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This is a discussion on What is the best career choice for an infp? within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Originally Posted by sgman I feel so worried about my career plans. Just hearing stuff from friends, the corporate world ...

  1. #61
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by sgman View Post
    I feel so worried about my career plans. Just hearing stuff from friends, the corporate world does not seem like a good fit for me, but where else can I earn enough money to support myself and start a family? Thats why I'm applying to a bunch of grad schools as well right now. I think I can tolerate being a social sciences professor best. I'm a history major whos applying to political science programs.

    Honestly, I have to disagree with people recommending arts. I too, have somewhat of an artistic bent, but what percentage of artists really make it? Sure, you could have a book published, but even that isn't enough. Its not gonna pay for the house.

    Whatever MBTI says, I haven't really encountered anything that makes me feel remotely motivated about my life. I study the social sciences because they are probably the most practical of my interests, but an interest isn't a driving cause. Making waves in my chosen field as a PhD doesn't really motivate me either. It'd be kind of ego-boosting to know that my research is smart and novel enough to contribute to the field, but its not a passion.
    Find your Hedgehog Concept. I explain in detail here: Figuring Out What You Should Be Doing

    Basically, whatever you do should have 3 ingredients:

    1. Passion
    2. The ability to be very good at it (ie able to put 10,000 hours into it)
    3. Drives your happiness engine.

    If you have passion, but you can't ever get good, you'll lose your passion. If you're passionate and are good, but what you're doing is part of your happiness engine than you won't feel fulfilled.
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  2. #62

    Quote Originally Posted by infpblog View Post
    Find your Hedgehog Concept. I explain in detail here: Figuring Out What You Should Be Doing

    Basically, whatever you do should have 3 ingredients:

    1. Passion
    2. The ability to be very good at it (ie able to put 10,000 hours into it)
    3. Drives your happiness engine.

    If you have passion, but you can't ever get good, you'll lose your passion. If you're passionate and are good, but what you're doing is part of your happiness engine than you won't feel fulfilled.
    This is strange. I was on the right path and didn't know it! I have been struggling with this for years now but I noticed when I went through the Hedgehog Concept that I am meeting every requirement of becoming a translator/interpret ...in a sort of subconscious way?

    During the day I will use about 5 different languages in various ways from watching tv shows to local news to chatting on the forums here or speaking with friend...sometimes I end up thinking in Hungarian one minute then English the other and it turns into German moments later or Romanian...sometimes even Japanese! ^^ I don't know much Japanese!

    There are a few things I will need to do from now on since I decided to go for this but that is just the extra effort I am willing to put into something that I do naturally every day.

    Ok now on to why this is good for an INFP:

    1. translating/interpreting comes with a lot of variety and change, it is never really the same. Getting the meaning of something across in another language requires a lot of creativity and skill in writing. Two things INFPS are good at!

    2.The job itself is something that can be done in a team or just alone, no one will tell me how I should do it, just when the deadline is. It can be stressful at times I know and it is important to keep the chaotic side in check, but other then that it feels really good.

    3.This will also give me a chance to read more and possibly write more so I can explore the creative side of writing as a hobby and that is something I always wanted to do.

    ^^ the pay seems decent enough and I can supplement it with either teaching, interpreting or both. The median expected salary for a typical Translator in the United States is $43,721 that is more then 3000 $ a month...3643 $. The languages I know are hard for native English seekers and not many do try or can learn them.
    Last edited by LibertyPrime; 01-10-2011 at 02:21 AM. Reason: Added extra information.

  3. #63
    INFP - The Idealists

    Job-hopper here

    I can definitely relate to being undecided with what to do for a career. After changing my major countless times, I wound up getting a degree in English (perfect for me, in a way). Since graduation, I've had one internship, and I have been freelancing as a copy editor/developmental editor -- and I've enjoyed it immensely.

    I'm interviewing for full-time editorial (or managing editorial/production assistant) positions now, and I believe this is a job that I would fully enjoy. It taps into my love of solitary activities and reading, plus it represents an idea (books) that really motivates me. The publishing house where I would work, in the sci fi division, contains very few coworkers (2) and I know at least one of those two is a book-ish, quiet type. This is key to my happiness and peace, I believe! Independent work (and research), especially focused on language, is my favorite type of work.

