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I have one year left of secondary school before I got to University and it's that crucial time where I chose a degree that suits what I want to do; what my personality is like.

What is your occupation?
Does your job suit your personality? Or have you landed a job that doesn't suit who you are?
 

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Web Developer - Software Engineer may be another way to describe it.

Yes, problem solving and building systems are definitely things that suit my personality. Part of what I do is fix bugs and handle support requests which is usually solving a problem or answering a question. The other side of what I do involves building systems of one form or another that also suits me quite well. I could elaborate more if there was a specific side you wanted me to answer.
 

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Im a quantitative analyst at a large international proprietary trading firm, kind of like a hedge fund. Essentially, I make trading algorithms and specs for trading algorithms all day that are put on computers and then scour the world for trading opportunities, of which I get a cut. I got here doing a MSc and PhD in Applied Physics.

The job suits me, better than physics, as it's not just theory, but also practice. This "practice" bit tends to make it harder for INTPs - this really is an INTJ job. Bullshit just walks when money talks. Being hard as nails helps too.

As for an education, I did physics, which I fully recommend. Essentially, a physics degree is considered a sign one is smart and has the stamina to go though it (it is quite heavy), but doesn't have the "impractical" stigma that math sometimes has. One can do nearly anything after finishing it, including of course physics, which is also good fun :happy: The range of job offers I got after finishing grad school ranged from a steel mill to a 3D-printing shop to software consultant to trader.
 

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Mechanical Engineering Student though my constant INTP persona prefers something more hands on so I'm also a solids modeler, CNC/Manual Machinist and CNC programmer from solid models or hand in multi-axis CNCs. Anywhere from floor to brainstorm.
 

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You're all extremely smart. Habitual being an INTJ.
Perhaps I'm selling myself short wanting to stick with the humanities.
After all we are called "The Scientists" and I wouldn't mind doing Pyschology.
 

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You're all extremely smart. Habitual being an INTJ.
Perhaps I'm selling myself short wanting to stick with the humanities.
After all we are called "The Scientists" and I wouldn't mind doing Pyschology.
I don't think pursuing humanities would be selling yourself short, if that's what truly interests you. But if there are other pursuits that would better satisfy you, I would encourage you to look into them. That's how I began with my career-to-be. Although I'm still going to the university (double major in psychology and interpersonal communication), I'm on track to become a clinical psychologist. I've begun to do research and work in my field already. I must say that I feel like I've found my niche. Psychology satisfies my insatiable curiosity about people, my need to explore and analyze things scientifically, and challenges my mind. My professors tell me that they feel like I have a 'real gift' in the area, and I feel energized finally being on a career path that suits my needs. Whether you decide on psychology, humanities, or something else I'm sure you'll have the same experience.
 

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Psychology satisfies my insatiable curiosity about people, my need to explore and analyze things scientifically
I loved Psychology for ages. Wanted to be either a counselling or clinical psychologist, but in England you have to do a Medical Degree before pursuing clinical psychology. Sucks!
But Psychology has always naturally suited me because of the interest in people's behaviours.
 

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You're all extremely smart. Habitual being an INTJ.
Perhaps I'm selling myself short wanting to stick with the humanities.
After all we are called "The Scientists" and I wouldn't mind doing Pyschology.
Studying humanities is not selling yourself short. The key is to find a field that has systems involved, whatever that may be. I studied international relations, which is full of theories and systems of order/hierarchy or ways of entities interrelating. I loved every minute of it. Psychology would be the same I imagine.

Good luck, let us know what you decide.
 

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Hey another Humanities kid
I'm actually in a similar position to you, this being my last year of high School. I love the humanities but i also like Programming which is a real pain as they are just about polar opposites. My advice is doing whatever you enjoy doing, so if you enjoy psychology then go for it (I remember that i quite liked it too when i did it).

And trust me your not selling your self short, some of the smartest people I know are doing Humanity subjects.
 

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Hhhmmm.....

You're all extremely smart. Habitual being an INTJ.
Perhaps I'm selling myself short wanting to stick with the humanities.
After all we are called "The Scientists" and I wouldn't mind doing Pyschology.
While I am smart, I wouldn't say I'm extremely smart as I have seen many people brighter than myself. What's wrong with the humanities? Perhaps you enjoy some special part there and it suits you. While I will admit to have wanting to be software developer for a few years before university, it was at least partially due to my understanding how I could control machines and tell them what to do. Maybe you go for a degree that makes you a social worker? Just another idea I'd toss out there though I would suggest studying what you enjoy and then deal with what kinds of jobs can employ the skills you get from it.

I remember a guy when I was in university that had a Philosophy degree that ended up becoming a programmer and got pretty good at it from the view of self-study and using the skills he refined in getting his degree so sometimes the degree doesn't tell you exactly where you go.

