How Can a Birkman Test Help You?
When people ask about the Birkman Test it usually goes something like this, “Could you tell me more about that thing you mentioned once that you do...I think you called it the Birkman Test?” or “I’ve been feeling super confused lately about my career choices and what I should do next. Do you think this Birkman test would help?”. The other topic that comes up a lot around the Birkman is from a parent wanting to get their graduating senior and college bound child some clarity around where their hidden strengths and inherent gifts could be for potential areas to major in. Last but not least, I also get a lot of questions from people wanting to figure out how the Birkman Test might be able to help them with their relationships. Whether these relationships are with people they work with, have business partnerships with or are in a romantic relationship-- they would like to improve it. My response is always the same - YES! The Birkman can indeed help with all of these things.
Navigating Career Transitions
When you are considering the options and opportunities in front of you during a career transition wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to gain some clarity and validation around your next step and ultimately your choice? There is nothing sadder to me than seeing someone who according to their Birkman test results shows to be an artist but has gone into accounting to play it safe. This is what is so valuable about using the results from your Birkman, you can actually align your interests, with your personality and career choice. The results will clarify for you where you land in eighteen different career areas and how strong that alignment actually is. I have had the privilege of debriefing Birkman reports for over five years now and there is little that I love more than seeing someone’s dream, that they may have been secretly holding onto, show up in their results. That moment of validation and clarity is followed by a big smile and a sense of relief that what they suspected or what their intuition was telling them was right for them, really is okay.
Choosing a College Major
Recently I had the pleasure of providing a Birkman test debrief session to a Senior in high school who was graduating as salutatorian of her class. She had the enviable problem of having many options available to her for the future and she was conflicted around which major to focus on. By reviewing her Birkman results we were able to align her interests to her actual areas of strength and discuss which avenues would be a better fit for her and how some paths, although totally doable, would require more of a stretch. We had a conversation around which strength could be used to compliment each other in her studies and in her future career. A month or so later I heard from her mom who shared with me that the conversation we had helped her daughter gain the confidence around her decision for moving forward on her selected major. In fact, and this came as no surprise based on her results, she decided to double major and not settle for one area for her future. That is what is so powerful when it comes to the Birkman, it isn’t just that you get to know yourself better but it’s that we all have gifts and strengths and if you have a Birkman consultant review your results you can more clearly identify how to leverage those gifts and strengths. Imagine if at the age of eighteen we could all have had the opportunity to start our college lives or adulthood with this kind of clarity. So many obstacles can be removed to help you on your path and stack the deck in your favor as you navigate towards your future.
One of the greatest and most rewarding parts of life can be found in our relationships. They offer us a great opportunity to see ourselves through the eyes of others, they often bring light to our blind spots and although challenging, ask us to be vulnerable enough to share our fears. How the Birkman can help us with this is by taking two reports and comparing them, to see where our personalities are complementary and where they may be more of a stretch. One of the most powerful uses of the Birkman can be found in how it helps couples with their relationships. As social beings one of the things we need more than anything else is to feel connected and have positive and healthy relationships in our life. Yet, having a relationship can feel like work at times and if things go on too long with that feeling can leave us frustrated and exhausted. I have utilized the Birkman with couples to help them better understand what might be getting in the way of their understanding, of hearing each other and of knowing what their partner needs. Many of us assume because our partner knows us well that they will be able to intuit what we need. Sadly, no one can read anyone’s mind or know for sure what you need unless you tell them. There are some aspects of our personality that when brought to light can give your partner the clues they need to better meet your needs and vice versa. We can shift the relationship from assumptions and misunderstandings around intention to clarity and connection simply by comparing and contrasting via your Birkman test results how you two are wired.
Truth About Your Results
Often the Birkman is called a test when people are casually referring to it but I like to reframe that language and call it an assessment instead. The reason being that a test implies that you can have a good or a bad score, but with the Birkman there is no good or bad score, there is only your score and what it tells you. It’s important to keep this in mind as we review your results and as you take the learning into your life and integrate the knowledge for good.
Whether it is deciding on a major, changing your career or even bettering our relationships the Birkman Assessment can improve your outcomes and help you feel more at peace in your choices knowing they are back by sound and reliable results. You are the greatest source for positive change in your life, it resides within you to make the small to big shifts needed to get you where you want to be. Start your Birkman today. You are worth it.