as discussing temperament, so the reader can discover the traits of their personality. This book is not and does not claim to be a "quick fix" to career issues and is not "one size fits all." It lays out some really practical ideas for thinking about a career search, career change or even how to make the career you have better suited to your personality and strengths. I like that the book does not treat everyone as thought they are the same. It really looks at the strengths and possible weaknesses of different personalities. Reading this book gave me new perspective bout whether or not to stay in my current field and try to make things better, or to look elsewhere. I highly recommend this book both as a way to better understand personality, and also to think about your career.

CharLumae

Review posted December 16, 2014

3

"Do What You Are," by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger, explores how understanding the sixteen Myers-Briggs (MBTI) personality types can help match people to suitable career options. I was drawn to this book because I have an interest in how people construct concepts of self. I have struggled to understand the perceived value of the MBTI, so I am exploring it further to gain a better appreciation of what people find compelling about it. As "Do What You Are" is a widely read book that provides thick description of the Myers-Briggs model, including a variety of case studies showing how people apply the model to their own lives, it was a good resource to help me better appreciate the Meyers-Briggs model in one of its most popular contexts. After reading the book, I did not find the MBTI to be any more helpful to me personally; I still find that it amplifies perception of some qualities and minimizes others to the point of oversimplification for my purposes. However, I think I do understand better now what others may enjoy about it. I see that it can provide a systematic way to generalize about why others behave the way they do, rather like astrology, but in my mind better, since the source for the generalizations is more rooted in everyday human experience. The introvert/extrovert dichotomy is clearly useful in many cases, and the other dichotomies, though questionably applicable, do broadly teach that different people are motivated by different things. This overall message would be valuable to job seekers, who benefit from reflecting upon personal suitedness to different types of work.

cmelton

Review posted December 9, 2014

5

‘Do What You Are’ provides the tools for determining your personality types and specific explanations and implications for each of the 16 types. I have used this material to support some of my high school aged clients in personality and career exploration. I also used this tool to evaluate my own personality type and assess my strengths and weakness in my own chosen career path. This book provides valuable insight on how to improve your career satisfaction by acknowledging weaknesses and providing tips on how to compensate for them while still remaining true to your personality traits. I also thoroughly enjoyed the real-world stories of individuals with the same personality type and how they are successfully advancing their careers. The Millennial section is especially relatable for my high school clients!

mgdwn

Review posted December 8, 2014

4

I thought this was an interesting book, and that it helped me learn more about the Meyers-Briggs types. The hierarchy of functions part didn't really make sense to me. It seems to me that someone's dominant function would have more to do with how strongly they scored in that function than with their overall type. For example, if someone is an INTP, this book says their dominant function is Thinking, their auxiliary function is Intuition, their third function is Sensing, and their fourth is Feeling. But what if they scored borderline between Thinking and Feeling, and very strongly on Intuition? It seems their dominant function should be Intuition, and that Feeling would come ahead of Sensing. The book doesn't explain why they hierarchy of functions is the same for every person with the same type, it just lists the hierarchies for each type. The chapters on what types of careers are best suited to each personality type was good, though there was a lot of boilerplate text that was the same in every chapter. That could have all been put in one chapter instead of repeated. Maybe the authors anticipated that people would only read the chapters on their own type. I found it interesting to read about all the types, though. Overall, the book gave me a deeper understanding of personality types and not only what careers are best suited to them, but why.