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.

Hans Deduytsche
4 years ago
I can't believe that first sentence.... I just became a helicopter pilot after sailing the seven seas for 14 years, and the list goes on.... ENFP, well I guess I am not crazy after all and I am so happy that I am not alone, Hi fellow adventurers!!!
4 years ago
I've had this problem all my life and it's exactly how I feel! I am self educated in a lot of fields and everything seems so interesting and worth while. Even now I dropped from photography school to start a nutrition one while taking another course in the philosophy of sciences. The world is just to awesome !
4 years ago
So I'm an ENFP, huh? **grins** I like that just fine; it makes me understand why I have pet ferrets and want to do stupid things like jump out of perfectly good planes and go to Iceland and watch that volcano that's erupting there right now. I do not make Good Life Choices, but I enjoy them.
4 years ago
I do want to do all of the things!!
4 years ago
"Never above you, never below you, always beside you." I honestly do not believe in the idea that ENFPs do not belong in the military. It may be true in some cases but I have a deeper love for the military life because I believe it's a great place for us ENFPs to grow. Joining will allow you to explore your strengths, push you to do something not everyone in the world has a chance to do and really encourage you to become a bigger and better person; something I don't see in other professions. Plus you'll more than likely get to venture the world, interact with people you never would have, learn about cultures and how they work. I too struggled with choosing a career path because I loved everything and anything that really interested me. After discovering the military, I feel like the military was far beyond anything I could have ever imagined because it was something out of the ordinary, far from the usual. If not for joining such an amazing group of professionals, I would never have been able to test my true capabilities and play a part in making a difference in this world in someway or form. After I retire from the military I plan on working for America's finest and hopefully end up working a federal job until my last days. Lastly, there's a simple quote I would like to share which I continually live by and has helped me get through many struggles I dealt with regarding my future so hopefully many of you could use it to guide your inspiration. "One day your life will flash before your eyes... Do something worth watching."
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