INFP careers

It is perhaps more challenging for INFPs to find a satisfying career than any other type. Though intelligent, the regimented learning style of most schools makes long years earning an advanced degree a formidable undertaking for people with the INFP personality type - at the same time, that's often what's needed to advance in a field that rings true for them. INFPs often wish that they could just be, doing what they love without the stress and rigor of professional life.

Oftentimes, as with so many things, the answer lies somewhere in the middle, in a line of work that begins with passion and dedication, but which comes to require training so that the academia feels intimately linked to that passion. Too many INFPs drift in frustration, ultimately succumbing to the necessities of day-to-day life in a job that wasn't meant for them. But it turns out that, despite such exacting demands, modern economics places a premium on the very keys to INFPs' challenges: their creativity, independence, and need for meaningful relationships with individuals who need their help.

There's Place and Means for Every Man Alive

First and foremost is seemingly every INFPs' dream growing up - to become an author. While a novel is a classic choice, it is rarely an accessible one, and there are many viable options for freedom-loving INFPs. The internet brings to the world the opportunities of blogging and freelance work - as organizations expand their reach beyond their native tongues, they will come to depend on INFP personality types, with their gift for language and written expression, to take their rougher translations and stale pitches and inject them with a sense of beauty and poetry. Smaller organizations will need more than ever to express with elegance the value they bring to local communities.

Most any cause, idea, or field can benefit from the artful and natural expression that INFPs bring to the table, and INFPs have their pick of the world in choosing who they work with.

The real beauty here is that it takes a core interest that people with the INFP personality type share, while helping a cause they believe in, independently, through creative expression and personal growth, and makes it applicable to any interest there is. There will always be a need, and now more than ever, to win people's hearts and minds with the written word.

Some INFPs will prefer a still more personal touch, being able to work face-to-face with clients, seeing that their personal effort really impacts another's quality of life. Service careers such as massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, counselling, social work, psychology and even academic roles and retraining can be exceptionally rewarding for INFPs, who take pride in the progress and growth they help to foster. People with the INFP personality type have a tendency to put others' interests ahead of their own, a mixed blessing by itself, but when a patient takes their first unaided step in the long road to recovery after an accident, nothing will feel more rewarding than that selflessness.

If To Do Were As Easy As To Know What Were Good To Do...

Where INFPs will not thrive is in a high-stress, team-heavy, busy environment that burdens them with bureaucracy and tedium. INFPs need to be able to work with creativity and consideration - high-pressure salespeople they are not. It can be a challenge to avoid these roles, as they are the basis for so much starting work, and it's often a risk to break away into something less dependable, but more rewarding. To find a career that resonates with INFPs' values though, that's more than just a job, sometimes it's just what needs to be done.

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Workplace Habits


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Aug 21, 2014 00:42:23
Hairstylist, I knew it would be the perfect job for me.
Aug 16, 2014 18:33:43
Wow, This is me. I am working as a massagetherapist and osteopat on horses and dogs, retraining injured horses and human, write articles about horses, and i teaches riders and owners in riding and handeling horses. Think I got the jobpart right ;)
Aug 13, 2014 19:52:14
I'd like to also point out that part of the reason we (INFP) desire a "personal touch" in the workplace is we are able to gauge the desires and responses of others more easily in person. In fact I tend to over think non-personal responses and am surprised when I find out I misread the intent of an email etc.
Aug 08, 2014 17:10:47
what about working in Marketing ?
Aug 07, 2014 03:17:32
I decided to become a writer, took an awesome class, now work as a reporter, have a column and a novel on the side. Sigh...took me long enough. Mostly what I had to do was believe...!
Dev Arbikshe
Aug 07, 2014 08:08:25
Seems like I am reading a monologue. I have similar aspirations but I am so dodgy about jumping into journalism. I have started my sketch page on fb though. And yes if I do not write, shame on me.