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This is a discussion on Careers and Jobs within the ENFP Forum - The Inspirers forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; What careers are you guys into? I've worked at Dunkin Donuts, Tax Assistant in a college, Accounts Receivables, and now ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Careers and Jobs

    What careers are you guys into?

    I've worked at Dunkin Donuts, Tax Assistant in a college, Accounts Receivables, and now I'm working at CVS. I have an accounting degree. The only fields I actually had a chance at is with computer work. At CVS, I had to work to constant sweat to make the job barely satisfactory to my manager's liking. I know this ESTJ/ISTJ co-worker who doesn't break a sweat and was able to be more efficient than I am. The rest of the co-workers don't do quite bad. I'm the least favorite there. I figured that retail is the wrong field I'm working at.

    What jobs will work great for ENFPs?



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    Well , I'm doing 1L so I guess that means any legal profession: soliciter lawyer or barrister lawyer.

    Being a lawyer is probably not an NF career but anything which has a bigger purpose is fulfilling, you know ? :P

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Psychiatry..

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I think that ENFP's work well in any job where being more knowledgeable than other people and grasping complex concepts is looked for and highly valued.

    I'm in engineering and being 'senior' or always showing up doesn't cut it. People want to know answers to their questions and they value the people that have them.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I just answered this question in the "I wish I didn't have to make choices..." thread. I tried to post the link but it told me I needed to have at least 15 posts and I don't, so I'll paste it below.

    I've had over two dozen jobs and I'm still searching for "The One." I love every new job for a while and then I get bored and go looking for something new. I've been working IT for a while in a variety of different positions - I like training, consulting and user support positions best. But hilariously I'm not that into computers - I just love helping people and exploring different environments so it's a pretty reliable way to gain access to both of those things while having a lot of interesting puzzles to solve.

    Wish I had more insight, but I seem to have an insatiable addiction to novelty so I get bored easily, get restless and then move on. I haven't found anything that holds my attention for very long. I'm lucky if I last a year or two at jobs before I'm searching for "the next big thing" and the cycle repeats itself.

    Good luck. =)


    I read somewhere that of all the personality types, ENFPs are most likely to switch majors multiple times and least likely to finish a degree program. I got a general associates after switching programs so many times I just had “enough credits” to graduate. School is pretty easy for me, but I hate the idea of “jumping through hoops” and it took me quite a while to cowgirl up and find the willpower to finish my bachelors degree. I’m still not sure if it was really worth it, but at least I qualify for more jobs now. =)

    I have also been jealous of people who just "know" what they want to be when they grow up because I've never had a clue. I enjoy so many different things that it is hard to choose just one. I really admire people with a career they love because they seem to radiate passion/contentment/happiness – all desirable qualities that I have found elusive when it comes to employment.

    My confession is this: I've had over two dozen jobs. I don’t tell people that often because I feel like it sends the wrong message about me, but I actually feel a secret sense of pride in my buffet-style job history. There is a reassuring kind of certainty in knowing I can learn things very quickly and easily adapt to new environments. But it also scares me that "THE ONE" might not be out there. It's fine for now, but I feel like it could present some serious problems later because finding new jobs gets harder with age.

    The pattern goes like this: 1) Read a job posting and fall in love with the idea and possibilities of a job. 2) Rework my resume to include relevant past positions and experience, score an interview, rock it out and usually get the job. 3) Start job and gorge myself on new processes and personalities while kicking total ass. Often get offered promotions or management positions. 4) Realize the job is not actually that awesome as I have run out of new people to meet and new things to learn and a boring routine is developing. 5) Begin to stagnate, hate and resent job and reduce ass kicking while increasing complaints. 6) Start browsing job listings and begin the cycle anew.

