3 Reasons Why Most People Can’t Think of Good INFJ Careers for You

What Every INFJ Needs to Keep In Mind When Looking for a Great Job

One of the biggest challenges for an INFJ is finding a satisfying career.

We’re not content to do just any work. We want to do work that we’re passionate about and that makes a difference in the world.

It doesn’t help that suitable INFJ careers are hard to come by. The world doesn’t have our gifts in mind when it creates job write ups, which is no surprise, considering we’re the rarest personality type.

While well-meaning people will try to give you helpful advice, most of the time their advice ends up being more harmful than it is helpful, especially for INFJs who don’t know themselves well yet.

This begs the question: Why do most people have a hard time thinking of good INFJ careers for you? Let’s look at three reasons.

Why do people suggest bad INFJ careers for you? What should you look out for when you're looking for a suitable job? Read this article to find out!

In the reasons below, I discuss the four functions, or mindsets, that make up your INFJ personality. If you’re not familiar with the functions and would like to learn about them, or you just want to learn more about your INFJ personality, you can grab a free copy of my eBook, The INFJ Personality Guide, by clicking here.

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3 Reasons People Suggest Poor INFJ Careers

Reason #1: People give you advice based on what they see.

The first thing people will probably notice about you is that you are a friendly, considerate people person. You’re tuned into people’s thoughts and feelings, and you strive for group harmony. This is your extroverted feeling (Fe) at work. It’s the strength you show the world.

As a result, people may say you’d make a good teacher, director, or manager of people. While INFJs do enjoy these careers somewhat, more often than not, the jobs end up draining them because they require frequent conversation and supervision. People miss the fact that you enjoy working alone or with a few other people for long stretches each day.

Reason #2: People expect you to enjoy maintenance tasks.

Much of life is comprised of maintenance tasks such as shopping for food, cooking, doing the dishes, and cleaning. Your car needs regular oil changes and to have its tires rotated. At work, there are documents that need to be kept up for legal reasons, rules to be followed, and procedures to be carried out. This kind of work is routine and recurring, and it requires little creativity or imagination.

Because the majority of people are sensors and enjoy – or can stomach – this kind of work, they assume that you will too. They point you in the direction of jobs that require hands-on, routine work without knowing that this kind of labor is the bane of your existence.

Extroverted sensing (Se) is your inferior function, and hands-on, maintenance work is your Achilles heel. It certainly is for me. When I’m driving, I often get so lost in thought that I miss my exit. I’m not tuned into what’s around me. Other times, I think so deeply that I forget I even have a body.

Reason #3: They overlook your greatest strength.

People overlook your greatest strength for several reasons.

First, your greatest strength is hidden from view because you’re an introvert. People have to get to know you to see what you’re capable of. They have to watch you closely and develop a relationship with you before you’ll share your visions, insights, ideas, and creations. There are people in my life who have known me for years that are just now starting to understand my INFJ gifts.

Second, introverted intuition (Ni), your primary mindset, is the rarest function. Most people either aren’t familiar with it or don’t understand how it works.

Finally, because your dominant function (Ni) is so rare, people devalue and dismiss it. They have no idea how important it is.

What INFJ careers excite you?

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  • Melissa

    I found it so difficult to find a satisfying job, let alone a career! But when I had children, I was fortunate to become a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) and eventually begin homeschooling them as well. INFJ’s deeply know and understand their children, so we naturally invest whatever each individual child needs during their years at home. (Hopefully getting some nice quiet times to recharge, of course!) SAHMs also have the flexibility to spend precious physical and emotional energy on causes that are meaningful and worthwhile to us, and then take “seasons” of recharging if needed. I love my job!

    • Melissa, it sounds like you found a phenomenal and rewarding calling – one that suits you quite well. The INFJ mothers I know are exceptional parents, and I’m sure you are too. I love what you said about knowing and understanding your children and meeting their needs. Those are definite INFJ strengths that will benefit your children. It’s great that you have the flexibility and physical and emotional energy to invest in causes you’re passionate about too!

      Was it hard to make the decision to stay home at first?