Would I Make a Good Surgeon?

Would I Make a Good Surgeon?

We recently looked into the perfect traits of a doctor, but surgeons and specialists actually carry vastly different abilities. Let’s look at one of the differences: Persons who possess a “specialist” orientation are driven to drill down into a subject area to master it. This makes them natural candidates to become experts. It can result in a lack of bedside manner. Doctors and physicians on the other hand are more likely to naturally relate to the people they serve. 

The annual salary for a surgeon is $200,000, and the field continues to grow faster than others. This career focuses on diagnosing and treating injuries or illnesses, and the education and training requirements are demanding. Physicians need a bachelor’s degree, a medical school degree, which takes 4 years to complete, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Will You Enjoy Being a Surgeon?

The Meyer’s Briggs finds most great surgeon candidates to be ESTJ or ENTJ because they are:

  • Very practical, results-oriented and respect deadlines 
  • Good at focusing on organization’s goals 
  • Natural organizers; good at making objective decisions 
  • Forceful carrying out their commitments; can be tough when needed 
  • Good at seeing what is inconsistent, impractical, or inefficient 

Could this be the best career step for you? Take this test to find out! 

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Would I Make a Good Model?

Would I Make a Good Model?

Models in the U.S. earn an average of just $11 per hour. The thrill of being famous makes it an interesting career choice, even though the field is declining. Models work in a variety of conditions, from comfortable indoor studios and runway fashion shows to outdoors in all weather conditions. Most models work part time and have unpredictable work schedules. Many also experience periods of unemployment.

Do you have what it takes to make a good model? 

What Abilities do I Need?

Above all, models to be socially perceptive, meaning they’re aware of others’ reactions and understand why they react like they do. They need hypersensitivity to color, light, sounds, and touch, plus rhythm memory. Their observation skills need to be honed so they can notice subtle differences in other’s reactions. 

Being an Introvert is helpful because of their ability to internalize roles. When interacting with others, they typically act out a role. Situations where no role has been defined are highly stressful for introverts, but models must take on and play roles with every other shoot. 

Specialist is also a helpful natural ability for models because it would drive them to want to achieve mastery in their chosen field.   

Paramount is their  natural physical structure which is critical to  obtain entry into the field.  Tall and lean body build with symmetrical facial features and ability to create and communicate different illusions and messages with their physical assets particularly with their face. 

How can you know whether you possess these abilities? The Highland’s Ability Battery test shows you exactly where your strengths are.

Natural Interests of a Model

  • Artistic — Self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.  
  • Enterprising — Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes taking and often dealing with business.  
  • Realistic — Working activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.  

Do you have these interests? 

Personality of a Model

  • gentle, sensitive people, who keep most of their personal opinions private 
  • express their deeply felt passions through actions, rather than through words 
  • patient, flexible, and easy going with little need to control others 
  • observant of people and things around them and don’t seek to find motives or meanings 
  • prefer short term to long term planning and don’t prepare more than necessary as they live completely in the moment 
  • like to enjoy the current experience, without rushing into the next 
  • usually loyal followers and good team members 

Does this sound like you? 

 Work-Related Strengths of a Model

  • Prefer hands-on participation 
  • Welcome change and adapt well to new situations 
  • Work hard when they believe their work is important 
  • Are loyal members of organizations and take orders from superiors well 
  • Thrive in supportive and affirming climates 

Work-Related Weaknesses of a Model

  • Accept others’ behavior without questioning suspicious motives 
  • Not see opportunities unless they exist at the present 
  • Feel overwhelmed by large, complex, or unclear tasks 
  • Miss opportunities due to lack of organization 
  • Feel restricted by excessive rules and bureaucracy 
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Would I Make a Good Doctor?

Would I Make a Good Doctor?

Have you ever wondered why doctors just can’t solve your medical issue?  They are supposed to be among the smartest people in the world, yet they can’t seem to figure out your issues. I warned my college son of my experience with traditional medicine doctors when he demanded to see one for his ailment. So I set an appointment up for him with one that was highly rated in the area. After the appointment, my son returned dejected. The doctor had told him his problem had to do with anxiety at college. But as my son told me, this was the summer time. He didn’t have any studies to be anxious about.   

If you look at the career ability pattern required to be a traditional medical doctor, you will notice that it doesn’t require they “think outside the box” to find a solution. In fact, it is inversely associated with the ability to earn a degree in the field. Instead they have Concentrative Reasoning. This ability that allows people to study volumes of material without distraction. And they certainly have volumes of materials to study, learn and  memorize in order to regurgitate it back when they have used their other abilities to comprehend your situation. When the solution isn’t in their field or in their books, they are not able to generate a novel solution. 

Doctors in the U.S. typically earn $200,000 a year, and the field is growing faster than ever. You’ll need a doctoral degree, as well as the natural abilities and interests. 

Do you have what it takes?

According to the Highlands Ability Battery, Pediatric Physician and General Family Physician are among of the most demanding careers. The higher the scores on Observation, Verbal Memory, and Pitch Discrimination abilities yields more capacity to notice issues.

