Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Thursday, September 30, 2004

It Has Begun (End of Orientation)

This is the first time I've been inclined to post in a few days. Something about starting school sucked out some of my desire to spend extra time in front of the computer.

Anyway, the rest of orientation went pretty well. I met the new head of Career Services, who is pretty amazing. They recruited her from the business school, and you can tell (she had a slide with "VISION" on it in big letters). Apparently, she did an excellent job at the business school, which is a good sign for the future.

The last thing we did during orientation was a presentation by a woman who specializes in organizational relations. She had us take a dumbed-down version of the Myers-Briggs test. I already knew I was an ENFP, so it was not a big shock when I came out that way again. So, anyway, we all took the test, then she had people who were at the extremes of the various axes come down and do some exercises that demonstrated the differences. Amusingly, we played exactly to type. We Ps were unfocused, while the Js talked about their to-do lists. The Is talked about how they would rather be contacted by e-mail than talk to someone in person. We Es said they'd prefer to talk face-to-face. (I came out at the extreme on 3 of the 4. Guess which one wasn't.)

Anyway, it was actually a pretty nice exercise. She had some pretty good advice on how to relate to different personality types and how to deal with the issues that come up. And it was good for some laughs, too.