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You're a Barn owl!

Motto: I'll work it out myself

One percent of the UK population are Barn owls.

Barn owls are symbols of intelligence, determination and wisdom. A Barn owl hunts for small animals, flying high and thinking big ideas quietly, while paying attention to small details to solve problems and develop plans.
Barn owl strengths

Patient and methodical, Barn owls are great with complicated situations and working on things for a long time. They are natural planners who are careful with facts. Barn owls are keen to research and gain knowledge on subjects in detail, often becoming an expert in the things they learn.

Barn owls:
  • Intense and serious
  • Try to make sense of their world - usually value routine and structure
  • Prefer interests that require precision and skill rather than team games and hobbies
  • Enjoy new ideas and opportunities. Often like to share their passions, ideas and beliefs
  • Like to learn by being shown and corrected privately
  • Often clever, creative visionaries with the determination to achieve their goals
  • Usually quite independent but can appear tougher than they really are
As a leader

Visionary, direct and organised. Detailed planners. Strategic and challenging. Like to stretch themselves and their team members. Tend to like and offer independence to their team members but expect success in return.

Tips for Barn owls

Forgive yourself for not always reaching your own high standards.

Barn owls at work and school

Barn owls like finding new ways to look at things.

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Find out more about the Buzz Quiz

The Buzz Quiz was developed by Education and Employers' partner David Hodgson to help young people make more informed course and career decisions, boost self-awareness, and better understand others.

Find out more about personality and careers in our interview with Buzz Quiz creator David Hodgson.

Explore these ideas in more detail and see how they apply to young people's lives and choices with David's book The Buzz.

Personality-type theory has roots in the work of Carl Jung, the founder of analytic psychology. It was later developed by Isabel Briggs Myers, as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©, and David Keirsey's Temperament Sorter. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and MBTI are registered trademarks.

The theory has been researched and applied across many areas including conflict resolution, team-building, leadership, career choices and communication.

Our animal type describes our preferred behaviour. We can all learn to adapt and change our behaviour to suit the circumstances and challenges we face.