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AND I QUOTE:

"This longing for the perfect carries over into the careers of ENFJ's, who experience some degree of restlessness whatever their jobs. And, as with ENFP's, ENFJ's have a wide range of occupations which offer success. Being verbally adept, ENFJ's contribute to an unusual level dealing with people, particularly face to face; the media, the ministry, and stage and screen are populated successful ENFJ's. They make superior therapists, charismatic teachers, excellent executives, personalized salespersons. Areas that would not permit utilization of the intereactional talents of the ENFJ's, for example, accounting, should be avoided, otherwise, almost any people to people occupation where personal, sustained contact is involved capitalizes on the personality of the ENFJ."

I'm currently an accounting major and I love my major but I've been having a weird 'gut' feeling about it. Accountants are typically very technical, to themselves and not really into interacting with people. Of course, in this day and age things are changing and accountants need great managing skills to succeed way beyond the norm. I've met lots of accountants, auditors, tax accountants who are not like your typical 'stay in the background and crunch numbers types'.

Even though the field is changing, I still feel like I'm missing something in my major. I absolutely love people. I want to help people and make a difference in this world. The thought of being stuck behind a cubicle preparing tax statements for a corporation or in a room with an audit team checking through invoices made me go nuts!! I've been searching through these personality tests and careers to see how can I still follow my dream of using my talents in accounting to help people and finally concluded that I should look into becoming a Financial Advisor or Director of some sort of Financial Literacy Program. I want to help people plan and figure out how they can save money, manage their finances and maybe even do their taxes here and there. I wouldn't mind being a CPA where I can work on statements and taxes but I also want to advise. I even found some jobs with the Department of Treasury that were centered around spreading financial literacy and I was like - ding ding ding!! Score!! My accounting college focuses more on preparing students to work for large accounting firms so I had to dig deep for this kind of information.

If there is another ENFJ out there who's interested in a field that doesn't typically fit with their personality type - continue to do research. There is a career path out there for you. You can mix-and-match your talents with your career goals and make it work for you. It might involve you completely changing your major or it might involve you taking a path that's different from your colleagues (like me!). Most of my friends are going into Public Accounting - which is great... but not really what I want to do.

Another note - I am heavily involved in my church. I LOVE ministry. I LOVE performing and acting and music. I am a singer, guitarist, clarinet player and actress. You can imagine how aggravated I was when I had to slow down on my involvement in my choir when my accounting classes became to difficult to handle lol. I also love leading people. Most accountants prefer being behind the scenes. People like me who become accountants move on past their staff accountant levels to pick up roles as Controllers of companies etc etc. I don't mind working in the corporate world too much, but I would prefer to use my talents with a ministry or non-profit organization. It could even be a for-profit company as long as they have a mission of some sort to help individuals. Heck, I wouldn't even mind starting up my own thing! I have an entrepreneurial spirit too. :)

It's a long post... but I hope it's of use to someone out there... just wanted to share! :proud:
 

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Thanks @Dafnie Nacius. I'm a second year in college right now, and I've been debating about what I want to do for quite some time now. And I've ultimately decided that when I graduate, I'm heading off to Journalism school. Honestly, I'm passionate about gathering facts, and meeting new people, and being informed about the world. I thought about teaching and counseling, but I do enough of that on a daily basis with friends/family/etc; those aren't careers I could see myself working in (passionately) 5 years down the road. So right now, I'm just trying to get the best liberal arts education I can while in college!

P.S. - Just do what you have a passion for. Eventually you'll come to a decision.
 

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Its your weakest function telling you it wants some credit. Go for it.

Its like an ISTP becoming a veterinarian or a priest. There's a hole in our life that needs to be filled.
That, and that anyone can do anything. Adding on: if you work on all of your senses, balancing them, you will become the best person you possibly can be, despite your MBTI type. Ideally we'd all be XXXX (or ENFJ's ;P)

I'm quite honestly beginning to form a belief that MBTI types have to do with how we relate to stress. That however is for an other discussion and more research...
 
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I don't believe in that description. MBTI should never speak about what jobs you should do or avoid. MBTI tells you how you grasp information and how you make decisions. They don't talk about talents, capacities or vocations. And if they do they are generalizing, since everyone has different goals in life. If you like accounting, if you see yourself working as an accountant in the future and enjoy it, keep on that.
 

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Yea I think the real thing here though is figuring out why you like accounting over ministry. This is really where the rubber meets the road when we talk about long-term satisfaction.

