I'm a senior in High School, and still trying to figure out what I mjght want to do in the future, and what I should major in for college. My question is, how did you other INFP's figure out what you wanted to do as a career? I know it's most difficult for our personality type to commit to a career. Did something just click, or how did you discover that passion for what you wanted to do? And job you would recommend I look into?

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Em (not verified) says...

For me I always wanted to help people, and the most direct way to do that I could think of was by being a doctor. However, when I began to get more work experience, I realised being a doctor wasn't for me. It's not that I didn't want to help people, more that I realised I would never be truly happy being the one who had to deliver terrible news and that every patient I wasn't able to save would wreck me. I still stuck to a medical career and now I work as a biomedical scientist in a biochemistry departmnt in a hospital. I'm still helping people every day by assisting the doctors with blood tests and results, but I can do it in an environment with co-workers who are more like family than colleauges. Even though I might not be the one actually bandaging the wounds, I'm still helping people every day in my own way, and that is way more rewarding than anything I can think of. 

So my advice to you: ask yourself this question: if there was only one thing you could achieve before you died, what would you want it to be? My answer was that I wanted to leave this world a better place than I had found it. Then you ask yourself, how can I best go about doing that? It takes some soul searching, but you'll find the answer. And don't worry if it doesn't come to you right away. I was in my last year of university when I realised being a doctor wasn't the right path for me. You're probably fed up of hearing it, but from one young person to another, everyday is a chance to grow and learn more about yourself. Enjoy the journey and really get to know yourself and what you want from life along the way. You don't have to have it all figured out before you graduate high school or even university. One of the things I'm coming to realise as I get older is that no one truly has it all figured out, that's part of the fun of being alive. Best of luck with your senior year and best of luck in the future. =)

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you so much Em :) this is super helpful, best of luck to you too!

WM. G. (not verified) says...

Hey....   for a few bucks sit across from a psychologist and be tested for career choices.. it really validated who I was when I did it, and in hind site it was the best thing I did prior to leaning towards doing some type of work... btw, I'm now a clinical social worker..lots of autonomy, helping folks who want to be helped, and being able to express myself without the confines imposed by the corporate world... peace

Michael W (not verified) says...

Keep in mind you can change careers as time goes by. Seeing someone for career counseling is a good idea as stated. Life is more fun with the ability to try something and then change to something else as time goes by. I'm nearly 40 and have been involved in medical missions overseas, taught community colllege, worked in laboratories in San Francisco and now am pursuing my dream to be a clinical psychologist. Black and white photography is a hobby of mine. 

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