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This is a discussion on Careers : INFP within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Hi ! I'm an INFP. I'm new to this forum. Haven't read much here, so please pardon me If I ...

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Careers : INFP

    Hi ! I'm an INFP.
    I'm new to this forum. Haven't read much here, so please pardon me If I disobey any rules or so, I'm sorry for that already.

    Yeah, What I wanted to discus was which career to opt for. Yes, We're the Healers' group, and the first which comes to one's mind is "DOCTOR". I am heading for that only. But, Do not find myself confident enough that I will get admission in medical college because I suck at physics. (In our country, we have a pre-medical examination in which equal amount of questions are asked from physics, chem and biology). I feel so insecure.

    Moreover, I love writing stuff, say it stories, poetry, articles or whatever. But, that field is slim and does not promise a successful future. My parents don't really like creative fields to become professional cuz they believe that we generally lose our creative temperament entering them, as when we do it for money, we do it for others and finally, whole of the "FREEDOM to draw-or-paint-or-write is lost". I too agree with them, but still, I don't know, If I would be happy being a doc.
    TO be precise, I'm heading towards psychiatry.

    What do you feel? and which Life path are you heading for ?
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    INFP - The Idealists


    In first year of university, extremely confused right now. Also got pressure to be doctor, but also want to be a doctor....kind of? No idea. Maybe psychologist or dentist (lots of free time). Architect maybe? Not enough free time, and bosses eat up all their $ nowadays apparently..No idea....stuck doing basic science subjects for now, for one whole damn semester...

    Bluntly: I DREAM of being a professional harpist, and writing poetry/lyrics as well, maybe singing too :/ and fine art and maybe graphic design or something...Such fancies we have, such fancies...

    Bottom line: no clue

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Um..so, What are you in right now ?

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    INFP - The Idealists


    Doing science right now. What about you?

    I feel like I need to earn lots of money because my dad works really, really hard, and has given me so much, that's kind of the only issue..

    Pardon the language :P
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    INFP - The Idealists

    There's two ways to go about life: Work style design or Life style design.

    Work style design focuses on finding work that will bring meaning and fulfillment to your life and you design the rest of your life around your work schedule. Life style design focuses on creating a life that will bring you meaning and fulfillment and work is there to enhance that life style.

    Here's the problem that I see with deciding what you plan to do the rest of your life in your early 20's: your values will change. Most kids wanted to be princesses, ballerinas, astronaut, ninjas, etc. at age 7. We don't choose those as careers when were 18 because our values have changed. Whatever we choose in our early 20's will not mean as much when we're 30 because our values will change. That's one of the reasons why people average 7 careers in their lifetime.

    The scary part when you pick a career in your 20's, you might not know if you're actually going to like it until you get there which could take a decade. If you don't like it, then you've wasted all that time trying to reach a goal that's meaningless.

    The answer is to go into what you enjoy now. Follow your curiosity. Stay out of debt, especially student loan debt while you're figuring out what you like enough to do for a while.
    Last edited by infpblog; 09-30-2012 at 01:31 PM.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    As @infpblog said above, I've chosen a Life style Design path. I work as a Master Control Op at a TV station, it allows me to be creative both written and with photography, videographer and graphic design. But I also have a good amount of editorial work on the sides. Through the station I was able to make friends with several small magazines that I free lance edit for. This also lets me write articles for the magazines when there is something that interests me. This last year I talked to an outdoor magazine and did a six part compilation about Geo-caching. Which I absolutely loved doing. But I also got paid for it.

    See a job is fun and all, but it is the network of individuals that you can pick up that is important too.

    You should set yourself up to do what you want to do right now. If you want to write then journalism is a great path to start on. Then in the future when you do have a change of values you can use the networks that you have created to work yourself into a different field.

    If you feel that psychology is important then you should go for it. Just make sure that you are always expanding your horizons as you go. Make friends and take opportunities to do things that are a bit outside your box as you go.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm thinking about editing.
    Apparently INFPs make great editors and it's a decent money making field. You can work freelance which suits INFPs very well, it utilizes your creativity and will help you with your own writing skills as well as allow you free time in your schedule to pursue your own creative writing projects.
    It could give you great contacts too in the writing field.

    I've been teaching ESL overseas for the past 8 years but am ready for a career change -- I don't like the way they've mixed business with education.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    As a freshman in college, I wanted to work in the financial services industry. Little did I know that economics / finance was not for me. :)

    I am currently working as a manager in an IT company. It's a surprisingly interesting and dynamic job. It's not something I want to do for the rest of my life (I prefer startup companies), but my job provides me with a lot of experience and opportunities that will be very valuable in the future.

    I'd say stick to these rules:
    1. Be flexible and be ready to temporarily 'sacrifice' your of how you see yourself in relation to your career.
    2. Stick to industries / opportunities that will allow you to work with what you enjoy.
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    INFP - The Idealists


    Quote Originally Posted by infpblog View Post
    There's two ways to go about life: Work style design or Life style design.

    Work style design focuses on finding work that will bring meaning and fulfillment to your life and you design the rest of your life around your work schedule. Life style design focuses on creating a life that will bring you meaning and fulfillment and work is there to enhance that life style.

    Here's the problem that I see with deciding what you plan to do the rest of your life in your early 20's: your values will change. Most kids wanted to be princesses, ballerinas, astronaut, ninjas, etc. at age 7. We don't choose those as careers when were 18 because our values have changed. Whatever we choose in our early 20's will not mean as much when we're 30 because our values will change. That's one of the reasons why people average 7 careers in their lifetime.

    The scary part when you pick a career in your 20's, you might not know if you're actually going to you like until you get there which could take a decade. If you don't like it, then you've wasted all that time trying to reach a goal that's meaningless.

    The answer is to go into what you enjoy now. Follow your curiosity. Stay out of debt, especially student loan debt while you're figuring out what you like enough to do for a while.
    I've wanted to be a doctor since I was little :/ It was actually first a gardener lol, then both a doctor and gardener. I played and watched Magic School Bus, which really got me interested in science, and even made a little anatomy book at a really young age lol.

    Then i had doubts at pre-teen years, then again set on medicine, and the doubt and difficulty studying has returned. I want to be a professional harpist...lol...my literary skills far surpass my mathematical/logical/scientific, though I can be good at that too, but more naturally at writing etc. ....

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Guys...Thank-you for your replies, I really appreciate you took interest.
    But... I live in India, A place where class 11 and class 12 decide, how much will you earn, what type of clothes you'l wear, wheather you are going to have an AC in your house or just a fan, or...even that, will you have a house ! ??

    I'm in class 11, Big time for me going on !
    Its not like here, that in 20s I'd be a doc. and in 30's a mechanic or an interior decorator.
    We are given jobs only on the basis of the degrees and the marks we hold. (I guess its quiet same in your country too).

    And that is why, I'm soooooooooooo conFused !!!

    I want a career which pays well, is promising, related to people, and writting ofcourse !
    My dad wants me to be a surgeon, but I feel thats all a mechanic thing, and leave that, I won't be able to see a human in that condition..eew! I'd just faint, He's an ENTP, and maybe thats the reason, he can't understand what passion and love for a career means to me.

    (ENTPies,..I don't wanna offend you. I'm sorry)

    help me out guys... where to go ?


     
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