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Learning Things in Later Life

Hello, my name is Kelly and this is my blog which is dedicated to the subject of learning things in later life. I did OK at school, but once I graduated, I thought my days in the classroom where finished. For many years, I did what people do. I went to work, looked after my kids and tried to have a little fun now and again. However, one day, my friend suggested we sign up for a French course at the local adult education college. I was a little nervous at first but I soon realised that I missed learning new things. I hope this blog will inspire other people to get involved in continuing education.

Learning Things in Later Life

Introverts vs. Extroverts: Who Fits Where in the Workplace?

Roberta Wade

Many businesses now utilise psychometric testing in their hiring processes to make sure they're getting exactly the right kind of employees they're looking for. Each test is designed differently and will look for different facets of your personality. One really common thing they examine is whether a candidate is introverted or extroverted. There are a lot of misconceptions about what each type means, and of course everybody is different regardless of how they are categorised. But how does each group fit in within the workplace?


Sometimes, 'extrovert' is considered a byword for 'loud' or 'confident', but this isn't always the case. Extroverted people simply operate best in groups of people and recharge their energy among friends and family. They are likely to be less effective when working alone. This makes them really well-suited for roles that require a lot of interaction. Sales and HR, for example, would be ideal areas for an extrovert to work in as they won't tire of all the different people they'll need to speak with. However, they may find it more difficult to endure spending long periods on quiet tasks such as paperwork or report writing.


Some consider introverts to be naturally shy or afraid of strangers. While this certainly may be true for some introverts, it's by no means a requirement. If someone is introverted, it simply means that they are at their best in quiet, solitary environments and will do their best work that way. It's not that they don't like people or can't handle sociable environments; they just prefer situations that allow them to focus by themselves. This means they're very well-suited for roles that value concentration and long periods of quiet, such as analysts or accountants. They may not flourish so well in large, lengthy meetings or client negotiations.


Most people will fall into one of the two categories, but many people would be better described as a blend of the two. Think of it as a spectrum. A person could lay right at the end, fully extroverted, or they could be a perfect 50/50 blend, showing signs of both introversion and extroversion. Sometimes, psychometric tests will show this by means of a percentage.

So which type is better? The truth may already be clear. No business can function with only one kind or the other. In order to be most effective and to ensure that staff are as motivated as possible, every business needs a mixture of both. Balance is key. That way, there are employees suited to every kind of task you'll face. That means both types are as valuable as one another, assuming that both are in equal supply. Good news for job candidates everywhere! Pre-employment online testing is available for you to find out which roles you may best be suited for.