[ISFJ] Career Change Options

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    Career Change Options

    Hi, Iím looking for some advice on career options and possibly life generally. Iím a male ISFJ in my mid-20s, living in South West England.

    I currently work as a Software Developer. I feel like this is a badly suited career option for me, because I am unable to embrace my feelings and I am overworking my tertiary function of thinking. Iíve done well to get as far as I have, but I donít think I can progress much further (become a Senior Developer) due to the extra thinking and technical knowledge required.

    I also think this job is not very good for my physical and mental health. I sometimes get anxiety and low mood, but I think this can sometimes be blamed due to the job being very logical and not allowing me to show my caring side. I feel drained coming home each day, and I donít have much motivation to progress as a Software Developer.

    I think I just need a more practical job, but Iím not sure what. I like the sound of being a dentist, nurse, counselor or therapist but these jobs require a degree which I donít have. I donít mind studying or getting work experience, but 3 years full time would be a bit too much. Working with animals or in a care home would be nice, but these jobs pay a bit less than what I would be hoping for (around £25k and above would be ideal, although I could accept less to begin with).

    Therefore, does anyone have any other suggestions on career options please? I think a job with some sort of skill and a bit of human interaction is required. I can be shy around people who I donít know, but I am normally good at remembering facts about people.
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    Hello!

    I work in a blue-collar manufacturing facility and am really enjoying it! Although I have a degree and could work elsewhere, I really don't want to because of the people. I've met some of the most down-to-earth people at my work who enjoy the simple things of life like I do and aren't carried away pursuing money, power, or prestige. Some coworkers are like a second family to me and we've been able to support each other through family hardships, illnesses, you name it. A simple environment like this is great for the ol' Fe to thrive, and I get to serve coworkers and connect with them all day long. Technical/electronic manufacturing can require more skill and in turn provide more wages, so it's not a dead-end sector either. :)

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    What about volunteering at a care home or animal facility to gain experience? Such positions sometimes turn into jobs.
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    I was thinking that volunteering in your spare time could help fill some of the void without taking much of a pay cut. Could be fulfilling and help you meet some more like-minded people as you do research on what jobs might suit you better.
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    Thank you for your replies.

    Quote Originally Posted by MountainView18 View Post
    I work in a blue-collar manufacturing facility and am really enjoying it! Although I have a degree and could work elsewhere, I really don't want to because of the people. I've met some of the most down-to-earth people at my work who enjoy the simple things of life like I do and aren't carried away pursuing money, power, or prestige.
    I'm not sure if blue-collar manufacturing is something I would enjoy, but it definitely is something that I will consider. I agree with what you're saying about enjoying the simple things in life; instead, I work with a job that requires a lot of logic and technical knowledge, yet ironically, I'm not the best logical thinker! Having that sort of family environment would be really nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by BroNerd View Post
    I was thinking that volunteering in your spare time could help fill some of the void without taking much of a pay cut. Could be fulfilling and help you meet some more like-minded people as you do research on what jobs might suit you better.
    I think you're right. I need to do some volunteering to find out what I enjoy more, this will also help me to feel like I've got a more meaningful life as well.

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    ISFJ

    Librarian? Paralegal? Social worker/probation officer? Hotel work? Executive officer/office administrator?

    Sorry, I'm not in the US so not sure if these suggestions fit your salary preferences. I'm an isfj though and I relate to what you said. I worked in counselling for many years and enjoyed it-but recently transitioned into a different area -more on the mass communications side.

    I don't kmany isfjs software developers...It's good that you're seeking something that's more suited to your personality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeri View Post
    Librarian? Paralegal? Social worker/probation officer? Hotel work? Executive officer/office administrator?

    Sorry, I'm not in the US so not sure if these suggestions fit your salary preferences. I'm an isfj though and I relate to what you said. I worked in counselling for many years and enjoyed it-but recently transitioned into a different area -more on the mass communications side.

    I don't kmany isfjs software developers...It's good that you're seeking something that's more suited to your personality.
    I was thinking of Librarian the other day, but where I am, a lot of libraries are closing down due to people not using them! That's definitely the kind of thing I would be interested in though, so perhaps there's something similar to this I can find.

    Social worker would be good but the salaries aren't great. Never thought of a probation officer, but that sounds interesting and rewarding.

    I could imagine myself as an Executive officer/manager of a small team, but might struggle a bit more with working with people outside of the team/department I am used it.

    Thanks for your suggestions. I don't think changing is going to be a quick thing for me either way. I think taking small steps with volunteering will be the best way to change. Will definitely try to find volunteering opportunities in what you've listed here though. I don't know any ISFJs either as Software Developers, my colleagues are mostly ESFJs, ESTJs, ISTJs and INTPs. I get on with them, but don't always fit in. Wish I'd learned about Myers-Briggs when I was still at school, but oh well, can't turn back the clock!


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