My degree is "Combined Double Honor's Bachelor of Mathematics with majors in Computer Science and Combinatorics & Optimization." I also completed the requirements for a Pure Math minor but I couldn't get a third option on my degree.
 

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I have one year left of secondary school before I got to University and it's that crucial time where I chose a degree that suits what I want to do; what my personality is like.

What is your occupation?
Does your job suit your personality? Or have you landed a job that doesn't suit who you are?
Work in I.T. (Senior manager now--- but started in the trenches). However, I'm also a writer. Both suit me--- but being a writer is what makes me happy.

I think it's true that INTJ's have to be in a career that allows them to be creative and dynamic. Jobs that are very "routine" do not suit me (and probably most INTJ's).
 

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I've worked as an IT-technician which was okay but not challenging enough, and then I have worked in a factory building airconditioning machines, which was just horrible. I have to put my mind to something or I'll go nuts! So now I'm headed for a Ph.D in astrophysics at the university.

I've considered psychology a lot of times because the human mind is very interesting. But then I realized that I wouldn't be able to listen to other peoples problems as a career. People drive me crazy and it drains me to just have regular discussions. If I had to deal with their emotions all day as well it would be too much. You should probably consider that as well - can you listen to peoples problems day after day? I know I can't.
 

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If I had to deal with their emotions all day as well it would be too much. You should probably consider that as well - can you listen to peoples problems day after day? I know I can't.
That's a very good point. I can listen to people; or I have a face that makes it look like i'm listening; but I don't think I'll be able to do anything genuinely constructive to helping them

Both suit me--- but being a writer is what makes me happy.
I think it's true that INTJ's have to be in a career that allows them to be creative and dynamic.
I've always wanted to be a writer and humanities provides that platform. I write in my spare time.
 

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I guess I don't fit the INTJ stereotype as I'm studying art, not much science or computer stuff in there~

As far as I remember I never seriously saw myself doing anything else. It is much more technical than most people think though, nothing to do with the "I make pretty stuff as a therapy" amateurs do or the "I get high and crank out a masterpiece about mystical stuff and my feelings and all that kind of crap" artsy bullshit. Behind every well done picture there's tons of logical patterns and systems and theories and even maths (statistics/proportions and massive amounts of geometry).

I've always been fascinated with how all these systems and rules (made of cold logic and hard facts) interact and blend together into something as whole and unified as a painting, so much that they become unsuspected to the untrained eye, and so well that they become able to convey the most powerful or subtle messages in mere fractions of seconds to anyone.


...So, yeah, in short art fits my INTJness (lots of logic systems and planning, no routine and mostly solitary work) :happy:

And as for your questioning about your degree, I wouldn't stress about it too much if I were you. There's always time to change your path after if you will and alternative ways of acquering the necessary knowledge if you can't/don't want to go back to Uni, there isn't much jobs for which that piece of paper is of utmost importance.
And I agree that Humanities ins't selling yourself short, that old cliché about science stuff being for the smartest ones and everything else spread out below it on a dumbness scale is just that : an old stupid cliché.
 

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That's a very good point. I can listen to people; or I have a face that makes it look like i'm listening; but I don't think I'll be able to do anything genuinely constructive to helping them

I've always wanted to be a writer and humanities provides that platform. I write in my spare time.
One important thing to note is that the number of people that write is pretty huge. I've heard that in the country where I live, 5% of people have written a book. Needless to say that only a tiny fraction of them makes a living out of it. In general, it's difficult to make money from stuff other people do for free.

i would suggest that you do something on the intersection of what you like, what you are good at, and what makes money. Poverty is no fun. For me personally, if I followed my true passion in high school, I'd be a biologist. However, physics has much better career prospect, and I was willing to settle for 90% of the fun for that.
 

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I'm taking my premed course and I'm going to take surgical oncology as my med specialty.
 

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One important thing to note is that the number of people that write is pretty huge. I've heard that in the country where I live, 5% of people have written a book. Needless to say that only a tiny fraction of them makes a living out of it. In general, it's difficult to make money from stuff other people do for free.
Unfortunately, I have to agree.

If it wasn't for my IT career, I'd be living in an alley somewhere. I love writing and I hope to have my work published one day, but I treat it as more of a hobby.
 

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I'm a business/management consultant. Wasn't my first choice, nor quite the ideal fit, but it does suit me fairly well.

My areas of specialisation extend from strategic planning through to performance management, and down to processes (as well as various other stuff). It ticks most of my boxes for long range thinking and a focus on efficiency.
 

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Web Developer - Software Engineer may be another way to describe it.

Yes, problem solving and building systems are definitely things that suit my personality. Part of what I do is fix bugs and handle support requests which is usually solving a problem or answering a question. The other side of what I do involves building systems of one form or another that also suits me quite well. I could elaborate more if there was a specific side you wanted me to answer.
That's what I'm going for.

Software engineering.

More of an INTP/ISTP thing though tbh.
 
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