Career Center uses Jung personality test to guide students in job placement

Kevin Sheridan and Kevin Sheridan

The American River College Career Center hosted a Jung personality assessment during a College Hour on April 8.

The free typology test is based on Carl Jung and Isabel Briggs Myers’s typological approach to personality.

Jung was a famous Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist during the early to mid-1900s and is considered to be the founder of analytical psychology.

The test they developed can be used to discover what careers and occupations are most suitable for one’s personality type. The test provided also gives test takers examples of institutions where they can get relevant education or training.

Janice Klar, adjunct counselor, presented the event. She insisted the typology test has real value for job placement.

“It helps students figure out their careers,” Klar said. “It’s really important to have self-awareness. People use (the test) in psychotherapy. (The better) self-awareness you have, the better you can choose your career, right?”

Test takers can also see which famous personalities share their personality type and can access free career development resources.

The results of this test can also be used in the Jung marriage test and the “demo” marriage test, to assess compatibility with a long-term romantic partner, according to Klar.

The test uses four different scales called preference scales. Both sides of the scale expressed different personality traits such as extroversion vs. introversion, sensing vs.intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and judgment vs. perception.

Attendees were asked to mark where they fit on this scale and whether or not they were extroverted or introverted. The attendees were then asked to asked to discuss the differences between extroverted people and introverted people.

They then were asked to divide their personality traits into one of 16 personality types, including  INTJ (introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging) and ISTJ (introverted, sensing, thinking, and judging) personalities. The instructor emphasised the fact that different personality types can mesh, and create a more versatile personality type.

The test further divided people people into SJ (stability), SP (freedom), NT (innovator), and NF (Visionary) personality types.

Only two students attended the college hour, but those who did say it was well worth the trip.

“I’m looking for a job, and (the Career Center) told me to come here,” said ARC student Zahra Mahmoudi.

“I wanted to know if I had changed much. It turns out I really hadn’t changed. I am more flexible (with my personality), but that comes with time,” said ARC student Gloria Avery.

Klar also organizes stress management workshops at ARC. Those workshops will be held on April 24 and May 1 in the Career Center.