Job Selection Criteria: No People, No Pantyhose

How did you select your career? What were the clues you had early in life as to what you would be, what you would do, how you would proceed?

Back in college, my criteria for job selection was this: “no people, no pantyhose.”

I didn’t know what that meant.  But it has held true.  And looking back, I see that it was getting at something very profound for me: I prefer working alone; I prefer working at home; I prefer not being in structured environments with expectations of others breathing down my neck.

When I took a battery of tests (the wonderful Highlands Ability Battery) to help me sort out my gifts (90% score on “observation” and 95% on “typing speed”) and non-gifts (5% score in spatial relationships), I found out that — surprise! — I “prefer a casual work environment with little formality,” and “regret commitments to binding engagements because they close me in” and “focus on the inner world and get energy through reflecting on information, ideas, and/or concepts.”

So what I found out through testing, which was valuable and validating, I already knew: I prefer no people and no pantyhose for my work environment.

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~ by Cary on June 25, 2010.

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