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As introverted as I can be, I have a strong affinity for working with people. Right now I'm teaching at the elementary level but I would like to end up being a professor or go into counseling/psychotherapy. I'm not sure if it's related to being INFJ but I can't stand desk jobs. I need to be able to move around and have the freedom be creative and to do things my own way. Being in education lets me do that. My career is also meaningful which I prefer over a bigger paycheck. It can be stressful at times but I think the rewards out weigh the drawbacks. Those "Ah-ha! I get it!" moments with the kids seriously make my day.

I'd like to hear some other points of view on the subject. Anybody have something to add about the health and social fields? Essentially working with and helping people.
 

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I do want to lecture, but at University level. I could also do nursery/elementary school...High school, count me out. Its easy to get comfortable in a desk job, but i will be bored out of my mind, and why should i waste precious time being bored and mindlessly browsing the net.

I recently had to work on a project that involved people with Parkinsons, CP, MS e.t.c. At first i was overtaken with emotions. But when i put myself together, i realised that i would definitely love to work to improve their lifestyles.I was driven by that.

I don't necessarily want to go into Social Care and such, but i want to apply my specialist knowledge ( Engineering, design and strategy) to help and improve their lives
 

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Oh wow! I'm currently in college to be an english teacher at secondary level, yet I really want to be a professor (english literature and women's studies). However, I also want to be a counselor in education too...so I go back and forth. I think it's a trait among many of our type.
 

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In a few weeks I'll begin teaching for the first time. Part of me is drawn to teaching, but part of me really dreads being in front of a class. In some ways I think I'll take to it very naturally, but I'll have to get used to being the center of attention; as a student, I usually don't even answer questions because I hate to have the whole class look at me. I'll keep you updated on how it goes.
 

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@yellowbritt I felt the same way when I first started teaching. I found that the "protector" came out and being the center of attention wasn't bad at all. Kids are really honest and sincere too. I guess that's another reason why I don't mind having all of them looking, and following, and talking to me all the time ha ha.
 

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I've been teaching my whole life, though on a volunteer basis mostly. I also homeschooled my kids for a while. I didn't like early elementary, to tedious. But I found that I loved it as they grew older and were able to understand abstract concepts. Neither of my older two are NF's though, so we think quite differently. My youngest might turn out to be more like me.

Anyway, teaching comes quite naturally to me. If I were to pursue it as a paid career, I'd want to be a professor though. I don't have the patience to babysit a class full of fidgeting kids who'd rather be outside.
 

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YES> I want to be a piano teacher! :)
 
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