Some time ago I was working in a job that I wasn't that well suited to and in an environment which, while I sometimes enjoyed (smart offices, highly intelligent people, great social life) I often felt at odds with. I couldn't put my finger on why and blamed myself. Thank you Eva Caldwell, my first mentor, for what happened next. I was 'adopted' by my HR Manager - I'd gone on every course the HR department offered, so she got to know me and offered to be my mentor. She gave me a questionnaire to fill in which I did happily. Then I had an hour meeting in her office when she explained to me the results. A light bulb was lit and I am still so grateful for the insight and self knowledge I gained.
How did this all happen? What was the magical questionnaire? I hear you cry. Well don't get too excited, it was the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Now much used in the world of work. Perhaps because of the situtation I was in, it it had a massive impact and opened the path to me changing careers. I now use it to help my clients to get a better understanding of how they tick, what conditions suit them best and why people they 'don't get' aren't so weird after all, just different. To cut a long story short, MBTI is based on the reseach of Carl Jung and you can read more about it here http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/1071184/Why-Jung-matters/ . Enjoy.
And, if you don't mind me asking, have you ever reached a turning point in your career? How did it happen, what helped and why? I'd love to know.