    I am on stage 6 right now with my current job. I have wasted a lot of time wallowing in stage 5 in the past, but I know now that when I hit stage 4 it’s time to start casually looking. By the time I hit stage 5 I have reached critical mass and should proceed immediately to stage 6. Unfortunately patience is not always easy for me and waiting for a murky future to materialize can suck big time. Sometimes if I wait too long I can get depressed and devolve into obsessive doubt and despair that nothing better will ever come along. I have some history and perspective behind me now that the universe always provides eventually, but it never seems to happen as instantly as I'd like. =)

    I have had quite a few IT jobs and that's probably the closest thing I’ve got to a “career” despite how I spin my experience at job interviews. There’s plenty of variety and different types of positions to choose from and I am valuable because I am really great with people. Most IT professionals are not known for their stellar social skills so my uncanny abilities to understand, communicate and relate to people on their own level is somewhat unusual. But strangely the actual job functions don't really matter that much to me as long as I have new puzzles to solve and people to help. Sometimes that makes me feel a little fraudulent or manipulative because the task at hand is always just an excuse to gain access to people and talk to them while I am fixing their problems. I always have a conversational agenda, but I try to use my powers for good. =)

    Trial and error has helped to refine my search parameters and optimize success. For example: I know better than to ever, ever take a full time desk job or any position where I am responsible for a lot of repetitive duties, paperwork or data entry. That is a soul killer every time. I also try to steer clear of micromanaging bosses or jobs with a lot of strict rules and bureaucracy. I prefer training, consulting or support positions that allow plenty of independent field work so I can entertain myself with a lot of different people and have plenty of departments/buildings/work sites to explore and analyze. Identifying these things has increased my overall job satisfaction and slowed turnover somewhat, but hasn’t stopped it entirely.

    Unfortunately (and to my great despair) the working world seems to reward stable, long-term employment with desirable perks like regular raises and retirement plans. I've got an IRA set up now that should stand for "intermittent retirement account" because all I do is roll my retirement funds into it whenever I leave a job. This is a vast improvement over earlier years when I ignored/forgot cash out deadlines and the tax man chomped away 40-50% of my 401k contributions. Now I make sure to get the appropriate forms before I quit and roll it immediately so I don't forget – and hope against hope that one day my little chestnut will grow into a mighty oak. =)

    I've been looking for a new job lately, but I’m not totally fried at my current position yet. I stumbled into a few freelance web design projects and that is positive distraction complete with cash bonus. I have decent entrepreneurial instincts and often fantasize about self-employment, but I have doubts about it as my primary income. I struggle with critical elements like organization and follow through that are kind of essential to successful long-term business management. I've been doing some research on how to simplify or automate my problem areas or hire out tasks that would be most difficult for me to manage like billing/bookkeeping. There is potential for sure, but for now I still need a day job to get by.

    So that's about the size and shape of it. On the good days, I see my buffet-style career path as interesting and empowering. On the bad days, I see it as immature and unfocused. Who knows. Maybe it's both. =)
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    May I know in which job you got 401k? I "just" left school and I am new to the "working-world". I had many jobs as a kid, but I got exploited most of the time. Right now I am studying. I switched my major, but I actually don't know why. I even don't know why I started with engineering. It sounded nice, so I did it.

    I am totally confused. I don't know what to study, what to work. But it kinda calms me that there are others out there who are sorta the same.

    Until now I worked in almost every field of craftsmanship. As a waiter, counselor, chairman of public charity, ...
    Now I realize it was not the job I liked. It was the possibility of meeting lots of different people.

    (I am from Germany, so my English is not the best. Furthermore I don't know if there are big differences in income.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari_T View Post
    What careers are you guys into?

    I've worked at Dunkin Donuts, Tax Assistant in a college, Accounts Receivables, and now I'm working at CVS. I have an accounting degree. The only fields I actually had a chance at is with computer work. At CVS, I had to work to constant sweat to make the job barely satisfactory to my manager's liking. I know this ESTJ/ISTJ co-worker who doesn't break a sweat and was able to be more efficient than I am. The rest of the co-workers don't do quite bad. I'm the least favorite there. I figured that retail is the wrong field I'm working at.

