INFJ Careers

INFJs are likely to find that most corporate career paths are not designed for them, but for those focused on status and material gain. This doesn’t mean that people with the INFJ personality type struggle to see viable options though. In fact, they are likely to face the opposite problem – many INFJs struggle to begin a career early on because they see ten wildly different paths forward, each with its own intrinsic rewards, alluring but also heartbreaking, because each means abandoning so much else.

Truth, Beauty, Purpose

First and foremost, INFJs need to find meaning in their work, to know that they are helping and connecting with people – an INFJ Ferrari salesperson is a non-sequitur. This desire to help and connect makes careers in healthcare, especially the more holistic varieties, very rewarding for INFJs – roles as counselors, psychologists, doctors, life coaches and spiritual guides are all attractive options.

INFJ careers

INFJs’ needs don’t end at meaning though – any productive work can be rationalized to be meaningful, as any productive work helps someone, somewhere. INFJs crave creativity too, the ability to use their insight to connect events and situations, effecting real change in others’ lives personally.

For INFJs, money and Employee of the Month simply won’t cut it compared to living their values and principles.

Two Roads Diverged in a Yellowed Wood

These needs are hard to meet in a corporate structure, where INFJs will be forced to manage someone else’s policies alongside their own. For this reason, people with the INFJ personality type are more likely to, despite their aversion to controlling others, establish their independence by either finding a leadership position, or simply starting their own practice. As independents, sole proprietors in the parlance of business, INFJs are free to follow their hearts, applying their personal touch, creativity and altruism to everything they do.

This is the most rewarding option for INFJs, as they will step out of the overly humble supporting and noncompetitive roles they are often drawn to, and into positions where they can grow and make a difference. INFJs often pursue expressive careers such as writing, elegant communicators that they are, and author many popular blogs, stories and screenplays. Music, photography, design and art are viable options too, and they all can focus on deeper themes of personal growth, morality and spirituality.

Where INFJs fall flat is in work focusing on impersonal concerns, mundanity, and high-profile conflict. Accounting and auditing, data analysis and routine work will leave people with the INFJ personality type fidgety and unfulfilled, and they will simply wilt under the scrutiny, criticism and pressure of courtroom prosecution and defense, corporate politics and cold-call sales. INFJs are clever, and can function in any of these fields, but to be truly happy, they need to be able to exercise their insightfulness and independence, learn and grow alongside the people they are helping, and contribute to the well-being of humanity on a personal level.

wishmeluck
3 years ago
Been strugling for my career path for a year now. Can't really decide what to do with my life. Most of the stuff here are true : Need to have a meaning and the need to know that my work will help and connect with people. I have a strong interest in art and pschology but I took engineering when I was in college because there's simply no future in art/psychology in my country. Seems like having a great network, to have a great marketing/sales skill, or be in a multinational corporate is the way out to make a better living in my situation. Tried corporate path for 3 years after I graduate, had a great position but I quit because I didn't feel that I belong in the corporate world. My family and friends think it's a stupid decision to quit but I can't lie to myself. The nature of office politics was very disturbing to me and I had no grit to stay. I bought a camera and learned photography myself and now I'm a freelance photographer for 5 years and got myself working for lifestyle magazines. I can't lie that I need to earn money and this is where the money brought me: a high lifestyle materialistic society. This makes me sick and once again I'm lost...
Gaurkud
3 years ago
I was simply awe-struck and almost in tears at the veracity of the INFJ's career conundrum. It was like a psychic telling my story. I am a Commerce graduate and an MBA in Finance, having bagged gold medals in both, yet have the least interest in those fields. I completed my education 4 years ago, but am still looking out for the correct job.
Anonymous
2 years ago
I am in the career conundrum as we speak. Was a public accountant for a few years, now considering wildly different career paths including pursuing an MBA (most likely in finance), working for a private company, entrepreneurship, professional poker player, or some combination thereof. I am motivated by money, challenges and helping people. If I can find a situation where I can do all three, that would be ideal. Any advice for a career switch or making career decisions early on (it is tough as the article suggests!)? I will have no problem committing once I figure it out.
Cole
3 years ago
It's so good to know others feel the same. I'm 43 and still haven't decided. Back and forth from nursing care work to writing (volunteer so far). I hate not being consistent. But i have to force myself to focus. I'm now planning to go back to complete a nursing course and do writing as a hobby. But i still find myself searching for other jobs and courses on the internet!
Raesh
3 years ago
Well, it's quite true. I was into art and advertising at first, working as an Art Director to help people. Then it's far from "Helping People". After that I tried the worst job that I ever experienced, an Account Executive at TV media. It was a hard time to work with audit, sales targets and handling annoying clients. I have to put on mask every time, everyday. After that, I tried to work in another creative industry, TV On Air Promotion. Doing things that everyone told me to do, even I don't like it and coming back at weekend for doing small stuff it's makes me suffer. I'm moving to another one this year. I hope Public Relation job will suit me better.
MarieS
3 years ago
I have taken the personality test a while ago and it has helped me to see that I am not that wierd or alone anymore. I come to this page from time to time to remind myself that I have to stay true to myself. The bonus is that I feel like I have my personal online support group by reading all the comments here.
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