[INFJ] INFJ careers - how do you pick one?

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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; I'm sure there are many INFJ career threads in the archives, but I thought it might be nice to have ...

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    INFJ careers - how do you pick one?

    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?
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    INFJ


    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.

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    All I can say is that the answer will probably not come up, you'll just know it when you know it. One thing you should remember is that a career is not your life, it is a source of income and it is prefered that it wouldn't add on to your default misery.

    I'm going out on a limb here but I would assume that when you hear words like: "artist, director, CEO, etc." You feel empty and think that these words lack the meaning and purpose of your life in a complete sense. You feel that way because they don't, I mean we really can't know what would make a certain job good for us or not. If you value good company for example over what you actually do, then your occupation is of small importance, what's important is who you work with. I don't know what you value, but know that a career will never adhere to all of your wants and needs, but it can for some of them.

    The more I live the more I understand my friends and family are the most important thing to me in this life, people in general. So my top priority in anything I do is connecting with people I find it soothing to connect with.

    Also like I said at the start, don't think too much, your actions will reveal the answers.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TalNFJ View Post
    All I can say is that the answer will probably not come up, you'll just know it when you know it. One thing you should remember is that a career is not your life, it is a source of income and it is prefered that it wouldn't add on to your default misery.
    This is fair enough. But I am also at an age where I can still basically go down any path I'd like, and while I know I'll probably figure it out as I go, I hate waffling and not being sure of my goals. Also, for me, even though I mentioned maybe having kids or having a family or whatever, my priority and probably the source of my identity and self-worth would be my career and its capacity to improve society somewhat. I realize this must come across as idealistic but it's also why I've been eating walmart brand oatmeal or whatever and trying to make paintings than having gone into computer science or engineering and getting a corporate job like a practical person lol. My career is my life because it is the biggest opportunity to do something productive and helpful with my life, which is why I'm struggling with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StableSun35 View Post
    I’ve 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 didn’t 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 it’s a good one I believe.
    Full time with benefits in my field of choice is the dream lol. Just wish the job market wasn't so oversaturated and terrible in the arts and higher education. It is really hard to maintain any degree of hope when I see my peers a few years older than me really having a hard time despite having worked so hard.

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    I think that this same kind of thinking is what kept me out of the workforce when I was young. You never know what you can do and what you like til you do it. You never know how strong you can be... and when you have bills to pay, you are just thrown into that and you have to learn how to get by. It can be...enlightening.
    I would say you will find out by experience. Id agree that over time I have found people to be more important to me too. Even lack of people made me quite happy. Hence why I would like to return to the art world.
    I studied an art subject as well. I didn't end up completing a degree and I may move countries to find work. I might also study there.
    When I finished college, I did work in my field though the jobs are not common here. It was by luck I guess =P I ended up leaving as it wasn't what I had in mind in particular...

    You should probably remove the words starving artist out of your vocabulary =) It isn't going to help you feel better and you might give up on art altogether. I think that by working on your art now you are placing a lot of pressure on it to succeed. A side job is not that terrible, and you don't need to wait til you finish whatever program you plan on taking next. It may just give you the relief you need. And may inspire you as to what action to take next. Positive thinking really helps!
    Last edited by raschel; 02-07-2018 at 04:29 AM.

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    INFJ

    My opinion:

    You have done a VERY good job at articulating your vision for the future. You already know that you can't stand corporate life/ its propensity to care more about money than the human condition. You already know that you have a passion for creativity and you already know that, whatever career you choose, has to be able to afford you a lifestyle that will support a family.

    So you see academia as an option and fine arts as an option, but are concerned about the job prospects. You also see working to pay the bills as an option but you'd rather beat your head against a wall and you see teaching/working with children/medical field etc. as an option but (i'm guessing that) you have never ever considered yourself a "Caregiver" per say. So you're thinking what's left?

    I felt the exact same way after graduating University. I went for Biology because I love conceptualizing things, but always hated the labs (not good with math and not good with my hands). No "science-related" jobs really interested me (conservation jobs didn't really pay well) and I didn't want to pay for a masters degree only to wind up in the same place. Furthermore, the idea of working as a cog in a corporate machine depressed me but I wanted to be able to support a family...so after much introspection I decided that I needed to prioritize my wants. I decided that having a stable income and NOT working in corporate were the two most important things to me - to give me the best shot at a life that I wanted.

    So I accepted a position at a hospital coordinating placements for medical students. It was a 1 year maternity leave cover. I got to know the people who worked at the medical school and when a position opened up over there I jumped at the chance. Now I have a good income, benefits, great work-life balance, design/write communications, use Photoshop/video editing software, maintain the university website, go to university fairs AND they are PAYING for my graduate degree. One day I hope to teach.

    My advice is to prioritize your wants, and then get a job that meets those priorities. ANYTHING. It will ALWAYS be a step in the right direction. Your education doesn't matter all that much, I got a community outreach job with a BSc. If you can't get the job right away, then get the volunteer job right away. I managed our university's food bank while doing my BSc. because it was in alignment with my values and NOT with my degree. It was definitely a step in the right direction. If you follow both your heart AND your head...not your fears...then everything will fall into place :)
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    "I've been thinking about getting an education degree and teaching high school but I'm not sure if it's for me."
    You'll never know if you don't try. I think that usually INFJs make great teachers! Ni, Fe and Ti in one.
    I think that you should go with the "trial and error" method, try different things and see what fits you and then focus on it.
    Also as someone already mentioned, when you do something that is meant for you, something that you truly enjoy, you just know it.

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I graduated with a BA Sociology at the age of 25, and I'm now doing an MA in Careers after a year break where I taught ESL in Korea. Before that I spent a few years putting off Uni in order to work various non-graduate jobs and do a lot of traveling.

    My personal perception is that you are still in your early 20s, which is very young. I think you should go out and just get some experience, and it almost doesn't matter what field it is in. I don't care how smart or intuitive you are- you cannot gain a wholistic picture of your preferences in work/life without actually working.Y

    You'll learn more working in a supermarket than you will procrastinating and asking people online. Just get experiences, and you'll gain a much deeper appreciation of your skills/preferences in almost any job.

    Specific to education and related fields I can give you some of my experiences/perceptions though so feel free to PM me if you want.
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