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?