Self-awareness 

This section is about understanding what makes you tick. Whether at University, work or home, the process of understanding more about yourself can help you to make the most of life's opportunities. By identifying key skills, you can become more employable. Working out the type of person you are can help you understand how you react to different situations, as well as identify strategies to deal with any problem areas. Understanding yourself better may help you in deciding on a career path by finding out more about what options are open to you. Learning about yourself can be an enjoyable process.

Personality

4887059-3727x2480.jpg Many scientists have tried to describe the differences between human beings in an objective way. Personality inventories are an attempt to understand the differences between personality (or "type") using different scales. An example of a scale might be how extrovert or introvert someone is.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

You may have heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment. This is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.

These preferences were extrapolated from the typological theories developed by Carl Gustav Jung in the 1920's. MBTI uses a combination of the following pairs of classification in order to describe personality type:

Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)

Sensing (S) or Intuition (N)

Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)

Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)


The following are just two examples of the 16 possible combinations:

Using MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator

In order for you to become more self-aware, it is useful to understand more about your personality type. With this understanding, you will begin to see how you respond to different situations and you may also begin to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie. A personality inventory is usually self-reported, i.e. completed by the person themselves, but then "interpreted" by a trained consultant.

The 'MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator' is an online personality inventory which is free to Coventry students. Once you complete the inventory, feedback will be emailed to you automatically - no one else will see it.

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Before starting, select a place where you will be undisturbed and make sure that you have about half an hour to complete your profile.

The online activities involve making a choice between two words or statements that best describe you. 72 such pairs are presented, and you rate yourself along a scale of three options on one side or the other, an example is given in the box on the right.

 

Steps to take the MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator:

  1. Go to the website: The MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator
  2. Click on Start Assessment
  3. Select the language (for overseas students options are: English, Dutch, French & Portuguese)
  4. Select to go in using 'Client Code + Access Code + Password'
  5. Client code: tflhe
  6. Access code: coventry
  7. Password: cov051222
  8. (Ignore ID Reference)
  9. You have to click 'agree' at the Welcome page if you want to continue
  10. Provide personal details as requested. Ensure you give an email address that you can access. We suggest you do not use a Hotmail address as there are problems sending attachments to these accounts. If in doubt, use your University email address.
  11. Select 'Type Dynamics Indicator ' again
  12. Expect a couple of practice questions first
  13. Respond to the real questions by indicating your preference
  14. When you have completed all choices, click Submit

Using the results of MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator

After you complete MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator, you should get an email within a very short time, with an attachment which summarises and interprets your responses in the from of a Personality Type at Work Report.

Take time to read this report about your personality type at work.Try to understand it and what it means for you.The following word document may help you to interprete the results for MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator test.

It would be useful to save this file for future reference and show your Personal Tutor. This report may help you to understand some of the implications relating to your preferred style, these include ideas about YOUR:-

If you combine this information about yourself with your current personal circumstances and experience you will be able to make better career decisions. The report will examine what this means for you, under the following nine headings:-

A brief summary of your preferences

Why do you work?

What kind of work do you want?
What is your style of working?
Who do you want to work with?
How might others see you?
Your main assets

Areas to consider developing

Career ideas to explore

Psychometric Tests

These are timed tests, taken under exam conditions, designed to measure your intellectual capacity for thinking and reasoning, particularly your logical/analytical ability. Psychometric tests are also called Aptitude or Reasoning Tests, and assess the following abilities:

Increasingly, organisations are using these tests at a much earlier stage during their recruitment and selection processes; expect these assessments if you make job applications for the larger graduate recruitment schemes. You may even be asked to complete these tests online before you are interviewed. Large organisations will use psychometric tests as a tool to help them shortlist from a large pool of equally well qualified and experienced graduates.

It is not typical recruitment practice for SME employers' (small and medium sized) to use psychometric testing; these employers may use one one or two interview panels to understand more about your abilities, skills and relevant experience. Some SME employers will require you to have prior knowledge or experience of the role for which you are applying. This is because they are smaller organisations with less resources and therefore need you to be able to contribute to the business from day one! That is why having some relevant experience is so important for you when applying to work for SMEs. Some SME employers may also require you to complete a practical exercise which enables them to rate your skills.

Psychometric tests, used by the large employers of graduates, are designed for specific roles and are meant to be challenging but you won't be expected to have prior knowledge or experience of the role for which you are applying. Accuracy is more important than speed when completing the tests, so don't rush through them. Most tests are multiple choice and designed so that very few candidates both finish and get the correct answers. As with many aspects of recruitment and selection, preparing and practising will improve your performance. Sample questions may arrive with your letter of invitation to take the test/attend for interview.

The MyPotential website allows you to practise taking graduate level psychometric tests in the areas of verbal, numerical and logical reasoning. As soon as you complete the assessment, you will get the results and no-one else will be able to see these.

Steps to take the MyPotential Type Reasoning Skills Tests:

  1. Go to the website: The MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator
  2. Click on Start Assessment
  3. Select the language (for overseas students options are: English, Dutch, French & Portuguese)
  4. Select to go in using 'Client Code + Access Code + Password'
  5. Client code: tflhe
  6. Access code: coventry
  7. Password: cov051222
  8. (Ignore ID Reference)
  9. You have to click 'agree' at the Welcome page if you want to continue
  10. Provide personal details as requested. Ensure you give an email address that you can access. We suggest you do not use a Hotmail address as there are problems sending attachments to these accounts. If in doubt, use your University email address.
  11. Select one of the following tests:-
    Abstract Reasoning Skills Numerical Reasoning Skills Reasoning Test (RSPLUS3)
  12. Expect a couple of practice questions first
  13. Take your time and aim for accuracy rather than speed
  14. When you have completed the test, click Submit

For more help with preparing to take psychometric tests, contact the Careers and Employability Service and ask to speak to a Careers Adviser about this. You can also speak to careers staff about the results of your tests.

Select the following links for more resources about psychometric tests:

Learning style

Learning style theories offer a basis for understanding how people learn. There are many theories but the ones that have gained popularity in recent years commonly believed that most people favor some particular method of interacting with, taking in, and processing information and knowledge. This type of popular "learning style" theory originated in the 1970's and recognises the fact that learning is individualised.

It is very useful for you to understand your learning style. You can apply this knowledge not only to your studies, but also to gain an improved understanding of how others may learn differently. This has relevance for group work and for working in teams in the workplace.

The MyPotential Learning Styles Indicator is organised along similar ways to the MyPotential Type Dynamics Indicator. Obviously, it presents different choices and there are only 32 choice options presented. Follow the same instructions as above, including the same codes and password, but at point 11, select the MyPotential Learning Styles Indicator.