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    (INFP) Are there any careers for me?

    I am in college doing general ed because I cannot decide on anything. I'll spend hours searching just to find that there's nothing right for me. I like writing and music, but that doesn't equal a high guaranteed paycheck, which I need. My career needs to not be too stressful (due to depression and anxiety I have no tolerance for stress), have a high pay (80k/year or higher), and not require grad school (maybe a master's but a PhD would be way too long). This pretty much narrows it down to finance, but I hate math. What can I do? I would like to be an Optometrist but college is already really difficult and I'm only in my second semester, how the heck will I do med school? Plus it takes too long to be an optometrist. I want to work in healthcare but it all requires too much school. What can I do? I'm starting to feel hopeless like there's nothing for me.



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    Wow I am dealing with almost everything you just said.

    Here is INFPs problem with careers
    - Fear of failure so dont want to try anything new
    - No motivation to do anything (life has no meaning, worlds too materialistic...)
    - Want to explore all the options but never pick one
    - Changes mind every 5 seconds about everything
    - The world doesnt deserve my work...
    - Wondering if clouds have emotions isnt exactly a well paid job
    - Fear of further anxiety

    I found that the busier we are the more we are able to do more things (if that makes any sense). Therefore, If optometry is really something you have a passion for I would suggest pursuing that or youll spend your whole life regretting it. I would advise against writing or music because most writers and musicians are not paid well and if you are unsuccesful your low INFP self esteem will become even worse. At least if you have a good job, you will have somewhere to get your confidence from and sometimes good jobs can require writing and music too!
    Hope I helped...
    Gotta help myself too

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexibaka View Post
    Wow I am dealing with almost everything you just said.

    Here is INFPs problem with careers
    - Fear of failure so dont want to try anything new
    - No motivation to do anything (life has no meaning, worlds too materialistic...)
    - Want to explore all the options but never pick one
    - Changes mind every 5 seconds about everything
    - The world doesnt deserve my work...
    - Wondering if clouds have emotions isnt exactly a well paid job
    - Fear of further anxiety

    I found that the busier we are the more we are able to do more things (if that makes any sense). Therefore, If optometry is really something you have a passion for I would suggest pursuing that or youll spend your whole life regretting it. I would advise against writing or music because most writers and musicians are not paid well and if you are unsuccesful your low INFP self esteem will become even worse. At least if you have a good job, you will have somewhere to get your confidence from and sometimes good jobs can require writing and music too!
    Hope I helped...
    Gotta help myself too
    I'm glad someone can relate. INFP is the worst personality type ever. For now I'm thinking of becoming an optometrist and working really hard, because I really want to be one. I hope thinks work out for you. If you're like me you're going to want to get involved in something calm that helps others.
    The Hungry One thanked this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexibaka View Post
    I found that the busier we are the more we are able to do more things (if that makes any sense).
    This is so true! I thought it was just me!

    Last semester was my "easy" semester and I did terribly despite it. This semester I took three jobs and five classes (three really hard classes) and I'm doing relatively better! Very weird!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hungry One View Post
    This is so true! I thought it was just me!

    Last semester was my "easy" semester and I did terribly despite it. This semester I took three jobs and five classes (three really hard classes) and I'm doing relatively better! Very weird!
    Ya as INFPs once we get out of our heads sometimes, its surprising how much energy we actually have

    Just curious whats ur major?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexibaka View Post
    Ya as INFPs once we get out of our heads sometimes, its surprising how much energy we actually have

    Just curious whats ur major?
    Neuroscience! :) Are you collecting INFP majors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hungry One View Post
    Neuroscience! :) Are you collecting INFP majors?
    Haha yeah I am!

    I love neuroscience! that is my ideal field! But I'm a little afraid it will be too much work
    Right now Im majoring in psych and doing premed courses

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    Something social work or counseling?

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    Why do you guys need such highly paid jobs? There must be some backstage desire. Wanting money just to have it doesn't seem very INFP.
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    To OP:

    If you're that stressed out about school and thinking about your career, perhaps you should sort out your depression and anxiety issues because it seems like all of what you want to do requires some hard work and effort. I'm not saying that hard work and effort = stress (and if you can manage your time and work well, you won't get too stressed), but if your depression and anxiety cripples you from doing work, then that will cause problems. The whole school seems difficult bit sounds like your depression and anxiety are affecting you from doing well. I say this because I was in a similar boat my second year, but I did much better my third and fourth years, which were considerably tougher in terms of material and the amount of work I had to put in.

    Alternatively, the tech field (e.g. computer science) is pretty lucrative, provided you have the appropriate skills. I think they tend to be pretty laid-back most of the time.


     
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