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Let’s look at Jeff again. When he took Highlands Ability Battery, it revealed that he (a) was above average spatially, (b) had a high rate of Idea Flow, (c) was a Specialist, (d) had a high aptitude for Classification and (e) had only an average aptitude for Concept Organization. He didn’t know it, but that combination spelled “frustration” for any programmer.
•A high score on spatial relations visualization scale meant that Jeff needed to either work with objects or feel a sense of affecting objects and “real world”. Writing software code was too ethereal and abstract for Jeff’s brain.
•As a specialist, Jeff preferred being able to identify a body of knowledge and then attempt to master it and be recognized as a master of it. Programming was too “obscure,” too generalized.
•Having a high rate of idea flow is great for a comedian or teacher or a writer, but if you’re in a career that involves long projects and endless details, it’s an ability you won’t be using.
•And even though Jeff’s high ability in diagnostic reasoning is great for debugging programs, logical requirements of coding trade demand a higher level of analytical reasoning than he had.
The end result was FRICTION. A mismatch between person and his job that Jeff might have avoided if he’d chosen to be a systems administrator instead of a software developer. A systems administrator needs to be good at hands-on work, needs to develop expertise in a specific subject area, finds himself mostly taking on short-term tasks with concrete results and using his diagnostic reasoning skills as a systems troubleshooter.
Once Jeff saw how discord between software development and his inborn strengths and needs was root of restlessness, decision to switch to another field was easy.
“I felt like a 10-ton weight had been lifted off of me,” Jeff says. “Knowing that cause of my aggravation had been poor job fit, I was able to rid myself of guilt I felt. I was so optimistic about future.”
So find work that uses your unique traits and talents. You’ll feel as comfortable and at home as a frog in its pond or monkey in jungle.
By, Steve Bohler, MS, JCTC Founder and Head Career Coach of the Oxford Program To learn more about what you should be doing with your life, and to subscribe for FREE to the Oxford Program Cool Career Bulletin, go to: http://www.TheOxfordProgram.com