I'm borrowing from the "reasons why I'll be single forever" thread because careers seem to be another area where many of us struggle. I know figuring out what to do with my life is my top priority right now and I feel like the more I search the more I realize I'll probably never find a job/career I enjoy.
- I can't stick with a decision. All the best jobs require years of schooling but I'm afraid to commit to years of school if there's a good chance by the time I finish I'll change my mind about working in that field. I only have a BA in psychology so my options are pretty limited without getting more education.
- I'm torn between the desire to help others and take care of my own needs. Jobs that help others are usually simultaneously rewarding and draining and I'm afraid I would crumple under the stress. Plus the low pay for most helping professions means I probably wouldn't be able to afford many fun extras to try to cheer myself in my free time.
- I want to be able to be independent and creative but I also need structure. I've done office jobs most of my life and hated them because they feel boring and meaningless but I think if I took on a job with a lot of creative freedom I would feel lost without some direction. I would at least be prone to procratination.
- I'm pretty much 100% introverted. And shy. My ideal job would let me work alone (or at least one on one), but pretty much every job requires interaction from time to time. The only jobs that do seem to allow you to work completely alone are freelance gigs where you need to extrovert enough to be your own pitch man.
- I haven't taken my idealism down to realistic levels yet. I'm 21 and in that weird not-a-kid-but-not-quite-a-full-blown-adult-yet stage where I'm itching to find my own place and start a life of my own. But despite seeing the necessity of being practical so that I can pay the bills, I can't shake the feeling that I'll never be satisfied with my life unless I do something truly extaordinary with it... which pretty much paralyzes me from doing anything.
- I have no career role models around me. My whole family is ESXX and both my parents are SJs so they don't get it (I'm an INFP). They've both worked pretty practical jobs their whole lives and just keep recommending office type jobs to me - they don't understand why I wouldn't want to do that. (Full disclosure: My ESTJ dad actually work a kinda INFP job for a change now - high school teacher (special ed and math) - but he makes it sound like the administration is so crushing and hellbent on just graduating as many kids as possible that they encourage sacrificing actual teaching for just catering to the standardized tests, though this may just be because my dad's a teacher in a NYC public school where a lot of kids don't graduate or just barely do.)
- I'm just out of ideas. I've gone through every career on every list of suggested careers for INFPs (and many additional careers) and for all of them I've come up with reasons for crossing them off the list.