ENFP Careers

“Can’t I fly helicopters AND be an oceanographer who writes songs and cooks?” It’s a big world out there – perhaps even a little too big. ENFPs are fascinated by new ideas, both in terms of developments in fields they are already familiar with, and when new subjects come along. The trick for people with the ENFP personality type is to take advantage of this quality, this wonder with the magnificent breadth and detail in the world, and to use it to propel themselves further and deeper than others are willing or able to go.

If there’s a challenge ENFPs face when selecting a career, it isn’t that they lack talent or options or drive, it’s that there are so many things out there that are just cool.
ENFP careers

The Opening of a Door Can Be a Wonderfully Joyous Moment

Chief among ENFPs’ talents is their people skills, a quality that is even more valuable now than ever. Even in traditional Analyst strongholds like engineering, systems analysis and the sciences, ENFPs’ ability to network and match the communication styles of their audience means that even as they explore new challenges on their own, they will be able to work with others, explore others’ perspectives and glean new insights into their projects. Much of modern progress stems from incorporating other studies into typically disassociated fields, and no one is better equipped to merge broad interests than talented, energetic and future-minded ENFPs.

And while Thinking types may be better at applying logic to systems and machines, people with the ENFP personality type are able to apply that same logic to human interactions and networks, using their exceptional social perception to find out what makes people tick. This lends ENFPs a solid foothold in any human science or service, from psychology, counseling and teaching to politics, diplomacy and detective work. All of these fields have another important similarity: they are in constant development, shifting, presenting new angles and new approaches. It’s simply not possible to be good in these fields and content with the way things are, and this is where ENFPs truly shine.

Too Many Bosses, Too Few Workers

Where ENFPs do not shine is in systems of strict regimentation and hierarchy, such as military service. ENFPs thrive on the ability to question the status quo and explore the alternatives, and if this is a quality that is not just unappreciated but actually frowned upon, this will not only make them unhappy, but it may even threaten their emotional stability. Repetition, predictability, boredom… while some Sentinel types may appreciate predictability and clear hierarchies, these are not selling points for ENFPs. People with the ENFP personality type need to feel like they’re pushing boundaries and exploring ideas, and should focus on interests and careers that encourage that.

Many more career options satisfy these needs, and not just the scientific ones – writing, journalism, acting and TV reporting all give ENFPs a chance to explore something new every day and stir the pot a little while they’re at it. It may come to pass though, that the best way forward for ENFP personalities is to establish themselves as entrepreneurs and consultants, blazing their own trails and taking on whatever project is most fascinating. So long as they get to use their people skills, identify and achieve their own goals and inspire their colleagues and followers, ENFPs will be happy.

3 years ago
We are so freaking cool, enfp for the win! I love to create and act and write and play and I love all sorts of different things. Why can't I be in a band and be an author, and an actor? This is freaky accurate
3 years ago
i want to be a fashion designer but my parents told me to study hospitality and im fine with that too. I have an interview with my university this week- should i be myself? Will they mistaken me for lacking depth and maturity?
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2 years ago
If there is any advice I can give you as a fellow ENFP, it is YES, BE YOURSELF! I strongly believe most parents try to "live the life they wish to live" through their children. I will like you to take a moment to understand that it is your life and not theirs. Never do something you may regret later~!
3 years ago
It's actually crazy how accurate this is!
3 years ago
I fit this so well. I have always had a passion for acting and I want to be an actress. I like being creative, I have always dreamed big and I love change. I could never do an office job like some other people.
3 years ago
I am real glad that i am an ENFP....but the thing is that now i can't choose what to do for the rest of my whole entire life. I am scared that i will choose something that will get boring after a while or not choose something at all. Once someone suggested that i should make two lists on which i would write jobs that interested me and jobs that i know that i do not like. By the time I was done the lists were so unproportional that the person told me that he wished he could help but that i am interested in almost everything.
3 years ago
Hi Yegeta, I am an ENFP and would like to encourage my fellow one! Told you the truth, I've jumped 3 industries in the first 7 years of my professional life. From market research in cigarette company for 2 years, became corporate banker in Japanese biggest bank for 4 year, and now I am in a start up company handling marketing, communication, and promotion. I am telling that it's totally fine to try one thing after another. We life once to get the best thing in us and one of the best thing to find your true passion is by expose yourself to as much experience as you can have. I don't know and I am not sure where I am going to but I am quite sure it would be such an amazing experience. One thing that I don't really enjoy in the past few years was the strict regulation in the financial industry. However, it was still fun to know how banking works and what we can do to help people through our institution. As my last word for your, I just want to let you know that music teacher for Paul McCartney and one of his Beatles member told them that they don't have any talent in music but they thrive through experience and exposure. Hope you find my brief message useful for you. Keep enjoy the ride pal!
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