Finding Your Passion or What Makes a Job Right for You?
Guardians - Finding Membership and Belonging
In this five-part series of articles, we're examining each personality type and job fit.
While Guardians would probably not substitute the words "Finding Membership and Belonging"
for the Baby Boomer phrase, "Finding Your Passion," these are driving forces behind a
Guardian's need to find life satisfaction.
The Guardian type most driven to show some type of leadership is the Supervisor (ESTJ).
Many seek a career where they can either run their own business, or move up the ladder to
positions of influence. Those who do not find this opportunity through work may show
leadership in a volunteer position. Others are driven to give service to the community
in such areas as government employee, military or police officer. Some are drawn to more
technical positions such as engineer, or computer analyst. Still others find their sense
of belonging in the professional community by becoming a dentist, judge, or physician.
Says Gordon, "It took me a while to find the right place for me. After a bad car accident,
I changed my focus and eventually became a building contractor where I could call more of
my own shots."
The Guardian type most driven to perfectionism and detail is the Inspector (ISTJ).
They are attracted to fields where accuracy and precision is needed. They are often
found in business and/or finance in positions such as accountant, insurance underwriter,
office manager, or bank examiner. Like the Supervisors, they may find their niche in
civil service as a detective or an IRS agent. Professional positions in teaching or
medicine and legal and technical occupations are also attractive.
Says Benita, "I found that I wanted to work in a position where I had the time to
make things right. As an estate planner, I enjoy helping people work toward a safe
and secure future."
The Guardian type known as the Provider (ESFJ) is sometimes known as the "Santa Claus"
personality since they are generally well-liked and notice whenever situations become
"naughty or nice." They provide for the welfare of many and usually show well-developed
social skills. They are happiest in positions where they need to deal with people. It is
not uncommon to find them in health care, as a physician, nurse, or respiratory therapist.
They also can be attracted to the field of education, social service, or religion. In
business they may be a retail owner, receptionist, real estate agent, or sales
representative. The common theme is their service to others. Says Alice, "As a teen
I did hospital volunteer work, but decided I preferred education so got my teaching
degree. I've been teaching elementary school for 5 years. I love helping children
The last Guardian type is the Protector (ISFJ). This is the Guardian least likely to
seek positions of leadership since they may feel uncomfortable in the lime-light. They
are often seen as the people who do whatever is necessary to keep things running smoothly.
They do their best to prevent problems. Like the Provider, they can be attracted to fields
in medicine, education or social service. In business, positions that combine some type
of social interface with time alone are best for them. If they choose technical positions,
they prefer ones with at least some independence, such as electrician, or photographer.
Says Patrick, "I was attracted to portrait photography because I am able to help people
look their best and celebrate significant times in their lives. I take time to create
the best portrait I can."
Finding a place to belong, to contribute to society, and have a sense of security and
confidence in their abilities, is key to the Guardian's sense of well-being.
People want to have a life that gives them a sense of personal satisfaction.
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