Philosophical Ranting of an Engineer

Personality Type

June 14th, 2006

I am looking for work this summer and am sending out a copious amount of resumes. One company requested that I send them a “flavor of your personality.” This is a first draft of that flavor.

I am a introvert who believes that interaction with other people is one of the most important things in life. I consider rules to be exciting because creating them is an opportunity for design, and they give a foundation for creativity.

Design and theory are what I most enjoy about academic topics, preferring to focus on high level concepts than to dwell on details. Designing an application is more interesting than writing low-level algorithms, however if creative design is a part of writing the algorithm, then it can be just as interesting.

I have spent nine years playing roller hockey and through this I have come to realize why I enjoy the sport so much. It is not the action or the speed or the complexity, though I do enjoy those aspects, it is the interaction and coordination between teammates. I am however motivated to independantly learn things that interest me. It was my desire for weirdness and departure from the norm that interested me in juggling and unicycling, but it was my discipline and self-motivation that allowed me to enjoy these activities, despite never having any companions.

If a more boring description is necessary, you might want to look at this description of the INTJ personality type, as it describes me well.

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