Hello everyone. I am here today because I am a 27 year old INTJ who currently works as a youth worker. I've known I was an INTJ for awhile now and have had no complaints with it, but I have always found it strange that I ended up in this kind of work instead of the ones that are more stereotypical. That said my dream job has and still is to be a lawyer (just not sure if I can afford law school), but more on my current job I try to focus on planning and organizing the activities and programs at my desk and getting everything ready. I try to do this as much as possible because it is what I enjoy most, but my job always requires me to be on the front line with youth (or people in general) in order to help them with their problems or help them reach certain goals and ect, which some days I can do no problem and then other days it is very draining for me, even if nothing "bad" happens with the interactions that day.
My original reason for getting in this work is because I love psychology and learning how and why people act the way they do. I find it super interesting. But unless you have a masters or another graduate degree (which I don't) front-line helping work is kinda where you end up working usually.
With all of this said, I also do like helping people, but I like in the more "practical way" such as helping someone make a resume, or entrusting them with a task so that they can learn hard/soft skills and gain confidence. My weakness comes with the showing emotion or empathy. This can be hard for me even though it has improved over the years because I am not on average an extremely emotional person, even when I myself am feeling emotional.
Anyway the point of this rant is, are there other INTJ's in the helping field? If so how did you end up in that position? Is it challenging for you? Do you like it? Why or why not? If you didn't like it did you eventually change careers