It seems to me that everyone has a natural attraction to certain types of work, jobs, and careers. Even if people do change jobs regularly these days, it is possible to find a common thread through most job progressions if you look for it. What struck me is that perhaps we are all programmed within our cells to want to have a certain type of profession. I discussed this with Sergio, my partner in business, life, and my best sounding board. We started to see the similarities as we brainstormed the traits that we identified. We came up with three main profiles of a working DNA.

The first is the Entrepreneur. The personality traits seem to be pretty obvious. They tend to be risk takers, fast moving, very determined, and visionaries. To an entrepreneur, work is play. They are often service minded individuals who see new opportunities in old problems and are always looking for solutions and ways to make improvements. A true entrepreneur sets up a business and owns a system that doesn’t require his or her physical presence in order to function. They play a critical role in our society because they are creating new jobs and services that improve our lives. Education is really not a concern and a high percentage of entrepreneurs don’t even finish high school or college. Look at Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, John Assaraf, and Bob Proctor—all of whom have made a huge impact on the world without completing their education. They will often define success as building a business where they have a clear exit strategy, being financially free, and having the ability to serve many. These natural leaders have mastered leveraging time and resources and they enjoy income from dividends, equity, passive income from their investments, and perhaps a self determined salary. They are paid from the efforts of others.

The second profile is the Consultant/Specialist. These people tend to be independent, self motivated, task oriented, and flexible. They are quality minded and have a curious diagnostic approach. They have special skills or talents that they can capitalize on and earn a living. They own their job. They can work on multiple projects and often wear many hats. They love to work independently and have the freedom to determine their schedule. They are project or service oriented and they get paid for the results of the direct efforts. They generally have a foundational education and continue with specialty courses and certifications. They operate their business or consulting from their passion and make enough money to enjoy the lifestyle they desire. They provide important services or functions for companies and individuals that help improve and make things run more smoothly. These can be any sort of consultants, musicians and actors would fall into this category, and we also put Soloprenuers here—people who have a business but it is a one person business. They are dependent on their own efforts to receive their income.

The third profile we came up with was the Corporate Talent/Employee. These people are often more structured, team oriented, and security minded. They enjoy an organization, whether it is small or large, that gives them benefits such as insurance, retirement, vacation, etc. These people enjoy the daily interaction with co-workers, working in a team and being a part of a larger mission. Their educational background is very important and here you will see the highest percentage of Masters and MBA’s within the corporate world. These people are employees, managing other employees, and tend to have only one job at a company (although some may feel forced financially to have second job to make ends meet). They earn a salary or an hourly wage, and are paid for their daily input or contribution. A new trend for employees is telecommuting as companies are becoming more flexible but the vast majority work where their job requires them too. These people are the backbone to our society, providing value and structure, whether it is with a business, a government, a non-profit organization, or a service organization such as a restaurant or hotel. You know when you receive good service from someone who has a passion for their work because they make you feel good being there for that moment. They often define success with achieving a higher salary, promotions, better office, or status.

Our world needs individuals from all three categories and each is important in its own way. I do want to say that it is possible to grow and change into different profiles depending on your life circumstances and your desire to make that change—we are after all, reprogrammable. An Employee can certainly invest in him- or herself, get the training they need to make a change into the Consultant or Entrepreneur profile. Or a Consultant may decide that it’s too lonely and make the change to the corporate world. But I believe that a person will often revert back to their original programming over time if they do not permanently change their innate behaviors and complement their environment to support that change. For example, a corporate executive may decide to start their own company but they need to make sure they have the right team to enhance their chances of success. Without it, they may become discouraged and go back to what they know they can do naturally.

If you recognize yourself in one category and your dream is to be in another category, just be aware that you must change your behaviors and find the right support to make that change successful. It’s great to dream big so don’t let anyone stop you from believing in yourself and your capabilities!
By looking at all the jobs you’ve have had, it’s possible to see the trend and recognize your profile. This is just one step to helping you identify the best working environment and culture for your dream job. Which is your working DNA?

Author's Bio: 

Karin Volo is known as your Dream Job Mentor. She has worked in executive search for over 15 years on two continents and has placed hundreds of people in their dream jobs. She has worked internationally and has a good understanding of cultural differences and understands how important the right job or career is for a person’s well being. Her interviews often led to coaching sessions as she dug deeper to find the truths about a person’s desires, hopes, and dreams. Becoming a certified life coach was a natural step in her career of helping people. Combining her years of business with her personal experiences, Karin’s purpose is to inspire people to discover their very best and she does this through mentoring, consulting, and writing. Karin believes in focusing on the things that inspire a person to bring out the best.