    As an alternative, I'm also interviewing for a position that is at once reclusive and social, i.e. as a forum moderator for a fun, exciting, crafty website. I think this work may be more taxing to me, mentally, because I'll be dealing with many different problems and personalities, but I think it is also a role that will allow me to be more creative. Safely tucked away behind the screen of my computer, I think I can easily be sociable without having to expend too much personal energy :)

    Do any of you have experiences with either of these professions? Advice?
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    Thank you for your thoughts. I am struggling with the same issue. I am one semester from A BA in Elementary Education and I am not so sure it is the best choice for me. I am truly concerned with my ability to make teaching a successful career. The more I learn about INFP types and about myself, the more I fear I have chosen the wrong path. Your outlook, however, has helped me gain a new perspective on the matter. I am still left undecided on the right path for me, but in all honesty I don't think it really matters because I don't think there is a job on this planet that will bring me the satisfaction I desire or the monetary compensation I feel I'd deserve for the time it takes me away from my family or the other things I enjoy doing, which is truly what matters to me. I still feel it is important to choose a field that matches personal abilities and traits so the environment is doable on a long-term basis. I suck with routines.... although I believe I need them to function better. Another poster mentioned something about the realities of teaching and quite frankly one of my biggest fears at this point is being able to stick to a routine and keep everyone on task when I can't even keep myself on task.

  5. #65

    I never really thought about editing... I am not much of a reader, apart from self-help books. lol! But, I feel that it would definitely fit my personality for the same reasons as you mentioned and I could seek material based on non-fiction, which I find to be more appealing material. I keep pushing my daughter in this direction because her nose is always in a book... maybe I will consider this.

  6. #66
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamr View Post
    It seems the best job for an INFP is always the next job
    Haha, so true!

  7. #67
    INFP - The Idealists

    Careers for INFP

    While I do get restless and look towards a new/different job, I have had some really good ones that I enjoyed.

    Probably the best fit was as a career counselor. It entailed sizing up personalities and abilities and matching with current jobs. Loved it, and it was so gratifying to have people run up to hug me years later and tell me that I helped them turn their life around.

    Enjoyed being a supervisor, too, for many of the same reasons as being a career counselor. I got to match up people and their personalities to a particular task.

    Was very surprised that I DID NOT enjoy working in HR. Now one would think it would be quite a bit like the two previously mentioned jobs. Nope, the people who came to the HR office were nearly always angry and disgruntled. And worse, even if I had sympathy for them (which I almost always did) I had to ALWAYS take the company side of it. That was my job. The HR Dept is for the company's benefit, not for the worker's benefit, little did I know before taking that job. I didn't last long there, left for something else. The interviewing and candidate part of HR was fun, though.
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  8. #68
    Unknown Personality

    I want to be a stewardess, but I'm really afraid I won't be good enough, that there will always be an extravert they'll hire rather than me.
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  9. #69
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Rustang View Post
    I read this same thing in conde' nast travel magazine. In other countries the first question is more often, where are you from, what's your nationality or clan, etc. But in they also take siestas, a month vacation and have health care, don't have fast food. Here, the focus is much more on money, so maybe that's a more obvious question. I know I catch myself summing up peoples motivation or intellect based on that one question, not to mention the success or fulfillment they may feel. It's wrong, but it's what we've created here.

    I was a civil engineer and hated it. For me, sitting in a cubicle, designing plans all day, faster and fatser, with zero errors was like being on a thread mill in an industrial farm. At this point I would prefer to ride on the back of a garbage truck, which I may. At least I'll get to see the sky and smell some smells.

    Infpblog may be right. Maybe you can't read about yourself off of a list. But for some, work requires more motivation than just remembering to eat or breathe might, and just getting paid just isn't enough for some. It wasn't for me.

    I'm not sure what I'll do. Working at UPS last month was fun, but not permanent. Truck driving, nursing, x-ray, elem teacher, route sales, repair tech...at least I know what I don't want to do. For me, Cubieland is not Happyland.

