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 Everyone

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.

Workplace Habits


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Jan 27, 2015 15:27:47
INFP family , love ya
I really love music and find it's very interesting to write some lyrics , now i know why i love it so much
Jan 27, 2015 07:48:22
True, the accuracy is almost eerie but enlightening. From my earliest childhood memories, becoming an author is all I ever dreamed of. My mind never stops racing, insomnia plagues my soul nightly. With that being said, I just recently completed my associates degree in business management; I hated it! I have been taking test after test to try and help me decide what to do next. I've always loved psychology, I guess that is the path I shall choose. Decisions, decisions!
Mar de Luna Michea
Jan 19, 2015 01:04:26
Oh wow, INFP, so me, the Dreamy, freedom loving, harmony seeking type who needs her space to process and just be. This feel amazing to see there are so many others out there like me!!!. I do work in sales, in a retail environment and im currently enjoying it a lot, because i am able to connect with people, and create happy and harmonious interactions with them, and that feels rewarding to me. Then i come home to "recharge" and connect with my inner world....
Jan 15, 2015 19:05:33
I am not sure if my personality falls into INFP but it seems like it. For all the young people, having this personality can give you the freedom to do what you want as en employee or employer. I am a Sales Director in the company I started two decades ago. I sell items I believe they are worth, for the good of people and my customers. I do not know how much money is in my bank account (if any) and all my properties are not under my name, but I see my colleagues and children with health, happiness and have a place to stay and sleep...enough for me... so if you believe you fall into the INFP category.... you can care less about money but not about people...your chances out there are infinite...
Jan 15, 2015 12:38:55
I love drawing and writing, but I'm taking Computer Science because I want to become a roboticist so that I'll be able to help develop robots. All that because I want to help people with new futuristic technology that I believe we'd acquire soon enough. But I want to take up animation too, and I like writing as well and I've thought of being a lawyer before because think of all the excitement and mystery! I really don't know what to do now, ah.
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