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This is a discussion on INFJ careers - how do you pick one? within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Originally Posted by phthalocyanine I'm sure there are many INFJ career threads in the archives, but I thought it might ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phthalocyanine View Post
    I'm sure there are many INFJ career threads in the archives, but I thought it might be nice to have some active discussion. Sorry for the long post. Feel free to disregard and just respond to my thread title lol.

    I'm in my early 20s and graduated from university a couple years ago with a degree related to my interests but that is not technical/super marketable. I had to take some career aptitude tests back in high school, which is actually how I discovered MBTI. I got a range of highly employable, practical and stable recommended careers -- artist, musician, photographer, writer, psychologist, sociologist, philosopher and the like. I studied art and am trying my best to pursue it but the whole starving artist thing is really not an appealing time, especially when considering my future (sure this is fine in my early 20s but what about when I want to buy a house? what if I want to have a kid? retirement?? etc also eating is nice).

    I will probably get a graduate degree and try to get a job in academia but jobs are few and far between. Most people just adjunct forever which is about as bleak as trying to rough it as a 'starving artist' working in customer service to pay the bills. I've been thinking about getting an education degree and teaching high school but I'm not sure if it's for me. Conversely, I've also been thinking about developing some practical skills in web development or something and trying to get a tech job that still allows for some creative leeway.

    I know that I have the aptitude and personality to be potentially successful in a lot of different fields, but anything business-related, profit-driven or corporate is not appealing at all to me. My distaste for corporations severely limits many possible options, and my desire to do something that helps others or has some kind of community/human impact limits it even more. I know if I became a web developer or designer, I'd probably just be making stuff/platforms on which people can sell shit. This holds zero interest -- actually, negative interest -- even though I'm attracted to the work itself (problem solving, learning new languages, making aesthetically pleasing things, etc).

    Idk. I don't know what to do with my life. How did you figure it out?
    The post is not long, btw

    I guess it's common for many INFJs to try themselves out here and there in order to figure out what fits them most. If you don't know where to start, try volunteering at first - it's a good opportunity to immerse and "feel" yourself in a particular field, instead of thinking of it (or overthinking it, as we INFJs tend to )

    I totally relate to your aversion to anything business- and corporate-like. What you do has to be meaningful for you. I came across the dilemma between meaningful-rewarding/money-rewarding in my middle 20-s. I went for what made me tick and feel like I was doing something of value - psychology work, which was underdeveloped in my country and purely paid. Have no regrets :)

    F. Buechner's words inspire me : "The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger coincide"
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    Petroleum engineering has a starting pay about $165,000/year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem View Post
    Petroleum engineering has a starting pay about $165,000/year.
    This is only mildly depressing. Thanks
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    Geology pays very well also. It requires a lot of Ni and Ti, so itís perfect for INFJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopefulend View Post
    The post is not long, btw

    I guess it's common for many INFJs to try themselves out here and there in order to figure out what fits them most. If you don't know where to start, try volunteering at first - it's a good opportunity to immerse and "feel" yourself in a particular field, instead of thinking of it (or overthinking it, as we INFJs tend to )

    I totally relate to your aversion to anything business- and corporate-like. What you do has to be meaningful for you. I came across the dilemma between meaningful-rewarding/money-rewarding in my middle 20-s. I went for what made me tick and feel like I was doing something of value - psychology work, which was underdeveloped in my country and purely paid. Have no regrets :)

    F. Buechner's words inspire me : "The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger coincide"
    Thanks for the advice and especially sharing that quote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem View Post
    Petroleum engineering has a starting pay about $165,000/year.
    did you read my post? hahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by phthalocyanine View Post
    did you read my post? hahaha
    Oh that's right, I forgot you don't want something that is corporate profit driven. In fact it's not very pleasant to be a petroleum engineer especially if you're on site. That's probably why it pays so much.

    But think about how much art supplies you can buy if you were a petroleum engineer! You could get those nice Copic markers, oils, and even travel expenses, Digital SLR camera, custom website and retail space art gallery. Ok, not very convincing. haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by clem View Post
    Oh that's right, I forgot you don't want something that is corporate profit driven. In fact it's not very pleasant to be a petroleum engineer especially if you're on site. That's probably why it pays so much.

    But think about how much art supplies you can buy if you were a petroleum engineer! You could get those nice Copic markers, oils, and even travel expenses, Digital SLR camera, custom website and retail space art gallery. Ok, not very convincing. haha
    Well, in the UK, the salaries for petroleum engineers are definitely not that high (on average less than half that). Also, petroleum engineering doesn't sound like a very INFJ friendly career, but then again, I understand we are a diverse bunch, so I expect there is a sprinkling of us everywhere, if you just look carefully enough...

    I think the most common desires for INFJs (and many other people too) in their careers, is to have a high level of autonomy, opportunity to be creative, and a sense that our work is contributing to wider society in some positive way. Becoming rich would be a very unusual ambition for an INFJ, although, that's not to say that there are no rich INFJs, or that we like poverty; constantly being preoccupied with financial worries can really sap the joy out of life, however much we love what we do.
    Last edited by Songs unsung; 02-16-2018 at 10:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquiline View Post
    Eating is nice, but do not buy a house and do not have children.

    As for figuring things out, mostly we never do. Instead, we tell stories and learn to believe in them.
    I love this
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    Quote Originally Posted by StableSun35 View Post
    Iíve always had a strong affinity for the arts (creative writing, painting, drawing, crafts, music, dance), but my parents strongly discouraged that avenue due to what you said, starving artist syndrome.

    I had plans to go to Veterinary school but didnít get all As in my sciences in college. I worked with children and animals for about 15 years and struggled financially, finally finished my B.S. in Biology and am working in Lab Science. Having a career is a good thing I think, financially. My aunt suggested I always either be going to school or working full-time, and I tend to agree. Full-time with benefits was the goal and itís a good one I believe.
    Would you say jobs in this field are usually heard of from 'within'? Rather than say public job sites such as monster.

    I am interested in a career in a subject in science myself, especially if it will allow me to work stable-y and alone. I have not approached science in my grade school years, so it is quite a new venture for me. I just realize that a large part of my hobby deals or can deal in that.


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