Another exercise going on (trainees all giving their first proper Birkman feedback), so here is a more complete but by no means exhaustive list of the obvious and less obvious implications of Birkman Areas of Interest scores in your hoozyu package:

Artistic: Yes, if you have motor-skills and talent then plastic and visual arts, including theatre, could all be options, as could professional design (architecture, media, interior, industrial). But any role that includes visual impact will engage – chefs have it, marketing and advertising people have it, facilities managers and conference managers have it, gardeners have it.

Clerical: Obvious roles are those involving administration; but someone with high Clerical interest will find any role that is about “keeping the show on the road” or “promoting sustainability” energising; it engages their love of order and predictability. At one end this could mean working with a conservation organisation, at the other business leadership and management, organizational development and talent management could all engage.

Literary: Roles involving writing (author, process consultant, technical writer etc) are obvious, as are teaching roles involving appreciation of written materials (literature, history etc). But any role which requires working with ideas, and especially those where ideas need to be captured and expressed with great accuracy fit with this; marketing communications, public health, strategic consultancy, professional communicator/presenter and even events management all fit (think about it – organizations commission events most often when they have something to communicate: working with facilitators who understand how to encapsulate ideas in a consistent and accurate manner are of great value).

Mechanical: The obvious roles include engineers, mechanics and production workers of all kinds, but fundamentally this high Interest supports “getting hands-on” with problem solving. This can range from working in a charity giving practical assistance, working with police or emergency services, all the way to managing in organizations where action is critical – logistics, utilities, it services, plus of course construction and other “outdoor” roles (farming, mining, forestry etc) which all tend to have that hands-on component.

Musical: If you have the other wiring required – fine motor skills, “musical ear” etc, then this could support a professional career in music. Theatre and dance are also obvious connections. As I said in the last post, less obvious roles include those requiring ability to spot patterns in data, and roles as a presenter (to clients, conferences or on broadcast media.

Numerical: Typical roles are accountant, actuary, maths teacher, bookkeeper. I meet a surprising number of drummers who are high numerical, but that isn’t exactly a major career category. (I am restraining myself: no drummer jokes here. Such as “what do you call a person who hangs around with musicians?” answer – a drummer. “How do you know when a drummer is at your front door?” answer – the knocking gets faster and faster. And so on.) There is a much wider range of analytical roles which can be supported by this high interest, including various IT and database / data visualization roles. It also supports a very numbers focussed approach to business management.

Outdoor: Lumberjack, farmer, postman, outdoor pursuits trainer are obvious matches for high Outdoor, but it also supports any role requiring a lot of travelling out to client/customer sites – field engineer, sales rep, consultant. Put it another way – anything that requires you NOT to spend all day at a desk or sales counter.

Persuasive: Selling (and other mar-comm roles) is the obvious one, along with legal roles involving persuasion (barrister, corporate lawyer etc), but those parts of the world I know are desperately short of high persuasive teachers (at all levels – pre-school to tertiary); as a result, students who need a lot of debate and verbal interaction in order to learn are often marginalised by school systems. Once upon a time “having a robust argument” was how learning happened.

Scientific: Scientific research, experimentation and theoretical investigation are the obvious pursuits (e.g. research chemist in a pharmaceutical), but more broadly, a fascination with “why” and research can take you all kinds of places, including financial services, marketing or business development at one end and the not-for-profit / development sector at the other.

Social Service: You might choose roles in social care, health, teaching or the not-for-profit sector, but the fundamental is about making a positive difference to others. Does this apply in the corporate world? Absolutely – my accountants in the UK are distinctive because as a firm they have so many high Social Service scores on board. What gets them out of bed in the morning? Just crunching numbers? No – it is helping their clients transform their businesses. This makes them supremely proactive and responsive in an industry that more commonly just trundles along doing compliance and the occasional crisis. (Looking for great accountancy and business services in the UK? Ask me for an introduction).