The transition from college to the workforce can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. While students are in school, they have years to sharpen their expertise (and hopefully their soft skills). However, their self-awareness and self-confidence aren’t always a main focus, as there’s already so much on educators’ plates.

Unfortunately, sidelining confidence-building resources in college won’t do students any favors in the future – especially as they learn to navigate the modern working world. A recent survey found that as undergraduates get closer to graduating, they lose confidence in their career outlook. In fact, 36% of college seniors said they don’t feel prepared for their career, compared to 20% of college freshmen.

On top of that, the mental health epidemic that affects more than half of college students could likely linger on after graduation. With this in mind, it’s critical that students are offered resources that can help build their confidence in lasting ways. Fortunately, there’s an accessible framework educators can use to increase students’ confidence – and it starts with personality type.

A student’s personality type impacts their outlook, behavior, and confidence. In fact, each of us was born with innate preferences for what energizes us, how we learn new information, the way we make decisions, and how we organize our time or environment. Because a student is predisposed to certain personality preferences, their confidence – and what it takes to build it – could look vastly different from another student’s.

 

Students can view confidence as a skill to develop

For students, the act of learning their personality type alone sparks confidence because it helps them make sense of how they’ve felt and acted their whole lives. It also gives them a nudge in the right direction for the moments when they need to step out of their comfort zone. Personality insights serve as both comforting solidarity and an invitation to grow. That’s one of many reasons this information is valuable for career counselors, advisors, and educators.

One way to get started is to have students take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) assessment, which is part of the VitaNavis® platform for higher education. The MBTI assessment gives students (and their educators) a clearer picture of their personality type – including motivations, strengths, blind spots, and overall tendencies.

The assessment comes with a range of insights and recommendations for personal development and career readiness – both of which increase confidence. The virtual, self-guided nature of the VitaNavis platform also helps increase self-efficacy and personal responsibility so that educators don’t feel overwhelmed by the idea of individually nurturing students’ confidence. Instead, students are encouraged to communicate with their advisors and counselors to choose career pathways that align with their personality preferences.

 

How different MBTI personality types are naturally confident

The entire MBTI framework opens up a colorful world of new language, a framework for development, and a foundation for confidence. In fact, here’s how each of the 16 MBTI personality types naturally show confidence – plus an idea to increase their confidence. As students get to know their personality type, this list can serve as an icebreaker for educators, advisors, and career counselors to use with them:

  • ISTJ personality types naturally show confidence by finding better ways to do the right thing. They can build confidence when they learn to trust their own instincts and share their thoughts.

 

  • ISTP personality types naturally show confidence by making new discoveries that solve old problems. They can build confidence when they build solutions with the people around them.

 

  • ESTP personality types naturally show confidence by walking their talk. They can build confidence when they learn to reflect before they spring into action.

 

  • ESTJ personality types naturally show confidence by being natural leaders. They build confidence when they actively recognize that there’s more than one way to reach a goal.

 

  • ISFJ personality types naturally show confidence by humbly working behind the scenes. They build confidence when they learn to inspire cooperation with assertive, clear communication.

 

  • ISFP personality types naturally show confidence by keeping their values at the core of whatever they do. They build confidence when they learn how to give tough or constructive feedback.

 

  • ESFP personality types naturally show confidence by living in the moment. They build confidence when they accept that being busy isn’t always the same as doing what’s important.

 

  • ESFJ personality types naturally show confidence by going the extra mile. They build confidence when they learn to cope with ambiguity and slow down their decision-making process.

 

  • INFJ personality types naturally show confidence by balancing a mind full of ideas with a heart full of integrity. They build confidence when they learn how to be more direct with others.

 

  • INFP personality types naturally show confidence by marching to the beat of their own drum. They build confidence when they learn to balance idealism with decisiveness and productivity.

 

  • ENFP personality types naturally show confidence by pushing the limits of what’s possible. They build confidence when they pause and consider the facts before jumping into action.

 

  • ENFJ personality types naturally show confidence by bringing people together. They build confidence when they tackle big issues head-on instead of sweeping them under the rug.

 

  • INTJ personality types naturally show confidence by being comfortable with the complicated. They build confidence when they learn to value relationships as much as solving problems.

 

  • INTP personality types naturally show confidence by thinking outside the box. They build confidence when they learn the importance of investing in their relationships.

 

  • ENTP personality types naturally show confidence by daring to challenge the status quo. They build confidence when they learn to trust others’ ideas and contributions too.

 

  • ENTJ personality types naturally show courage by choosing a path and sticking to it. They build confidence when they learn to value other viewpoints and perspectives too.

 

 

Need to help students build their confidence? Learn more about the MBTI assessment and VitaNavis.

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