ENFJ careers

When it comes to finding a career, people with the ENFJ personality type cast their eyes towards anything that lets them do what they love most - helping other people! Lucky for them, people like being helped, and are even willing to pay for it, which means that ENFJs are rarely wanting for inspiration and opportunity in their search for meaningful work.

Don't Worry When You Are Not Recognized, But Strive To Be Worthy Of Recognition

ENFJs take a genuine interest in other people, approaching them with warm sociability and a helpful earnestness that rarely goes unnoticed. Altruistic careers like social and religious work, teaching, counseling, and advising of all sorts are popular avenues, giving people with the ENFJ personality type a chance to help others learn, grow, and become more independent. This attitude, alongside their social skills, emotional intelligence and tendency to be “that person who knows everybody”, can be adapted to quite a range of other careers as well, making ENFJs natural HR administrators, event coordinators, and politicians - anything that helps a community or organization to operate more smoothly.

To top it all off, ENFJs are able to express themselves both creatively and honestly, allowing them to approach positions as sales representatives and advertising consultants from a certain idealistic perspective, intuitively picking up on the needs and wants of their customers, and working to make them happier. However, ENFJs need to make sure they get to focus on people, not systems and spreadsheets, and they are unlikely to have the stomach for making the sort of decisions required in corporate governance positions - they will feel haunted, knowing that their decision cost someone their job, or that their product cost someone their life.

Having a preference for Intuition (N) over Observation (S) also means that careers demanding exceptional situational awareness, such as law enforcement, military service, and emergency response, will cause ENFJs to burn out quickly. While great at organizing willing parties and winning over skeptics, in dangerous situations ENFJs just won't be able to maintain the sort of focus on their immediate physical surroundings that they inevitably demand of themselves hour after hour, day after day.

Always Bear In Mind That Your Own Resolution To Succeed Is More Important Than Any Other

It makes a great deal more sense for ENFJs to be the force keeping these vital services organized and running well, taking their long-term views, people skills and idealism, and using them to shape the situation on the ground, while more physical personality types manage the moment-to-moment crises. People with the ENFJ personality type are always up for a good challenge - and nothing thrills them quite like helping others. But while willing to train the necessary skills, ENFJs will always show an underlying preference for the sort of help that draws a positive long-term trend, that effects change that really sticks.

At the heart of it, ENFJs need to see how the story ends, to feel and experience the gratitude and appreciation of the people they've helped in order to be happy.

Careers operating behind enemy lines and arriving at the scene of the crime too late to help will simply weigh on ENFJs' sensitive hearts and minds, especially if criticized despite their efforts. On the other hand, ENFJs are a driven, versatile group, and that same vision that pulls them towards administration and politics can help them focus through the stress of the moment, knowing that each second of effort contributes to something bigger than themselves.

Workplace Habits


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Dec 02, 2014 11:15:06
I work as a consultant in an advertising agency. I love it, but I would rather do something to really help people in order to be happy (advertising doesn't really make people happy :)). This personality test IS AMAZING!
Nov 14, 2014 18:51:14
I am an ENFJ and spent 10 years in teaching. I burnt out after decade #1 once I realized that what I was doing was not making a difference. The kids did not care about my subject matter, no matter how much passion, creativity, and innovation I brought into my classroom. My subject you ask? Spanish. Yeah, yeah, I know: No one cares about Spanish. I have held several management positions and that was much more fulfilling as the people I supervised had goals they genuinely wanted to achieve whether they were work or personal goals. I was able to help them achieve both sorts of goals, much to our mutual satisfaction. Now I am in international sales and I love it. I get to speak in the 2 foreign languages I use all day, selling clients products they need to make their companies run better. It's absolutely terrific. Teaching was great for a while, but as I aged and the kids got more disrespectful, the parents got more difficult to work with, and the bureaucracy got thicker and thicker while support from community, media, politicians, and administrators waned, I had to leave. All my teacher buddies who are still holding the line against ignorance have all told me that I did the right thing by leaving and that they want to leave but are scared they won't get anything. It took me 500 job applications and 18 months of working part time, earning $300 / week to make it happen, but I did. If I can do it, so can they.
Nov 11, 2014 19:00:28
WOW!!!!! Bullseye!!! I often get very emotional while listening to Seal and can see myself as Oprah's twin. (But i'm not black doe).
Deepak Chapagain
Nov 09, 2014 20:05:37
I want to be an Engineer but my ENFJ personality type don't support it well. It suggest to be, sort of, politician, social activist or an advisor. In contrast, everything else matches exactly how I am. I'm so confused, disappointed and afraid to go as an Engineer. ;(
Nov 23, 2014 21:21:36
I am an ENFJ and I studied civil engineering, however lately I have taken the test and ware of that. Now anter 9 yrs of working, I think there could more out there and I would have been more successful if I had continued political studies.
Nov 26, 2014 07:29:16
If you want to be an engineer, do not be afraid! You won't make a poor engineer simply because your personality traits correspond to the traits that make a good social activist, politician, or adviser. In fact, it's likely that these traits will make you an even better engineer because you will take many factors into consideration when you create new technology and products. For example, you may develop technology to treat polluted water in impoverished nations, and you will have the counsel to make wise decisions when considering the implications of your work. I want to be a physician, and I think that, if anything, being ENFJ will only add to my ability to serve my patients and their families. Best of luck to you, Deepak. You can do it!
Leo Melo
Dec 03, 2014 07:35:12
I'm on IT and love building stuff (software) for my own computer and others. I think you can still be an Engineer and adapt that to help other people.
Since I have a highly logical way of thinking, computer programming is rather easy to grasp for me.
The way I found to naturally fulfil the ENFJ side of this is, I'm an IT consultant/coach/teacher. I use all my logic, work on developing my own stuff, and use that with the ultimate goal of improving my skills to help others in a more effective way.
Alex v
Oct 18, 2014 05:35:24
Spot on. I'm a community leader and business owner... Creepy and impressed