MBTI® Test ESFJ Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Enterprising, Conventional, Social (ECS) (GOT)
As socially focused beings, ESFJ Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) Test personality types tend to align with specific careers. Popular ESFJ careers include meeting, convention, and event planners, who tend to attract natural planners that enjoy spending their time establishing social order. They tend to be warm and sensitive individuals who are quick to restore harmony and stability to an otherwise unstable situation. This is the essence of the Extroverted Feeling with Introverted Sensing (ESFJ) MBTI® test personality type. (Myers, CPP. 1998)
Those working in meeting, convention, and event planner ESFJ careers will perform various tasks revolving around decisions made pertaining to events and the staff and services related to the event in question. These tasks can include meeting with sponsors and organizing committees to plan the scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets, or to review administrative procedures and event progress. Meeting, convention, and event planners can also coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security. They also spend a fair amount of their time inspecting event facilities to ensure that they conform to customer requirements. Meeting, convention, and event planners also consult with customers to determine objectives and requirements for events such as meetings, conferences, and conventions. Similarly, they plan and develop programs, agendas, budgets, and services according to customer requirements.
In order to successfully navigate these tasks, meeting, convention, and event planners utilize a variety of tools including two-way radios, notebook & desktop computers, public address systems, videoconferencing systems, and various electronic technologies to assist them with communication and general coordination efforts. Additionally, individuals in the meeting, convention, and event planner industry require a knowledge in clerical, administrative and management, personal service, and sales and marketing areas in order to be successful.
Those in this ESFJ career field will do well to develop their active listening, time management, and social perception skills. The Meeting, convention, and event planner career field also requires one to be dependable and ready to take the initiative while working well with others and maintaining a strong attention to detail. ESFJ careers as meeting, convention, or event planners generally require a four-year bachelor’s degree, but this is not always the case and some positions can be entered with some college experience or an Associate’s degree.
As long as you stay true to yourself as an Myers-Briggs ESFJ personality type and are sensitive to the needs of others around you, you will have great potential as a meeting, convention, and event planner.
Below are employment trends for Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners:
- Median wage: $22.24 hourly, $46,490 annually
- Employment: 94,000 employees
- Projected growth (2012-2022): Much faster than average (22% or higher)
- Projected job openings (2012-2022): 44,200
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