Let’s face it: We don’t all have the sunny personality of a morning people. We’re not all people persons. And we’re definitely not all patient people. Some folks simply prefer different jobs than others; owning a daycare might be a dream job for someone but a nightmare for someone else. And no one wants their kids to go to a daycare run by someone who doesn’t love kids.
We may not all be able to make a living doing what we love, but some self-reflection can lead us to a career that’s well-suited to our personality, which certainly makes life a lot more pleasant! When we don’t like our job, we become stressed out, and our health and other relationships can suffer.
You’ve decided to get into healthcare because you want to help people, among other reasons. Some personality traits, such as attention to detail and compassion, are useful in healthcare in general. A quick look at your personality, aversions, and preferences can point you in the direction to a satisfying healthcare career.
The Big 5 Personality Theory is a common way of categorizing traits. Rate yourself for the traits below on a scale of 1–5, with 5 meaning you posses the trait strongly:
In general, we look for a 3 or more on most of these traits to be happy and successful in most branches of healthcare.
A look at our fears and aversions can help us avoid a situation where we’re uncomfortable. And in healthcare, there are plenty of opportunities for people to be uncomfortable! Common phobias include:
The environment in which you work is also a major factor of happiness on the job. Some people prefer a quiet office setting, while others enjoy the energy of the hospital. The most common healthcare environments include the following:
Give some thought to the type of environment where you feel most comfortable. Ideally, you should be excited to be at work, so it’s important to enjoy the space and activity level around you.
All healthcare tracks include each of these elements to a certain degree, but knowing yourself and your preferences go a long way toward making your job enjoyable.
At Joyce, our holistic programs of study consider our students as whole individuals. We educate healthcare professionals to thrive in their work environment.