High or Low in Conscientiousness
The Big Five utilizes a combination of five personality traits to assess an individual’s personality: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. An easy way to remember the five traits is through the acronym OCEAN. Everyone has a different amount of each of these traits; rather than saying people either possess a trait or don’t, the Big Five test notes that each person ranges on a spectrum between the two extremes.
The Conscientiousness trait shows how thoughtful, goal-oriented, and controlled someone is. Those who are more conscientious tend to be more self-disciplined and persistent. Those who rank lower in conscientiousness tend to prefer spontaneity and procrastination.
More conscientious people tend to…
Less conscientious people tend to…
When someone scores higher in this category, they are more likely to be prepared, reliable, and ambitious. They are thoughtful and considerate, carefully considering how their actions will affect those around them. Conscientiousness makes them highly self-disciplined, which helps them effectively accomplish their goals.
Respect their time and schedule, communicate your thoughts directly, and share your appreciation for their considerate, hard-working attitude.
Because people who are more conscientious tend to easily keep themselves on track, they make great leaders or independent workers, and thrive in environments that hold them to high standards.
Potential job ideas for those who rank higher in this area are:
Each person has a different combination of the Big Five traits, so potential job suggestions can vary, as people may prefer careers that utilize a different personal characteristic.
When someone is lower in this trait, they tend to dislike structure and be less organized. They generally prefer to make plans at the last minute and may have a difficult time completing their assignments without encouragement from others. They sometimes act without thinking, which can have a negative effect on those around them.
Offer them support and hold them accountable to their responsibilities; respect their need for spontaneity, but encourage them to consider the consequences of their decisions.
Environments that are less predictable and require more manual work may benefit people who are less conscientious, as it allows them room to both improvise and grow. They generally work well when pursuing a passion under strong leadership.
Potential job ideas for those who rank lower in this area are:
Each person is different and has a unique blend of the Big Five traits. Potential jobs will differ if some decide to pursue a career that favors a different personal attribute.