Here's an example, I'm a film and TV director, very Se-oriented job. Se is my inferior function so in some ways I feel compelled to do this type of work, even if it doesn't come as naturally to me as it does for other people. However, I had to take a step back and realize that the real satisfaction of the job came from energizing my intuition and entertaining people (the real challenge isn't making pretty pictures, its making compelling pictures that entertain or move people - Ni/Fe. Se is just a way of expressing it).

I think with you, you seem like you really like accounting, but you gush over ministry. Now not saying you should abandon one for the other (though it is college and it would not be unprecedented for that to happen) and it is always great to have as many vocations under your belt as possible, because quite frankly the world is crazy right now. But I think Fe-doms might be the most vulnerable to factoring in the opinions of others in their life choices too. I know both an ENFJ and ESFJ who ended up in careers more because of obligation to some external influence (family, social status, etc) rather than the pursuit of what was meaningful to them. So as long as accounting is something you are doing for you, and not trying to prove anything (and sometimes this takes some real self analysis, which is sometimes a weakness in ENFJ's because they're so focused on other people) then there is no problem here. But if deep down this isn't the thing you are called to do, then certainly some real deep thought and possibly re-calibration will be needed because if you're not called to do it, and I'm being philosophical here, but also from the perspective of someone who routinely hires people - if its' not your gifting it will show and you might not get the type of success of self-satisfaction from it that you desire simply because its just not your thing. I've worked around a lot of people who are decent enough at their job from a skill standpoint and it pays the bills, but it is noticeable when after 15 or 20 years their heart isn't really in it. They don't necessarily have the extra push to keep them going through the rough spots (I talked myself into working for a major TV network and after two years I was screaming to get out, because I was doing what everyone else said was good for me. But when the loneliness set in being across the country from anyone I knew and the snowstorms hit (I'm from California) it was like "Screw this" all of a sudden the world crashed down on me and I realized that I had put a lot of effort into something that ultimately wasn't for me (now it was good that I went through that I got a lot out of that experience, but it also taught me sometimes you have to shut out all the outside opinions of 'should do this' and 'should do that' and listen to whats right for you).

You sound like a good person and will be a major asset wherever you end up, whether its in accounting or in the ministry or wherever. But the concerns that you have, you're going to have to deal with, because they don't magically go away. And repressing them doesn't help either, because your mind is trying to tell you something. Either its growing into something it didn't think it could accomplish, which is great but sometimes uncomfortable, or the discomfort is telling you "hey check this out this isn't right." It's for you to figure out which is which.
 

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As someone who is pursuing a CPA, I will say that accounting is definitely not a "bean counter" job..unless you are doing basic bookkeeping.

There are very few Intuitive types in the area though..however, I am interested in the financial world and see accounting as a good way to truly learn about it.

As someone who is around a lot of CPAs/CPA-pursuers.. I will say that the most common type is ISTJ with a strong emphasis on the S and J preferences.

With that said, will I be an auditor my whole life? Probably not.
 

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And that's not to say your accounting skills won't come in handy somewhere in life. Even if you go back into the ministry these skills will really come in handy if you end up pastoring a church, or serving as a finance minister or whatever. Churches are one of the trickiest, most complex organizations to run and someone with strong intuitions and good accounting skills is a commodity.

Also I doubt you're ENTJ. Your post kinda gushes ENFJ, I'd have a hard time believing you were a Te dom with inferior-Fi (there is an ENTJ 'what's my type' thread right now and the difference is really striking.
 

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If you enjoy what you're doing, do it.

If you don't enjoy what you're doing and would rather do something else. Do that.

That's the best and simplest advice in the whole world.

Do what you enjoy -- really -- and follow your true passions while you still have the time.

It's easy to find a certain measure of happiness in any job - I know. But the ONE true passion one has is the one that will most likely make them the happiest --- sorry for being blunt and rather short ... but that's just how simple it is.

I've been in 6 careers [2 of them I really liked] - but my true passion is music - and nothing has ever made me happier than being on a stage in front of people performing. Nothing. Even though I found happiness in everything else -- I was only the happiest when I received my first standing O in front of a small group of high-schoolers back in 99.

So ... in other words - you can do anything you set your mind to - but what makes you the happiest? If the answer is different from what you're doing, do that instead.
 

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Yeah, I don't believe in all that mbti determining what your career is. If you enjoy it, why not? I know I've had mostly "non-infp" jobs that I've enjoyed. One of my favorite jobs was a sales position; I was a pretty good sales person, despite my introvertedness.
My good friend who is an ENFJ just graduated as an accounting major; he really enjoyed a lot of his classes too, especially the business classes; we'd usually have a lot of good discussions over the stuff he was learning. I'm not sure what his life will be like when he actually lands a job (he just got a couple of job offers and at least one interview, so we'll have to see how that goes when it happens).