  • Observation, the ability to  notice subtle differences, is obviously key.
  • Verbal Memory along with low to moderate low scores in Idea Productivity is necessary to concentrate and remember volumes of data.
  • Pitch Discrimination is related to hypersensitivity of all the senses enabling the physician to perceive subtle physical elements.
  • With a moderate to moderately high IP score you can expect the practitioner to better think outside the box to solve unique medical issues.
  • Design Memory is a must since it enable one to glean volumes of information from charted data about patients, although I’d say that at least a moderately high score would be sufficient. 
  • Spatial Relations Visualization is necessary for perceiving the anatomy and physiology of a patient.
  • Spatial Relations Theory is essential to understand the invisible interactive systems of biological and chemical and physiological functions.
  • Classification is necessary to perceive problems readily;Concept Orgnization is the ability to create patient plans to resolve those problems in effective and efficient ways. 


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Would I Make a Good Film Director or Movie Producer?

Would I Make a Good Film Director or Movie Producer?

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions, oftentimes under a lot of stress and deadline pressure. The payout is about $70,000 annually, and most people need a Bachelor’s degree to enter the field.

One of my favorite producers is George Lucas, producer of the original Star Wars series.  People in the industry thought he was crazy to make this new type of movie, but he stayed true to his vision of creating “another” world based on the big themes of our world. In an interview I heard years ago he described how he envisioned it. He told that he researched religious belief systems and used the dominant themes of them all upon which he would create the story.  Good wins, community of diverse people who band together to do good, the underdog saves the world from the ever-lurking evil entity out to deceive and destroy the planet. This kind of thinking demands a multitude of natural talent based reasoning abilities.

Ready to Work: Skills match my Interests

Ready to work with the skills I have for a career I love.

How he raised his children confirms his vast array of talents.  He told Oprah he had given all of his children the education they needed, but they would not receive a dime more in inheritance. How many of us would do this with our own children? Not many at all because we do not possess the breadth of his natural reasoning abilities. Can you reason out for yourself why he concluded that this was necessary? I’d love to hear your answers on this question with a comment below.

Do you have the natural abilities to be a movie producer? 

There are few occupations that demand all of the talent based reasoning abilities: Movie Producer is one of them. A talent based reasoning ability is a high score on a driving ability on the Highlands Ability Battery. They are called talent-based because they are innately born with ways to think that do not require knowledge to know what to do. Movie Producer is one of a few occupations that require all of these unique natural abilities. It also satisfies the drives or needs to express them.

How do I score?

You also need to have high scores in several of the smarts abilities.  These are high scores in multiple learning channels especially verbal memory which enables you to comprehend and recall what you read. Vocabulary needs to be at a moderate level. It is related to IQ (storage and access speed of data stored in your head).   

You also need high scores in ability combos that relate to visual and creative abilities: Idea generation or productivity, design memory and pitch discrimination. High scores in pitch are related to sensitivities to subtle variances in color, light, smell, sounds, taste and touch. You will need to explore further to learn if you have the most important ones: color, light, and sound for movie producing. 

Finally, scoring high as a generalist is very useful as a movie producer. It enables you to get into the heads of all of your employees from actors, to camera persons to art directors and so on. By that I mean that you will automatically understand them and what they need and how they think and communicate. Specialists tend to need to check in to see if they are on the same page; they don’t automatically think like others. Millennials are increasingly becoming specialists in their relating abilities. 


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Would I Make a Good Film and Video Editor?

Would I Make a Good Film and Video Editor?

Instead of being in front of the camera acting, maybe you prefer to stay behind the scenes. Film and video editors make about $60,000 per year, and the field is growing much faster than average. The role includes manipulating footage to entertain or inform an audience, usually from an office setting. Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree.

Does it Match Your Interests?

People with Artistic and Entrepreneurial interests typically have a multitude of ideas about what they would like to create. John was one of those clients, Marjorie at TheCareerProfiler.com told me. Among his list of career ideas he presented was a  videographer.  A videographer plays both roles: camera operator and film editing, but getting him to commit to a single career was challenging. In fact, working with creatives like John usually requires a different approach. For John to be successful as a “entrepreneurial creative” he needs to set a bigger vision in place that acts like a beacon on a hill – drawing him ever closer to his vision – yet allowing him the freedom to play his way creatively toward the vision that was compelling enough to draw him. Take the Strong Interest Inventory to see how you compare to John. 

Does it Match Your Abilities?

On the other hand, Bill, a hard-working family man, landed a job as a camera operator in his local television station years earlier. Not only was he tired of the work, he needed to earn a higher income to support the demands of his family. When we reviewed his three career test results, we discovered that he didn’t really have the abilities or interests to do the work of a camera person. But through experience he had developed some of the skills. To love camera work, most people possess at least one of two reasoning abilities at the “driving level.” That is to say, they press unconsciously for expression. He had none of them. We recommended that he work with his current employer to obtain more of an administrative or managerial role, which he did, and he has been managing there ever since. Take the Highland’s Ability Battery to see how you compare to Bill. 

A Quick Glance at Film Editing

  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.  
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.  
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.  
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).  
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.  
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).  
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 

Personality of a Film Editor

In a career as a film or video editor, possessing certain personality preferences and characteristics is extremely beneficial to the pleasure, general ease of work tension, and best fit an individual will find in this field. A certain Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®  personality type often finds happiness and satisfaction in this role more than others.


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