Career Match, written by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou, is a book that helps a person identify his or her individual personality type and find careers that match it. A copy of this resource is available in the Career Development Office.
The book is effective only if the reader utilizes the self-assessment at the outset, but the assessment is easy and takes only about five minutes. Based on the assessment, the reader is identified as having a primary color, secondary color, and introverted or extroverted tendency.
After the initial assessment and a brief introduction to personality typing, the rest of the book is broken up into personality-specific sections for each of the sixteen total personality types, and a reader needs only to read the sections pertaining to his or her type.
For each personality type, the authors begin by providing an introduction to the primary color and then specifically address each subtype, taking into consideration the secondary color and introvert/extrovert tendency. Specifically, for each personality type, the book gives examples of well-known individuals embodying that type, ideal work environments and careers, typical challenges, interviewing styles, and capacity to be a leader and team player.
After a general description of each personality type, the book then provides tips for how to recognize other people’s personality types and how to interact effectively with them. For instance, the authors describe how the reader can use other people’s personality-specific strengths to help the reader perform his or her own jobs better and communicate more clearly with other personality types.
The authors then provide a section on financial information. One part discusses entrepreneurial opportunities, describing how different personality types approach starting and running their own business venture. Another part of this section describes how different personality types negotiate salaries, manage budgets, and save for long-term goals.
Finally, the book concludes by providing the reader with a framework for creating a career roadmap. The reader is guided through a process that helps to organize strengths, desires for ideal work environments, and potential job ideas to create a long-term professional roadmap.
Overall, the book provides some interesting insights, but it is not geared specifically toward law students or lawyers. However, for readers already planning to become lawyers, the explanations of the personality types can help them to improve their interactions with people with whom they may otherwise have difficulties and to understand better with what types of people, and in what practice areas, they will prosper.