Are you an INFJ personality type?
If so, does your career support your very unique motivations, strengths, and preferences as an INFJ?
People often choose their careers for reasons that have little to do with their personality type. Sometimes their parents push them in a particular direction.
Many of us choose a career path because of the financial potential. And some of us just land in a career because it was the first thing that became available after graduation.
That's what happened to me, and as an INFJ myself, taking a job in retail public relations when I graduated from college wasn't a bad move, but it wasn't the best.
There were parts of the job I loved (writing, creative thinking, brainstorming in small groups), and other parts I hated (public speaking, the competitive environment of the retail world).
While some INFJs get lucky and are able to find a career in something they love, too many don’t love what they do. Some people actually dread going to work.
Someone may dislike their career for many reasons, such as low pay, a bad boss, no ability to grow, long hours, lack of benefits, and stress. But personality type plays a huge role in job satisfaction.
This is especially true for INFJs who seek more meaning from their careers than other personality types.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test places people in one of sixteen personality types, with INFJ being one of them. INFJ stands for introversion (I), intuition (N), feeling (F), and judging (J), describing the preferences of this personality type.
According to the Myers-Briggs Foundation website, INFJs have the following characteristics:
Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.
The INFJ personality type is rare, making up less than 1% of the population. They tend to be caring, complex, and intuitive balanced by an ability to plan and make things happen.
There are some INFJ careers that are great for people with this personality because they support the INFJs deep need for meaning and service.
You often find INFJs in the helping professions such as counseling, the ministry, social work, and teaching. They also make great writers, artists, designers, and musicians.
However, there are several career paths INFJs would do best to avoid if they want to stay true this personality type.
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