    This is a list I'd cut off of Global Chatter;

    Occupational Ranking for INFP (Revised 2004)
    1. Fine Artist
    2. Physician: Psychiatry
    3. Counselor: Runaway Youth
    4. Architect
    5. Editor or Reporter
    6. Research Assistant
    7. Counselor: Suicide or Crisis
    8. Journalist
    9. Psychologist*
    10. Religious Educator, all denominations
    11. Social Scientist*
    12. Writer or Journalist*
    13. Laboratory Technologist
    14. Consultant: Education
    15. Counselor: School
    16. Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician
    17. Therapist: Physical
    18. Teacher: Art, Drama, or Music
    19. Carpenter
    20. Counselor
    21. Restaurant Worker: Table Setting, Cleaning
    22. Social Worker
    23. Media Specialist
    24. Counselor: Rehabilitation
    25. Counselor: Vocational or Educational
    26. Actor
    27. Research Worker
    28. Teacher: English
    29. Cook
    30. Scientist: Biology
    31. Librarian
    32. Teaching Assistant
    33. Speech Pathologist
    34. Artist or Entertainer*
    35. Employment Development Specialist
    36. Nursing: Public Health
    37. Musician or Composer
    38. Certified Psycho-dramatist
    39. Teacher: Reading
    40. Secretary: Executive or Administrative Assistant
    41. Engineer: Aeronautical
    42. Chain, Rod, or Ax Worker; Surveying
    43. Designer
    44. Doctor of Medicine
    45. Teacher: Foreign Language in Junior or Senior High School
    46. Waiter or Waitress
    47. Protestant Minister
    48. Clergy, all denominations (except priests)
    49. Attorney: Administrator, non-practicing
    50. Roman Catholic Priest
    51. Priest or Monk
    52. Health Technologist or Technician*
    53. Administrator: Educationally Related
    54. Clerical or Kindred Worker*
    55. Office Machine Operator*
    56. Guard or Watch Keeper
    57. Food Service Worker*
    58. Teacher: University
    59. Sister in Roman Catholic Religious Order
    60. Nursing: Registered Nurse
    61. Dietitian or Nutritionist
    62. Teacher: Junior College
    63. Teacher: Pre-school
    64. Receptionist
    65. Secretary*
    66. Radiologic Technologist or Technician
    67. Consultant: Management Analyst
    68. Administrator: Student Personnel
    69. Operative: Specialized*
    70. Naval Electronic Technician
    71. Health Care Therapist*
    72. Medical Assistant
    73. Lifeguard, Attendant: Recreation or Amusement
    74. Nurse*
    75. Laborer*
    76. Computer Programmer
    77. Cleaning Service*
    78. Secretary: Medical
    79. Nursing: Aide, Orderly, or Attendant
    80. Electrician
    81. Teacher*
    82. Specialized Protestant Minister
    83. Brother in Roman Catholic Religious Order
    84. Teacher: Speech Pathology or Therapy
    85. Private Household Worker*
    86. Therapist: Occupational
    87. Administrator: Health
    88. Nursing: Educator
    89. Manager: Office
    90. Air Force Officer or Enlistee
    91. Photographer
    92. Mechanic*
    93. Teacher Aide
    94. Dental Hygienist
    95. Lawyer
    96. Religious Worker, all denominations*
    97. Rabbi
    98. Engineer: Mechanical
    99. Physician: Family Practice, General Practice
    100. Administrator: Colleges or Technical Institutes
    101. Nursing: Critical Care Nurse
    Unfortunately, out of this list, either the jobs interest me but it's not lucrative (eg. social scientist), doesn't interest me but is lucrative (eg. actor, lawyer and cook), and the rest is neither lucrative or interesting to me (healthcare, religious services, teaching, administrator and engineering careers).

    Only architecture satisfy both needs, but I didn't make it into architecture school back then.

    I need a lucrative career, and yet I need something that I am passionate about at the same time. Or am I being too demanding? I am sick of my business-related career.
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  10. #70
    INFP - The Idealists

    @Queenie : I used this list List of INFP Careers | INFP Careers

    First I deleted the jobs that I would dislike, would still not be good at or felt unfamiliar with. Then I started to categorize them into different groups: match my studies, interests, talents (there may be more categories i suppose). After that I checked which jobs had more than one categories assigned, and in that way I came closer to a couple of jobs/careers I am now going to check out. Some of them may be pursued now and some of them may be long-term careers, but that doesn't matter as long as you can find what you want for now and have a dream of your future :).

    Good luck!

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