Best Career and College Advice for ESTJs from 3 Successful ESTJs

ESTJ

ESTJ stands for Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging. Of all the Myers-Briggs personality types, ESTJs are the 5th most common (9% of the population), and the second most common (11%) for men. ESTJ individuals are for the most part reliable, incredibly goal-oriented, hard-working, and grounded in a reality of facts and experiences upon which they base their decisions.

ESTJs are quite capable of dealing with life on their own, but truly excel in group environments. Due to their “take charge” attitude and a predilection for setting goals, sticking to their principles, adhering to rules, and making decisions, ESTJs frequently fall into leadership roles both at home and at the office.

Take, for example, some famous ESTJs, including: Bill O’Reilly, Martha Stewart, Michelle Obama, and George W. Bush.

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Interviewee 1:head
Age: 51
Gender:  M
Location: Sunbury, Pa

Job Title: High School ROTC Commander (retired Major, U.S. Marine)

 

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your educational history?
A: Graduated from Albany University. Enlisted in the Marines. A proud 20 year veteran. Then got my master’s in education.

Q: What is your current position at work?
A:  I run the R.O.T.C. program at an urban school district in Pennsylvania. Also teach part time at the high school level.

Q: Do you feel like your education was a good fit for your personality?
A:  My education in school, yes, academically. But even more so my time in the marines, which taught me toughness I never knew I had, discipline, leadership, team building and brotherhood (between men and women on your team).

Q: Do you feel like your current role at work is a good fit for your personality?
A: Yes sir. I wish you could give my students the chance to chime in here and give their opinions. As their team leader I willingly and easily take charge of situations. I’m strict. Things have to be done a certain way, the military way. But of course, I recognize that I am dealing with kids 14 to 17 years old.

Q: What are strengths in work and school that you’ve gained from your personality?
A: Discipline. My job as I see it is to mold young men and women who are looking to me for a strong figure in their lives. Not everyone in my unit will go on to serve in the military. Many do. But all of them are seeking the kind of strength I provide as a grown up in their lives. I deal with kids from broken homes. Kids who are under the radar academically (not all of them). Some are discipline problems. They are taught to be proud of themselves. They wear uniforms. They practice drills. I’ve been known to be unreasonable to people who don’t understand where I’m coming from. For me, it’s all about the kids. The “E” in me comes out every time I lead the unit out onto our practice field and shout out orders. Maybe that’s the marine in me too. You think?

Q: What are weaknesses in work and school that you’ve felt due to your personality?

A: Well, I’m not the easiest person to know. I know I project a sternness that is off-putting to many. I’m a straight shooter. I’m a marine and I know no other way. Life can be tough and these kids, many come from tough environments. I practice a kind of tough love. I love em all, but maybe my exterior doesn’t show it.

 

Interviewee 2:head_two
Age:   44                Gender: M                           Location:  Brunswick, Ga.
Job Title: site manager, general contracting business (construction)

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your educational history?
A: Attended Georgia Tech. Grad school in Kentucky

Q: What is your current position at work?
A: I’m a project manager with an engineering-architectural firm that specializes in school district construction projects.

Q: Do you feel like your education was a good fit for your personality?

A: Yes. My job is exactly a good fit as I coordinate and oversee general contractors as they work on projects. My schooling prepared me for the kind of detail that is absolutely necessary in my profession. I am an environmental engineer. The science of what I do was learned at GaTech and afterwards.

Q: Do you feel like your current role at work is a good fit for your personality?

A: Here’s the thing: I enjoy people and I feel bad when I have to do things that I don’t necessarily like doing. But, it is my job and I will do what needs to be done. I’m dealing with projects that cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Things have to be done right and on time. The people I work with and those I manage, I hope that people will understand how I work, and that they can separate business relationship vs personal relationships but, that just isn’t the case all the time.


Q: What are strengths in work and school that you’ve gained from your personality?

A: My ability to carry through on a project. I also have twin masters: I have to report back to my company on a daily basis our progress and needs. I have to report to school boards on any added costs, or (hopefully) savings. I deal with on-site managers making sure that all work is done on time as planned.

Q: What are weaknesses in work and school that you’ve felt due to your personality?

A: I don’t think it’s a weakness, but my work requires an abruptness that others take as rude. I’m judged by whether I bring in a project on time and on budget. It’s a bottom line business. But I also have to work with people coming at me from all different angles. I have to be less a friend than a strict, tough manager. In school, you don’t learn necessarily how to deal with people. Workflow issues yes.

 

Interviewee #3:head
Age: 35                              Gender: F
Location:  Queens, NY                                           Job Title: Office manager

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your educational history?
A: Went to Manhattan U. Took business courses. Some liberal arts courses. Thought I might be a high school teacher but didn’t think I could handle a classroom of kids.

Q: What is your current position at work?
A: I work for a clothing manufacturer in Queens. I do all the paperwork, dictation, data entries for our executive staff.

Q: Do you feel like your education was a good fit for your personality?

A: That’s hard to say because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life in school. I got married at 27 and had a baby shortly thereafter. Took some time off and it was time well spent with my son. A few years later I went back to work to help support the family. I realize now I also needed to work, needed to be in a situation where I was needed and where I could show off my skills.

Q: Do you feel like your current role at work is a good fit for your personality?

A: It is. I worked for several companies and things never quite worked out. When I landed with my present firm, it was small enough that I was allowed to take on many roles, but mostly run the office while the executives and sales staff were out selling. I am good at documenting work, taking charge and that’s what I did in our office. Now I’m settled, but looking back, it wasn’t easy.

Q: What are strengths in work and school that you’ve gained from your personality?

A: My determination to get things done right, in an orderly fashion. In school, as I look back, I was pretty much the same way. Did my assignments. Was precise. Very neat. My papers were always so well organized. At one point I thought I’d either be a teacher, helping to organize lessons, or an accountant, since I’m good at numbers.

Q: What are weaknesses in work and school that you’ve felt due to your personality?

A: I’ll talk about work: I can be so self-absorbed in my work to the detriment of any personal life with my work colleagues in the office. I’ve been known to seem unreasonable and when I’m stressed, I will project how I feel about myself onto others. Being in charge is stressful. I know that people like me. But I think they also think I work myself silly with the hours I put in. At work, I’m all seriousness. I feel like I have to prove myself every day. My bosses think I have good leadership skills. They leave me alone. And I really enjoy the freedom they give me.

 

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