Today most Asia countries will be celebrating Chinese New Year. Each Lunar year is represented by a cycle of 12 zodiac animals. This year is the Year of the Tiger, the first since 2010.

The tiger is commonly associated with bravery, courage and strength and is also viewed as an uplifting animal that can give people hope.


Chinese New Year is a celebration of ‘out with the old, in with the new’ – a fresh approach to the year ahead.

I thought in celebration of the year of the TIGER we could explore the animal squads and personalities of Launch Your Career – if you haven’t already please take our personality quiz HERE and then share with your family, colleagues, friends or students!

Researchers have found it’s best to discover our strengths and use these to drive our behaviour. This is usually the best path to success and happiness. Of course, we can also improve any weaknesses we may have.

 By uncovering your personality strengths, and those of others around you, you can apply your learning in all you do.

 We all have different strengths – let’s celebrate them!

Tigers are:

  • Adaptable
  • Observant
  • Independent

Direct natural problem solvers without fussing or faffing about.

Often prefer action, variety and being their own boss rather than sitting at a desk.


Polar Bear

  • Responsible
  • Trustworthy
  • Organised

Able to work alone and concentrate for a long time until they finish a task.

Loyal to family and friends.



  • Considerate
  • Dependable
  • Kind
  • Determined

Really good with details and have a good memory for people and events.

Great supporting others as part of a team.

Black Bear

  • Decisive
  • Assertive
  • Confident

Natural organisers and leaders, they get things done.

Plan well to achieve goals and results without sentimentality.


  • Sociable
  • Loyal
  • Organised

Warm and friendly, they help everyone get along.

Enjoy helping people by offering practical and enthusiastic support.


  • Gregarious
  • Friendly
  • Flexible

Natural energetic performers and explorers (party animals!) and fun to be around.

Like supporting and looking out for people.


  • Spontaneous
  • Adventurous
  • Pragmatic

Resourceful and often fearless in their pursuit of interesting things to do.

Natural analytical problem solvers, especially around developing products and adapting to the situation.


  • Considerate
  • Improviser
  • Calm

Often working away behind the scenes to get the job done whilst creating positive team dynamics.

Tend to like variety and action and rather than concentrating on one repetitive thing for a long time.


  • Imaginative
  • Perceptive
  • Optimistic

Energetic, creative, fun and love to be part of the action.

Use their interest in people to help them generate new positive possibilities, ideas, and opportunities.


  • Idealistic
  • Curious
  • Flexible

Patient with people and complicated situations but not routine details.

Use their strong inner values to support causes and people they believe in.

Enjoy contemplating what motivates people often as writers and coaches.


  • Charismatic
  • Compassionate
  • Organised

Great communicators who naturally organise and involve people to complete tasks and projects creatively and efficiently.

Popular and positive among their friends and family often take on the role of mentor, coach, or adviser.

Sea Turtle/INFJ

  • Conscientious
  • Insightful
  • Idealistic

Patient, thoughtful, and calm style that helps everyone focus on what needs to be done.

Naturally creative, collaborative and interested in making a positive impact.


  • Assertive
  • Innovative
  • Determined

Natural entrepreneurs keen to make an impact, they are like conductors of an orchestra using the available people and resources to create a dramatic performance.

Live and work at a fast pace, impatient with slow progress and procrastination.



  • Outspoken
  • Enterprising
  • Performer

Enigmatic and easily bored entertainers and performers. They can frustrate and inspire themselves and those around them depending on their mood.

As natural advocates they’re great to have on your side.

Their outward confidence can hide inner self-doubt and an urge to make a      meaningful impact.

Barn Owl

  • Independent
  • Determined
  • Strategist

Often intense and able to absorb complex ideas then reimagine and invent new solutions with a forensic accuracy.

Enjoy solving puzzles, from small brainteasers to the world’s biggest problems.


Tawny Owl

  • Analytical
  • Ingenious
  • Deep

Naturally curious, inventive, and interested in thinking about things in new ways.

Usually more interested in abstract theories or technical challenges than emotions and feelings.


The year ahead can bring many exciting opportunities, there could be decision’s you may need to make around your future or plans that need to change or adapt as your path evolves. If we know more about ourselves, our strengths and personality and the way we interact – it could help those moments become clearer, those decisions become less scary, and those opportunities more accessible.

Happy Chinese New Year!



Creator of the Animal Personality Quiz – Launch Your Career