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    I found out I was an INFJ fairly recently and was hoping for advice regarding careers.
    I love planning, organizing, animals and listening to people, so my top job options were a vet tech, counselor, or event planner.
    The thing is, I have anxiety and don't think I would be allowed to become a vet tech, and am afraid I wouldn't be able to handle the stress of counseling, as well as the fact that I've heard infj's don't do well in psychology type careers, because the rules and professional setting are too rigid for creativity)
    As for event planning, I didn't know if I'd have to be very social on a daily basis, which I wouldn't be able to handle.
    I could really use some advice and job ideas; I'm in my senior year of high school so I really have to hurry.
     
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    Doesn't your school have a counselor? What did he or she say?
     
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    I'm homeschooled, so no.
     
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    I'd recommend asking to shadow other people. Even if you don't know them. It can't hurt to ask and if they turn out to be nice people who are willing to help...chances are they'll level with you about what the job is really like. As a fellow INFJ who was home schooled, I wish my parents had done the same for me. Questioned me and got me thinking until I picked a few potential careers and then really helped me discover what those daily activities and venues were be like.

    You learn a lot about yourself over the years. But I feel like (within reason) it's never to early to start discovering what would be a fun career (that wouldn't feel like work).

    Best of luck!
     
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    So much for a free test. I got a summary of my work personality, but they want to be paid for a complete result. Well, I have realised that the job I wanted to apply for is basically the same I wanted to do before I went to university. Isn't that funny? The only reason I didn't apply back then was my phisical ineptitude, which is worse now than it was 5 years ago :tearsofjoy: Gosh, I'm so self-deceptive :grinning:
     
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    Yes, unfortunately much of these wevsites want $$ for what a little bit od self-research will provide.

    One reason I like the SWOT self-analysis. I use it consistently. Meaning I am aware when facts change in it.
     
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    @Elvalight, props for doing this while you're still in high school. I wavered all through college, wandered into grad school, and now I'm trying to figure out what the heck to do with the degree I thought would help so much. Irony of ironies. I had a great academic record, so I'm hoping that helps me, but otherwise, it didn't narrow things down at all. I'm still wide open to whatever comes my way, fairly clueless as to what I'd actually enjoy or thrive in. And I can no longer afford time out to "shadow" anyone or do more research, so I'm jumping in blind. I guess I'll just have to try things out until I find what works.

    Come to think of it...I really wish I'd just done this to begin with, and skipped the meandering maze of college. It confused me more than enlightened me, proffering more darkness than light in general. There are no substitutes for the school of life.
     
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    What about the old-fashioned way: what do/did you study and what do you like most about it? Basically: what are you good at? Then you can look for possible careers and evaluate each with your values. That is kind of the way I did it.
     
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    English...hard to say now because it got kind of lost in all the theories that turned and twisted what I loved into unrecognizable, vaguely painful shards of meaninglessness...

    I guess the old-fashioned way is becoming harder to follow (at least in certain disciplines, I don't know about yours) because "studying" literature has evolved (or degenerated, depending on your perspective) in new and ever-shifting ways.

    Boy, I sound really negative. lol. I'm just really still trying to emerge from a fearful and panicky place right now.

    But I don't want to hijack this thread, so I'll offer this in parting. I still love what I loved before college, and though I don't think it did me much good personally, the piece of paper I got out of it probably will be respected. Of course, finding decent jobs in that field is another matter.
     
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    If you look on my profile, I study English as well, with Linguistics as my minor. Funny thing, in English I deviated from linguistics and focussed ultimately on English Lit. But I almost never could imagine doing something with my degree. But I won't regret doing it, I learnt too much from it. So, my advice is: take loads of tests, find yourself and what you want; took me half a year to be ready to apply. And I have narrowed it down to two entirely different fields, both coincidentally behind the scenes stuff, only in completely different ways: fiction and reality.

    But it seems you already have an idea of what you want to do. Look for jobs in the field, then decide whether they are decent. There are lots of databases and job centres where you can collect information which may help narrow it down. There is nothing more I can tell you without asking for specifics. Hope it helps.
     
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    Why? Six figures.
     
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    Hey there ! I identify with a lot of the interests you said, and similarly like you next year will be my senior year of high school so I also have to choose.Haha, so I'm going to try to help you. Regarding planning and organizing, if you like finance, a really good job to consider is a market research analyst. You basically plan quite often, considering all the angles, and the best possible option and decision. And there are many similar careers, I'm told in finance, if you would enjoy that. So that is one option. Like an economist. There is quite structured, logical thinking involved, and you could explore your creativity in different, other avenues aside from your job e.g. like in a hobby.
    I've read which careers you've considered. For event planner, I'm not too sure. Me personally, I feel I would not enjoy it because it is quite extroverted (at least that's how it seems) and you need to communicate frequently, and often make small talk (which I absolutely hate). Regarding psychology, I actually think it would be a really good fit for INFJ's and I've read a bit on that. You're passionate about helping and listening to people, which you would do so as a psychologist/ counselor. And you will be able to plan and organize to routine to maximize their recovery. Again, with creativity maybe you won't find that here, but it's quite rare to find a job with all the requirements you look for. And being a psychologist, you can still be happy, and successful and help people while pursuing creative interests in the background (like writing in your spare time or such).

    Have you considered being a wildlife biologist if you are interested in animals? As a child, I used to attend GreenPeace protests and can sympathize with you wanting to have a career involving animals. Have you considered an environmental consultant ? Regarding being a vet, I also have anxiety, but I think it would really not help you in giving medicine and helping animals physically. If you are able to lessen your anxiety (which also helps with life in general) then I think you would enjoy this job. But for now, being a doctor similarly you cannot be anxious as it's kind of a person/ animal's life at stake. I might be horribly wrong, but this is how I view it.

    If it helps, I personally want to pursue majors in journalism and psychology. And hopefully being able to be a journalist for successive years before continuing, or retiring to a masters and phD in psych and becoming a clinical/neuropsychologist. Don't view the decision of your major as fatal and that by setting upon this path, you'll stick to one job for the rest of life, you'll get married, you'll have kids, and you'll die. Life is so unpredictable, and wonderful and weird. And there are so many possibilities, especially with your many interests. You might end up change careers drastically. Or you might end up specializing in a field you began with. Stay true to yourself and your interests. And to choose to be happy at all costs. It's easy to want to be a lawyer for the fame or respect for example, or any career similar, but if you don't love it. And enjoy it. I believe you will never be happy and never be able to do justice to it and for yourself. As INFJ's we tend to follow themes of saving the world and view it as highly important. While I encourage you to listen to your heart, I encourage you to also listen to yourself. Is there anything you've always wanted to become/follow but in your fear of your parents or your peers or society really, that you held back from?
     
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    What?

    Stop.

    This culturally inundated norm that kids need to have everything figured out at 17 years old is absolutely ridiculous. You need to slow down. It would be much wiser for you to take a year - or several - to live life, experience things, challenge yourself, and grow, before you are certain that you want to charge head on into thousands of dollars of debt, to which you, if you're not spoiled by rich parents, will be held financially accountable for.

    I'm almost 29, and I'm only just now narrowing down my career path and planning school. Things take time, don't rush. Take note.
     
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    This is very good insight!
     
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