    What jobs will work great for ENFPs?
    O_O a-accounting!? <.< did you suffer temporary insanity when chosing a career ^^;?

    *remembers falling asleep while doing accounting work and drooling on the paperwork



    ENFPs are notoriously bad at anything that requires routine and slow consistency or internally not available interest & willpower.. That sort of thing makes me fall asleep quite literally.

    o.o I do IT work aka system administration and I also work part time as a photographer now (this is more of a hobby). :P I'm like ISTPs, really good at problem solving and fixing things...consequently I meet a lot of ISTps in my line of work (both IT and photograpy :\...every last one is a guy thou...shit).

    Apart from my knack for problem solving I'm someone who is very easy to get along with and never shies away from an emergency. Seems like people appreciate all that & my "reassuring optimism" XD.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Research - human sciences/psychology/organisational development

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by AverOblivious View Post
    Well , I'm doing 1L so I guess that means any legal profession: soliciter lawyer or barrister lawyer.

    Being a lawyer is probably not an NF career but anything which has a bigger purpose is fulfilling, you know ? :P
    With that job, you can build your own wonderland with the money that you're making. Pay someone to do everything for you. Buy more money with your own money.

    Quote Originally Posted by FreeBeer View Post
    O_O a-accounting!? <.< did you suffer temporary insanity when chosing a career ^^;?

    *remembers falling asleep while doing accounting work and drooling on the paperwork



    ENFPs are notoriously bad at anything that requires routine and slow consistency or internally not available interest & willpower.. That sort of thing makes me fall asleep quite literally.

    o.o I do IT work aka system administration and I also work part time as a photographer now (this is more of a hobby). :P I'm like ISTPs, really good at problem solving and fixing things...consequently I meet a lot of ISTps in my line of work (both IT and photograpy :\...every last one is a guy thou...shit).

    Apart from my knack for problem solving I'm someone who is very easy to get along with and never shies away from an emergency. Seems like people appreciate all that & my "reassuring optimism" XD.
    I chose accounting because I'm good at math. I was going into a path of math professor but it got hard when they teach ordinary differential equations (prerequisite Calculus II) since the professor sucked bad. I looked up the profession and realized how little they earn. I then looked for something related to math with more income. Out pops accounting. BIG MISTAKE. On the contrary, in the accounting profession, math takes a backseat. You deal with more financial reports and whatnot which requires ridiculous literary skills that I lack. I didn't want to have another unfinished major after the previous disasters (pharmacy [lost interest, too difficult and lack the memory for], biology [lost interest after seeing what they really do in the lab, falling asleep while watching], computer science [failed to understand what the heck is going on in class thanks to a professor with a heavy accent from an unknown country]). My interests are way off the ENFP because I previously tested as INTP > ENTP > ISTP (constantly hitting short-term depressions). But ultimately, I do what I feel like and constantly get lost into the world of imaginations whether at work or at home. Sometimes I don't respond to people. That's when you know I'm at Wonderland. I wasted four years in total trying to get a degree. But I didn't feel too bad because time and age doesn't mean a thing to me. I also wish I have been a bunch of other things but I prefer to stick with what I have for now.

    I worked for accounting for a month and it was quite a fast-paced environment. Everyone depended on me to finish the paperwork by 11am so they can start doing their own work as well. It was high pressure on my part but I love it! They stressed email communication a lot. But there was a time I over-communicated since I didn't know how much they wanted. Eventually, my boss didn't like that since she's so busy with other stuff than reading back and forth my e-mail exchanges with my co-worker. I thought she needed to see it. Yes, they are all work related.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I recall reading that ENFPs should avoid solitary careers "like accounting or science". I went into science and have enjoyed it. I chose R&D because it's chaotic - NO two days are the same, EVER.

    My CPA is an ENFP. We have a ball doing my taxes.


     
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