I'm 35 years old and having trouble finding a career that will suit my personality type. I do not see myself working in one field, but working in many. Is there such a career?

You May Be an Introvert or an Extravert

You are an Intuitive

You May Be a Feeler or a Thinker

You Are a Perceiver

I have notebooks full of ideas but cannot get them from pen to reality. I don't do well with classrooms, studying and exams. I am hands on and find solutions to problems without books. I feel I can find a solution with minimal resources. I love people, but cannot be in amongst them for long periods. I am afraid of pursuing one career field to find I am bored of it and want to jump to another. I feel I would benefit any type of company based on my innovative imagination and creativity. I love learning anything from anywhere. I don't have some extensive resume of past work, just a mind that is hyper active with thoughts, ideas and questions.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!



Anonymous INFP (not verified) says...

Wow, I feel like I could have written this post!

One thing you could look into is fields that offer internships and on-the-job training. That way, you wouldn't be investing time and money into a degree you may change your mind on.

You said you like solving problems, being around people for short periods of time, and generating ideas. Something that I think may be worth looking into is working at a nonprofit. They usually have fewer employees than for-profit companies, so those that do work there wear many hats. Another bonus is that you can work for an organization whose values/work allign with a cause or interest you are passionate about.

A nonprofit or charity organization would probably be happy to to have you intern or volunteer with them, and this could give you a better idea of different types of work. Researching and thinking about possibilities will only get you so far because nothing compares to experience. I used to want to be a psychologist. I ended up majoring in English and interning at a social services organization for marketing. Just being there clarified for me that I made the right choice in not pursuing psychology. It's an amazing and interesting field, but after witnessing what it was like for psychology interns, I know it wasn't for me and I feel better about closing the door on that possibility.

Another thing to consider is content marketing (not the sales side of marketing). That could involve a variety of work, including design, writing, video production, even event planning. Marketing is a creative field that always needs idea-generators, so your problem-solving skills could be very useful. If you work on the content or media side of it, you would probably have a balance between social and alone time at work.

Unfortunately, the problem with having interests in everything is that you can't do everything (as a career). If you pick one thing for a career, you can feel better by persuing your other interests as hobbies. Your career isn't your whole life, just a part of it.

I hope this helps!

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