I don't know, I just get uneasy when I see people use mbti as a dealbreaker to determine major life decisions. It's a personality test, not a horoscope. I think people use it way to often to take responsibility away from how they live their lives way too often. If you enjoy the classes, it's a pretty good indicator that you'll probably enjoy the job since, the purpose for the classes is to prepare you for the job.
 

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True ENFJ's don't change careers 6 times. I've been in the Army almost 23 years, 4 combat tours in Iraq, and am a biochemist. ENFJ's are VERY consistent in their careers.


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True ENFJ's don't change careers 6 times.
Generalization which is unrelated to type. ENFJ's are just as likely to switch around as any other type looking for the 'best fit'.

They are less likely to do so - but even then I find the word choice a little narcissistic - as though ENFJ's switching their careers is "unbecoming" of their type.
 

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I knew an ENFJ that was going to take accounting as a career for just the money.

She ended up doing a small internship at KPMG...
and ended up hating it entirely. She switched to business administration and had a moment where she wasn't sure if she wanted to go back to biology or do culinary arts.

The only thing I would recommend is, try and find some places where you can intern at especially so if you want to do work for the big accounting firms. You will make a lot of money, but you will also find yourself working 50+ hour weeks with little vacation time.

Also know that a college degree is a college degree and anyone with knowledge of accounting is about as useful as someone who knows a metric crap ton about computers.

You don't have to pursue a career in accounting if you decide you don't like it. I'm in the same boat with an audio production degree. Ended up interning in Los Angeles and hated it. Fortunately, I have the degree, good grades, and an astounding amount of experience in IT to make up for it.

Diversify your interests my friend.
 

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Generalization which is unrelated to type. ENFJ's are just as likely to switch around as any other type looking for the 'best fit'.

They are less likely to do so - but even then I find the word choice a little narcissistic - as though ENFJ's switching their careers is "unbecoming" of their type.
I don't think it is a generalization unrelated to type, and ENFJ are NOT likely to switch around careers multiple times in a lifetime, once developed. What is observed here is youth based on choices for career in a very large choice of them, and the original poster may not have a good guide or mentor to help make a career life choice as of yet. My statement is based on experience with a group of male, but mostly female ENFJ for over 35 years. Yes, I also think it is unbecoming of their type. As a developed ENFJ, I offer this information and experience for your consideration...

As I have watched this forum over the years, many of you here are underdeveloped children and young teens, and remind me of myself here when I was your age. Your ENFJ skills sharpen as you grow older, and one day you will learn to temper them with wisdom.

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I don't think it is a generalization unrelated to type, and ENFJ are NOT likely to switch around careers multiple times in a lifetime, once developed. What is observed here is youth based on choices for career in a very large choice of them, and the original poster may not have a good guide or mentor to help make a career life choice as of yet. My statement is based on experience with a group of male, but mostly female ENFJ for over 35 years. Yes, I also think it is unbecoming of their type. As a developed ENFJ, I offer this information and experience for your consideration...

As I have watched this forum over the years, many of you here are underdeveloped children and young teens, and remind me of myself here when I was your age. Your ENFJ skills sharpen as you grow older, and one day you will learn to temper them with wisdom.

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Lol. I'm 30 - and pretty well-rounded thank you very much - which is exactly why I said what I said.

The desire for security stems from cultural / societal expectations, and is not necessarily inherent. Also, depends on prevailing PEST [political, economic, sociological and technological conditions] of the living environment. A job situation is part of the external environment that an ENFJ cannot control.

What I do see is that there's definitely a huge lack of real world / life situation consideration when it comes to personality typing.

Lastly, a well-rounded ENFJ would be one who would be able to see which parts of him/her fit in the box, and which don't. MBTI etc are just boxes where not everyone can fit into no matter how hard they try to squeeze themselves in.
 

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30 is young, but you still have time to develop your skills.

Not a strong argument you make based on your life experiences, without reference to other ENFJ contacts.

Perhaps one day you will understand. Not insults intended, you just don;t have the appropriate life experiences yet.


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You have to laugh at it, because it is true. If you are not in an ENFJ withdrawal mode because you have helped everyone you know, been involved in numerous projects simultaneously, and completely exhausted, you'd be frustrated with what I posted as intrapersonal and interpersonal observations over your experiences.


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ENFJ can choose careers because somebody with a strong influence favours that career and they do not want to disappoint. But having said that: in my experience college majors have not much to do with the jobs you do afterwards. And while I, too, have a hard time seeing an ENFJ in classic bookkeeping there is a lot you can do with that major that is not related to juggling detailed numbers without outside contact. Especially in the higher levels of larger companies controlling can be much more about big picture than tiny numbers.
 
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