Which Learning Style Are You?

To properly learn and apply new information at work, it might help to understand which of the three common learning styles you relate to most. Not only will this help increase your ability to gain new knowledge and skills, but it can also help you identify the right opportunities when searching for your future career.

Everyone learns and retains new information differently. In school, you may have even noticed some information felt clear and straightforward while other courses seemed more difficult. The reason for these varied experiences is often due to learning styles, or the method in which you process new information.

There are 3 commonly agreed-upon learning styles:


Visual learners (also called "spatial learners") process information best when it’s presented with images drawn on a whiteboard, charts, graphs, diagrams, maps or other graphics. Visual learners usually process pictures before they read the printed text and are also able to visualize concepts quickly.




People who are auditory learners prefer verbal directions and may use repetition or repeat things aloud to commit them to memory. They may ask multiple questions to understand the subject matter better and may need to hear something repeated more than once before they fully comprehend. They work well in group settings and appreciate team discussions. Auditory learners also often benefit from listening to recordings as a method of absorbing new concepts.



Kinesthetic learners (also called "tactile learners") process information through experience rather than by being shown or told. These types of learners prefer to do things that are more “hands-on.” They prefer to touch and feel items and can easily recall things they’ve done versus what they’ve heard or read.



According to Jobs website 'Indeed' here are the careers that are beneficial for each learning type:

Best Jobs for Visual Learners

  • Air traffic controller
  • Animator
  • Architect
  • Bookkeeper
  • Data scientist
  • Database administrator
  • Driver
  • Editor
  • Engineer
  • Graphic designer
  • Interior designer
  • Painter
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Pilot
  • Software developer
  • Strategic planner
  • UX Designer

Best Jobs for Kinesthetic Learners

  • Actor
  • Athlete
  • Barista
  • Carpenter/Woodworker
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Construction worker
  • Dentist
  • Electrician
  • Farmer
  • Groundskeeper
  • Horticulturist
  • Hospitality professional
  • Mechanic
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical therapist
  • Veterinarian

Best Jobs for Auditory Learners

  • Administrative assistant
  • Attorney
  • Customer service professional
  • Doctor
  • Guidance counsellor
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Musician
  • Nurse
  • Paralegal
  • Psychiatrist/Therapist
  • Recruiter
  • Sales professional
  • Sound engineer
  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Tutor

These learning types should not be the only aspect of choosing your career path, just something to be mindful of. There are so many jobs that require different sets of skills and ways to intake information. 

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