There are people who do well in their chosen fields and feel content with the mundane activities of a 9-5 job while there are those who still look for their career niches and hop from one job to the other. Others prefer to work in a team and are open to new challenges while there are people who perform better at their jobs alone and are not keen on learning new things. How they feel about their jobs largely depend on personality types. And although those who are unaware often relate this to simply being introvert or extrovert, there are actually 16 personality types and each person has either one. Knowing one’s personality type can be a big boost to a new career and a life with a clean slate.
What Makes An INFP?
INFP (introversion, intuition, feeling, perception) is one type that consists 5% of the population. An INFP individual is someone who is passionate in what he or she does and is idealistic. He or she is highly creative, spiritual and creative, with the need to find meaning and higher value in what he or she does.
Careers for this type of person can be in the field of writing, music, psychology, human resource and graphic design, to name a few. And while there are a number of jobs ideal for someone who is passionate and often relies on intuition, an INFP individual belongs to one of the rarest personality type. Along with these traits, weaknesses include low assertiveness, sensitivity and poor organizational skills. With all these combined, there are certain career choices that are not suitable for this type of person.
Seeing the value in something is important to this individual. Although offering a product or service can be done, having to sell something this person does not believe in or find one of lesser value can present itself as a problem. With some companies, if not all, focused to make sales despite the quality of what they sell, it will be quite challenging for an INFP to work in the merchandising industry and be with an organization that exists for profit.
Being a passionate person who is also emphatic, an INFP individual can be a good nurse, in the sense that he or she feels good taking care of people and their well-being. However, if he or she ends being a physician or surgeon who is more likely less emphatic in curing the sick or performing a delicate procedure, this is a different story. There will be no fulfillment for an INFP to be in a field where he or she has to be more callous not to let emotions take over reasoning or logic.
3. Business Process Outsourcing
An INFP, being poor when it comes to criticisms, will not be motivated to work as a customer care representative, where he or she has to attend to calls that can reach more than a hundred per shift. On top of this, clients are mostly irate and have plenty of issues that need to be addressed. And although this type of work can be a one-on-one interaction, it will be with different kinds of people, something that can be too daunting a task.
4. Banking or Finance
As a person who prefers to work alone and not interact with people most of the time, working in a financial institution where one has to talk to clients face to face or on the phone can make an INFP unhappy. This is a job that an INFP tend to avoid since having to use logic and facts to perform duties and not really practice empathy will not bring out the best in him or her.
It is common for a person with INFP personality to believe in self-expression and have creativity. If the business is about selling his creations, this might just work. However, if it is more on enterprising and making money, being an entrepreneur is not the cup of tea for an INFP. It is because money is not a priority for this individual but value.
Teaching might not be a good idea for an INTP. This is because in this type of job, one has to interact with different types of people. Moreover, he or she has to assess and judge others in order to perform the responsibilities of being an educator. All this work can be a burden and even drain a person with this type of personality.
INFPS are passionate and can be good advocates when it comes to fighting for rights and causes that can help the majority. They can also be outspoken about their principles most of the time, traits that others might think can be great in lawyers. The conflict here, though is that to become a lawyer, one has to deal with years of studying different laws, some of which he or she may find contempt in.
Also, as a lawyer, one can be forced to go against his or her own principles in order to win a case. For an INTP, the need to have moral flexibility to a certain degree and sometimes the decision to sell ethics and principles, for a lawyer, do not make him comfortable.
8. Law Enforcement
An INFP gets motivate with having to follow strict rules and somehow a regular schedule. This is a person who pushes based on beliefs and principles. Working with the law enforcement agency is fine if all the laws that need to be implemented complement the principles or are agreeable the INFP. Unfortunately, the spontaneity of this type of job and the erratic shifting as well as enforcement of laws that might seem off with this person can make this career path unlikely the road to success, much less satisfaction.
Finding the perfect career can be hard and frustrating at times but if one knows his personality type and who he is, intrinsically, he or she can take the road that will bring him satisfaction and success. And while knowing which jobs match an INFP’s traits, it is utterly important to be aware of what career types need to be avoided, early on. Taking note of the list above-mentioned can guide an INFP to choose the ideal path to trek to thrive in one’s career and life.