For the INTP, choosing a career is not as simple as looking for the highest salary or the strongest job market. Because you are an independent, creative thinker you need work that will allow you to theorize, innovate, and problem-solve (preferably on your own). Stuck in a job that's too process-driven, detailed, or menial, you can quickly become listless and unmotivated, and perform poorly.
So how do INTPs navigate the rough and rocky road of job hunting? Start by asking these four questions to help you figure out where your ideal job prospects lie.
While all educators are susceptible to burnout, the introverted teacher is fighting a unique battle. They are willingly immersing themselves in an environment designed to exhaust themselves.
As an introverted teacher, I quickly realized I was in over my head. It wasn’t the teaching itself that really got to me; it was the constant external stimulation that accompanies the world of education. Between busy hallways, loud noises, and bright lights I would, inevitably, be left utterly exhausted by mid-week.
Ah, the open plan office. It's to the 21st century what the cubicle farm was to the 1980s - everywhere. Today's employers are tearing down walls as a business imperative and with them, the barriers to communication and idea flow. Even freelancers are leaving their solitary kitchens and coffee shops. Formal co-working spaces, which offer pay-per-desk access to a community of like-minded individuals, are a mega-trend among the self-employed.
As members of the personality type grouping known as "rationals," NTs are practical and unsentimental folks. Great at solving life's little problems, they are not so great at dealing with people who get sunk into their emotions. NT's are pretty hot on reciprocity, too, and don't appreciate friends who demand more than their fair share of attention. Unsurprisingly, NTs are the type least likely to cope with an excessively needy friend - those who take a mile while giving barely an inch in return.
As an INTP, it can be a struggle to get through college. Deciding on a major when you want to learn a bit about everything can be stressful. Combine that with going to classes that are sometimes stale and uninspiring, and you are likely to see some apathy set in.
Now, I can't tell you there's a quick fix solution to the problem, but I do have some tips for what helped me get through it.
As an INTP your world is nearly entirely based on your finely tuned, logically constructed framework of the world.
You understand how most things work, and you are confident in your abilities. Through trial and error, you have built a real understanding of most things in life.
Unfortunately, at some point in your life you realize, "Hey, I got feelings, and logic isn't helping anymore."
We are constantly told how important social skills are to career success. But what if you don’t have many people skills — and don’t want to acquire any, either? Here’s a look at five stimulating, well-paying jobs where the quality of your work matters more than your ability to schmooze.
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