[INTP] Recent INTP college grads: are you having as hard a time as I am?

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Recent INTP college grads: are you having as hard a time as I am?

    According to typelogic.com:

    "A major concern for INTPs is the haunting sense of impending failure. They spend considerable time second-guessing themselves."

    Since graduating from college about a year ago and coming into the "real world," I have had a ridiculously horrendous and difficult time finding a job. Yes, the job market sucks, but I seem to suck at finding a job, too. Every once in a while I'll land an interview, get excited, and then within about 20 minutes of being notified, I'll proceed to freak out and get anxious about the possibility of me hating the job and potentially being miserable and then go to bed thinking meh..I don't really want the job anyway. Seems like all of the interviewers can smell half-heartedness from miles away and then-whaddaya know-I am passed over in favor of Mr./Ms. ENTJ. I have spent the last year and a half second-guessing all of my career moves (I have spent most of the last year in my room, on my computer, agonizing about making a decision)..

    Econ consultant..econ professor? Professor....of something. No, screw that. PhD Philosophy! Well..then I'll just end up with mounds of debt..but that's ok, I can just bartend in the meantime. Bartend? LOL. no way. Ok, lawyer..I can probably kill the LSATs..language, logic and words FTW! On second thought, ew..I'd have to deal with people all day, every day. Statistician..yes, that'll work..I can just sit at my desk and analyze data all day, thereby minimizing awkward workplace interaction, avoid trying to "be a leader," etc. Then again...I'm not that good at math.

    I'm just wondering if there are other like-minded folks out there who have dealt with/are dealing with a similar issue and, if there are, hoping you'll share your experience. Or, if you have actually made a decision about what you want to do, how did you go about doing it?
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I'm not a recent graduate. However, I'm dealing with a job search that appears to be going nowhere. I've been doing IT things and seriously want to do something else. Something that offers some job growth potential.

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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    Start a business.

    Get some smart SJs to work for you. It'll free your mind from all the stress.

    And it's a constant challenge, which makes it rewarding. There's so many different things that need done which keeps it from being monotonous.

    Use earnings as a way to keep score. The more you put into it, the more you make. Quite the opposite of most jobs.
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    ENTP - The Visionaries

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambiguous View Post
    Start a business.

    Get some smart SJs to work for you. It'll free your mind from all the stress.

    And it's a constant challenge, which makes it rewarding. There's so many different things that need done which keeps it from being monotonous.

    Use earnings as a way to keep score. The more you put into it, the more you make. Quite the opposite of most jobs.
    INB4: "I'm too much of a lazy asshat to do that kind of work."

    I wholeheartedly agree, though.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I had the same exact thing when I graduated college. My thought loop got stuck on "what I choose will determine the REST OF MY LIFE" and I couldn't get past the fact that I had to choose very, very wisely. I also felt I didn't know myself, or the world enough to know what I wanted my role in it to be. I had also had a shitty job that had taught me that you are what you do.... anything that you do on a daily basis effects the person you are. If you are a salesman and tell half truths to sell your product, you start doing that in your private life too. So I spend YEARS in dead end jobs not knowing what direction to go in. It wasn't until I was 27 - 28 or so that I finally got out of waitressing and into my current job (teaching).

    I was finally able to pick a direction when I told myself that I didn't have to do that career path for the rest of my life. I gave myself a limit... I would try it for at least 5 years, and at that point I'd reevaluate. 5 years later I'm still teaching and have been able to combine it with my other passion, travel.

    My best advice, give yourself some time to figure it out. Take stupid jobs now and make sure that when you do pick a direction that it's in line with your values and what you like to do on an everyday basis.

    And then finally, give yourself a break. I mentally berated myself for years for being so indecisive but by taking that time I ended up doing something I really enjoy. My other friends that jumped into careers right out of college all seem to be in jobs that they dislike or ended up changing their career paths anyway.
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    INFP - The Idealists


    I'm currently in the position of being a college drop out, and figuring out what the fuck I am going to do to take care of myself. I literally have eight weeks before I'm kicked out on the streets. I'm thinking of either heading over to the west coast to bum it for a while, or heading up north. I'll probably make my decision last minute since I don't plan far ahead. My advice is to stop second guessing, do what you think you want to do, and if it doesn't work out, start over. Time is your only wealth.

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    It will be a hard path and your choice will be well-earned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avonchick89 View Post
    Econ consultant..econ professor? Professor....of something. No, screw that. PhD Philosophy! Well..then I'll just end up with mounds of debt..but that's ok, I can just bartend in the meantime. Bartend? LOL. no way. Ok, lawyer..I can probably kill the LSATs..language, logic and words FTW! On second thought, ew..I'd have to deal with people all day, every day. Statistician..yes, that'll work..I can just sit at my desk and analyze data all day, thereby minimizing awkward workplace interaction, avoid trying to "be a leader," etc. Then again...I'm not that good at math.
    I'm still in high school, but this is almost EXACTLY how my mind is working while trying to figure out what I even want to go to college for. I can't even imagine what kind of hell it will be when I graduate.

    I really have no advice for you, as I'm still trying to figure everything out myself. But you're not alone, at least.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Would that I could..but yea, I'm way too lazy to keep up with a business

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    Unknown Personality

    I see your dilemma, maybe some considerations will help.
    If you haven't gone to graduate school, I would recommend it. INTPs love graduate school, it's kind of our thing:) If you can't choose between economics or philosophy, I would say the job prospects for economics might be slightly better. Both are fascinating fields that you will likely enjoy. Better yet, get degrees in both. When in doubt become a professional student!

    In my opinion, Economics meshes pretty well with law. Many public policy interests are focused around economically efficient outcomes. I think lawyers spend most of their time researching and writing. Yes, they have to deal with people regularly but that's not the bulk of the work.


     
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