A Possible Career for Jason

A couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t surprised to see that Jason’s homework assignments all revolved around exploring his own preferences in terms of interests and possible careers. He took three different tests online, one of which I immediately recognized as a version of the Myers-Brigg Personality Indicator test.

You know the one. It asks you to choose your preference in various situations and it’s designed to discover whether you’re introverted or extroverted, intuitive or sensing, thinking or feeling, and perceptive or judging . . . or something like that. I recalled that when I took it, I ended up being an INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging). So I was curious to see where my son would end up on this other man-made “spectrum.”

I decided to watch and say nothing as he answered the various questions, though more than a few times as he answered, I had to bite my tongue because that wasn’t how I saw him at all. In fact, I got to wondering how accurate this test could be for someone who has a hard time stepping outside of himself enough to judge how different circumstances truly affect him. His first result: ISTJ.

He went on to take the other two shorter tests and then let the computer spit out the jobs that seemed a good fit. There was only one–some kind of housing inspector. Jason and I looked at that and then at each other and said, “What?”

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, when I took one of these kinds of tests in college, I was told I was most suited to be either a Priest or a Rabbi.

Anyway, I encouraged him to take the personality test again and this time I prompted him a bit based on what I knew of my son. This second time around, he turned out to be INTJ and two main careers were suggested:

Desktop Publishing or Library Science. Both were a much better fit. Of the two, he said he’d prefer working in a Library.

I was happy to discover later, in a blog posting about careers suited to those with Asperger’s, that Library Science can be a good fit for Aspies.

In any case, based on those results, he’s begun to lay the groundwork for his college courses, with an eye toward earning either a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (which can all be done online) or a Bachelor of Science degree in University Studies (which requires some courses toward the end in residence). In either case, he’s thinking he’ll focus on the areas of English, Communications, and Literature.

Finally, a glimmer of a plan for his future. YES!

And how ironic it is that most of his senior pictures for high school were taken in our local library. Here’s one of my favorites:

Now my only concern is: With the rise of e-books, is the future of libraries in jeopardy? How will libraries change in the next five years, and will it still be a good fit for my son by the time he graduates?

Originally posted 2012-10-26 06:00:51.

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10 thoughts on “A Possible Career for Jason

  1. Library Science sounds great! My sister in law worked as a librarian at the BYU library for many years, but it definitely has become more computerized and melded with “information science.” I have a friend whose husband got a masters in library science at the UW (after his military career). I’m sure Jason, with your help, will find his way to something he really enjoys.

    • Thanks, Kristen. The more we push toward his future, the more afraid he gets. So, we’ve got to take this slow. He doesn’t even want to consider an MA at this point. He said he’d be fine as a Library Technician or Assistant Librarian. Small steps.

  2. Libraries will live on. I just visited our local library here in Kanab and was amazed at how they’re adapting to the digital age. Did you know you could check out individual books in MP3 format that are small enough to fit in your pocket–no messing around to download, just check it out, listen, and return it.

    How great to have Jason thinking of that as a career track, coming in already prepared to work in either print or digitial media.

    • Yes, but I still like your idea of recording audio books. If we move to Utah in the next few years, we’ve got to get going on that! I’d love to get him involved with that, too.

  3. There are many kinds of libraries and jobs in them. For example, a friend received her Masters in Library Science from BYU many years ago. She worked at the Library of Congress, first as a cataloger for the library, but then as a cataloger / bibliographer for the Congressional Research Service. After 31 years, she retired. Next she worked for the Legislative Reference Library of Texas in Austin, which services the state legislature. She has now retired from that job but still works there on a contract basis cataloging materials. Perhaps Jason would enjoy cataloging.

    • Thanks for sharing, Jacque. He might, indeed, though there’s a good bit more to him socially than one might suspect (as long as he’s around those he likes) and I’m not sure cataloging would give him enough people time.

  4. Rabbi Tanya . . . nope, can’t see it.

    Here in AZ a lot of schools have let go their librarians and replaced them with less expensive media aids. Does he like working with computers? If he had a library science degree plus work in computers he would be well poised to work with ebooks and library websites. That might give him a comparative advantage.

    • Thanks for the tip, Janette. He likes working with computers, so that might work as long as it’s not TOO technical.

      And you didn’t say you can’t see me as a priest.

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