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yachi

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Career Advice / Predictive Index Worries
« on: September 26, 2016, 05:09:46 PM »
I work Construction Management, and I took this skills and behavior test at work:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predictive_Index

It typed me as a "Scholar", showed that I like to think through things thoroughly, and that I would protect the company from risk. 

There was a section to help my manager that read something like this
"For maximum engagement and job satisfaction, consider providing Yachi with:
Time for personal reflection
Insulation from time sensitive pressures
Opportunity to learn something in-depth
Other things I can't remember"

It sounds like I'm cut out for FIRE, but unfortunately that's at least 10 years away.  Construction Management doesn't lend itself to those suggestions for job satisfaction that I can see.  Are there jobs that do?  Although I value education, I didn't pursue any past my BS degree since I wanted to start paying on loans instead of racking them up.  I'm almost 33, married with kids, so I don't think going back to get PHD and being a college professor is something I should be doing, but it would be great to have something that fits.  Would computer programming be something that fits?

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Re: Career Advice / Predictive Index Worries
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2016, 09:07:13 PM »
I work Construction Management, and I took this skills and behavior test at work:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predictive_Index

It typed me as a "Scholar", showed that I like to think through things thoroughly, and that I would protect the company from risk. 

There was a section to help my manager that read something like this
"For maximum engagement and job satisfaction, consider providing Yachi with:
Time for personal reflection
Insulation from time sensitive pressures
Opportunity to learn something in-depth
Other things I can't remember"

It sounds like I'm cut out for FIRE, but unfortunately that's at least 10 years away.  Construction Management doesn't lend itself to those suggestions for job satisfaction that I can see.  Are there jobs that do?  Although I value education, I didn't pursue any past my BS degree since I wanted to start paying on loans instead of racking them up.  I'm almost 33, married with kids, so I don't think going back to get PHD and being a college professor is something I should be doing, but it would be great to have something that fits.  Would computer programming be something that fits?
Have you looked at project scheduling?  You must see it a lot in your business. Gives you some alone time and some face to face time.

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Re: Career Advice / Predictive Index Worries
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2016, 09:31:13 PM »
"Insulation from time sensitive pressures" in construction management LOL. Do you actually strongly dislike your career? Otherwise I wouldn't put too much faith into these types of tests. In fact, there can be a strong benefit from thinking in a different way from others in your field. I know for sure I am always glad to see construction managers who aren't frantic.

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Re: Career Advice / Predictive Index Worries
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 08:42:21 PM »
@BlueHouse:
I do like the project scheduling I get to do, but I haven't seen that as a stand-alone thing, it could be interesting.

@Ragast
I thought it was funny when I saw that too.  I don't think I dislike my job. I do get stressed out at times, and it feel like between work, cooking dinner and putting my kids to bed there's not enough time for thinking about other things.

I sometimes think of FIRE as the thing to restore some balance that's been missing since my life got busier after getting married & getting more involved in my career, but if there's a job out there that fits with my personality better and makes it not feel like work, I'd be all for it.

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Re: Career Advice / Predictive Index Worries
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2016, 12:43:38 PM »
@BlueHouse:
I do like the project scheduling I get to do, but I haven't seen that as a stand-alone thing, it could be interesting.

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Oh yeah, there is always huge demand for good project schedulers.  And there is always some demand for even the crappiest of schedulers.  Google some of the jobs that are out there.  Consider going to a local PMI meeting to see what types of projects are nearby.   Pay is good too.  I've recommended it as a career multiple times on these boards and depending on your willingness to learn and advance, it's pretty easy to go from 0 to >$100K/year in 3 years time if you're in a good location.