ISFP Careers

When it comes to the career world, ISFPs need more than just a job. Wealth, power, structure, advancement and security are all lesser goals to ISFP personalities’ greatest need: creative freedom. ISFPs crave a tangible outlet for their imagination, a chance to express themselves artistically.

Those placing their emphasis on predictability and long-term planning find that attempts to push those views on ISFPs are about as effective as forcing open flames to point downwards.
ISFP careers

People with the ISFP personality type are passionate experimenters, and whether they’re aware of it or not, they are renowned trendsetters. With their unique perspective and simple desire to be themselves, ISFPs are natural artists, musicians and photographers, as well as designers of all stripes. Setting up shop on websites like Etsy is far more alluring to ISFPs than the confines of 9-5 administrative work in some fluorescent cubicle.

Don’t Work at Being Ordinary

ISFPs loathe sitting idle in colorless, unchanging environments. They are free souls and need flexibility, opportunities for improvisation, and immersive work that engages every sense. If they combine these needs with their competitive nature, ISFP personalities make great solo athletes. ISFPs prefer to live in the moment, believing the here and now is what matters most.

This quality does have the drawback of sometimes making ISFPs reckless and shortsighted, though those pitfalls aren’t set in stone. An emphasis on practical, tangible things, objects that can be seen and touched, comes at the cost of ignoring less tangible ideas. ISFPs often feel that they have little control over processes like retirement planning – they can’t predict the future, so it does no good to worry about it now.

Life’s too Short for Us to Bore Ourselves

This mindset can hold them back from many of their ideal careers, such as psychology, counseling and teaching, which require long-term planning and often extensive certifications to get started. It takes a great deal of energy for ISFPs to maintain focus on a single goal like that for so long, but it can make the day-to-day so much more rewarding for the rest of their lives.

An easier route revolves around freelance and consulting work in just about any industry that ISFPs enjoy. Whether organizing charity events, working with hospitals to make patients’ stays more pleasant, or laying stone to help make a house a home, ISFPs always seem to find a way to make the world a little more beautiful and exciting, and to make a living in the process.

3 years ago
Wow this is totally me especially in the weaknesses section
3 years ago
this is very helpful for me to understand the world and me. thank you whoever you are cause you are helpful!!!!! no one use to understand me and I started not understanding myself too but life could change for me so I found this awesome website that help me understand my personalities
3 years ago
I was born with a talent to draw and recreate my enviornment around me at me discretion. It is without a dought so easy to me it is like breathing. (And from my perspective I am flabbergasted/or can't understand that people do not have/developed these same natural abilities). Its like they were/are all learning disabled to me. However, I'm the one the school called LD (never took the riddlen though). Fastforward 5-10yrs. I excelled incredibly in sports as well, which ended up being a backlash to my ISFP personality (but I figured it out after being a 2xallamerican wrestler in college). I got barried in the jawk world (disapline, intensity, and structure of Simpltoness). But my eye for the Asthetic saved me and my life. And I beleieve Asthetic rythms with Athletic for a reason. I am so relieved that I found drawing again and have evolved into a professional painter (self taught in the spirit of the ISFP). Yes, I get paid for it believe it or not (parents who guide their children away from art on purpose due conceptions about $$$). I am bilingual en espanol y engles tambien. I take great pride in being an ISFP. My self esteem and self worth can use some work, but now that I broke through the wall. All of this is clearer now. Living with purpose again. Thank you personality gu-roos. you set me free :-)
3 years ago
So True. I find that I am capable of working in a structured environment but I do not necessarily enjoy it.
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