Current Career: Part-Time Web Developer, Full-Time Grad Student (Computer Science)Just wondering what kind of careers fellow ENFPs have and how your personality helps/hinders them, and also what your dream job or future plans are if they are different from what you're currently doing?
These both sound a lot like myself, too. I've always liked the pressure of working at a fast-paced job, it can be exciting. I've done my fair share of waiting tables, that's for sure!-I'm not the best at common sense with physical things, but i'm good at customer service and i know how to adapt to different personalities and environments (makes sense considering my experiences). It takes me longer than the average person to get the knack of screwing a nail somewhere for example.
-I like jobs that are both fast-paced and filled with variety- a psychology lecturer once told me a possible reason i procrastinate is because i like the adrenaline of being under pressure- that's what i'm like at work, i like pressure (although i can't stand too much negativity). I quite like rushed service waiting at restaurants for example.
-I need to have a creative outlet at work, and i like it when people expect things of my ability to reason things out for myself.
This is actually what I do! I have no master's degree, but two bachelor's, one in business and one in sociology and I'm in marketing in the health & wellness industry. I love it for the same reasons you mentioned, fast-paced, creative and people-oriented. Looks like we have a lot of similarities!My plan is to get a masters in marketing and move into advertising in a creative capacity.
Sooooo awesome. You're still very young, so I'm sure you have plenty of time to get the experience you need, but my advice would be to get into as many college extra curricular as you can and take on some sort of planning or directive role. I wish you the best of luck! You sound super cool!My ultimate dream is to be a film producer; a film producer takes care of all the facets of a movie in production- the casting, the appointments, the deadlines, the logistics, the marketing, being on set to make sure everything runs, etc. the list goes on. That kind of variety and creative ability is my dream.
I might have hit my head along the way as an ENFP, but in the work place (especially a leadership position), I'm super extremely OCD and my organization skills even scare me some times. I ended up being the president of my sorority after being with them for 4 years and I was obsessed planning everything, even to the point of micromanaging my members. I like to approach things by taking my time to learn everything about the system by going up the ladder. That's how I build my confidence. I do tend to crack under pressure when things don't go as expected, but I'm also very good at improvising.Ahiko, I have 2 friends, one a consultant and the other a project manager, who both love their jobs. The project manager is not an ENFP. My best guess is that he's an ESTP/J. He is one of the best project managers I have ever seen in my life. He is so thorough in organizing things that he has an Excel or Powerpoint sheet for everything he does, even his vacations! What's ironic is that he's terrible at organizing some other facets of his life, like his relationships (forgetting anniversaries, girlfriend's birthdays, etc.) But being a project manager is 99% about organization. A lot of ENFPs struggle with this on a day to day basis, so that's why I'm always hesitant about recommending it.
My boss is a consultant as well and it seems like something I would enjoy. Again, I'd want to be at least proficient at being able to consult people, otherwise I wouldn't step up until I do feel like I'm ready.My friend the consultant, on the other hand, is an ENFP and very good at what he does. He works for one of the big management consulting firms (McKinsey/Bain/BCG). His area is green technology (LEED) and he travels to Europe a lot. Now he has a fiancee and prefers not to travel for work, but still enjoys his job. I think consulting is a very good area for most ENFPs if you are able to discipline yourself a little bit.
So far I like the industry. I like the variety of roles and have taken on several different hats in it so far. There are some things I don't agree with management, though, but I'm willing to put up with it.When considering dream jobs, the most important question to ask is not, "will I like it?" but "do i love this enough that i'm willing to put up with all the bullshit that comes with it?" if yes, then perhaps you're on the right track after all...
Our biggest weakness is failing to follow things through to the end. We often go 80, 90% of the way only to give up or lose interest when we're so close to finishing. Discipline is using your mental willpower to push through to completion. There are times when you feel like nobody around you cares about what you do or that nobody's watching. This is when you have to dig deep within yourself and find a reason to keep pushing.What would you suggest ENFPs "discipline" themselves by?