INFJs are happiest with a job that enables them to bring their worldview. If INFJs are able to identify with their company’s goals, they will be able to outgrow themselves and be prepared to do more than pay for them. The main trap that unfortunately many young INFJs fall into at the beginning of their careers is the desire to make others right . INFJs are among the rarest types. However, they escape quickly because they are generally socially adjusted and inconspicuous.
This unsuspected external appearance is about 180 ° in contradiction to their special worldview and their consequent unconventional character.
Because they enjoy pleasing other people, many INFJs at the beginning of their working lives tend to overly cater to the needs of employers, customers, and work colleagues. The danger here is that they often spend a lot of time on activities that are much easier for other types, and in which they will never bring it to perfection. Accordingly, self-doubt in such adapted INFJs is on the agenda. The best way out of this trap is to drop the idea that normality is achievable and to look at one’s own needs.
Unfortunately, the mostly unspoken requirements of INFJs for a job are often in stark contrast to the reality of the job market. However, INFJs should not be discouraged. The first step to career success is the admission of your own special needs. INFJs should take their time to become aware of their needs and include them in career choice considerations. Before starting a job, they should carefully examine the extent to which it is possible to tailor working conditions to suit their own needs.
The following demands are usually made by INFJs on their professional activity:
- Work must always be a step in the right direction to fulfill its visions, and for most INFJs, this means that they want to contribute to the common good through their work in order to make other people happy and thereby promote peaceful coexistence ,
- The skin portion of their activity should give them the opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to develop new ideas and perspectives. It is especially motivating for INFJs to use this ability in favor of other people.
- Management should focus on empowering employees and encouraging INFJs to articulate their often very specific view of things and encourage their uniqueness rather than pressuring them to act in accordance with majority.
- INFJs usually take a lot of time and rest to develop their ideas and insights and to bring them out. Especially in the hot phase of a project, it makes sense not to interrupt it with other tasks because they can quickly lose the thread and it is usually a high effort for them to think again into the task.
Therefore, it makes sense for INFJs to be able to withdraw from other people and tasks as needed, to calm their minds off, without being misinterpreted by the sudden retreat.
- INFJs should have interlocutors in the company with whom they can discuss their work results and observations related to their work and who are willing to listen to the concerns of an INFJ in an unbiased manner and to provide honest feedback, free from any other motivations other than achieving the company objective. Especially the INFJ’s tendency to sense and internalize other people’s conflicts makes it difficult for them to work in companies where quarrels and ego games are on the agenda.
INFJs must be aware of their own strengths and make them the main content of their professional activity.
INFJs enjoy the following type-specific strengths:
- You can put yourself in an excellent position for other people and know exactly how other people feel.
- It is easy for them to look at a situation from different perspectives and, in particular, to consider the view of their fellow human beings.
- In this way, they open up new ways that are not obvious to others.
- They like to work creatively and also encourage other people to find new solutions.
- They are often very ambitious in pursuing their visions and ready to reach their limits.
- INFJs often want to understand very well and are therefore thoroughly thorough when familiarizing themselves with a particular area of expertise.
- You have no trouble getting into complicated issues. They require more time than extroverted intuitive, but often come to very profound insights. In addition, they have an extremely high concentration ability, a real plus compared to their extroverted colleagues.
- They enjoy sharing their insights with others, and when they have understood a topic thoroughly, they are often very good at communicating it to others in an easily understandable way.
- They often have excellent language skills that they can best use in writing.
- They are able to passionately represent their visions and communicate that enthusiasm to other people.
- INFJs are interested in harmonious relationships and care for a good atmosphere in the team. They are often referred to as seismographs, which quickly capture the change in mood within the workforce.
- INFJs act responsibly. Although they are not necessarily interested in leadership positions, they feel compelled to intervene on their own if a joint project would otherwise get out of hand.
- They are very persistent and thorough when they are convinced of the value of their work.
Type-related weaknesses of INFJs:
- Problems with the conscious perception of concrete details. INFJs are usually extremely poor at remembering the concrete details of a past event, if they do not attach any emotional value to the facts. A particularly drastic example reports INFJ Scott – owner of the Youtube channel “Introverted Power” (video episode 6th minute 10th s). After a robbery in which he had met the offender in person, he could give the interrogating police officer no information on the color of the offender. This weakness of facts can be damned unpleasant when other people expect specific information. Of course, the weakness of facts also leads to overlooking obvious obstacles that might oppose an idea. Before an INFJ is too sure, he should check again.
- Too idealistic. Because of their commitment to idealism, INFJs tend to offer solutions that they believe are consistent but not practical. INFJs quickly succeed in imagining a perfect idea of the desired result in their minds, the more disappointed they are when the real result falls short of their expectations, and they quickly overlook the time and effort they have to put into implementing their ideas.
- Too little action-oriented. INFJs often spend a lot of time and energy in the cognitive process, forgetting to follow their ideas with action. Sometimes they are looking too far for the perfect solution.
- Harmony Needs. INFJs are so concerned about harmony that they hold back with their honest opinions for fear of tension in the team. Unfortunately, this approach often comes at its own expense.
- Sturdy adherence to inner beliefs. If they are convinced of the correctness of their solution, they can stick to it for a surprisingly long time. At the same time, the boundaries between persistence and stubbornness quickly disappear. They are then rather unwilling to take alternative positions.
- Unflexible with sudden changes. It usually takes a while for INFJs to take action. Once they have committed themselves and the concrete planning phase is reached, they are often not so quick to dissuade their plan and can react quite annoyed to change requests of third parties.
- Too nice. If INFJs reach leadership positions, they may find it difficult to alert their employees to mistakes. In addition, they find it difficult to demand compensation, including reasonable remuneration, for their services.
- Too complicated. INFJs are often full of ideas. It usually takes a while until they are ready for printing and selected. Until this phase occurs, they can sometimes be confusing to their environment in communicating their thoughts.
- Irritated. INFJs spend most of their time meeting the needs of others. Unfortunately, they often forget their human side. When they approach the exhaustion phase or their patience is exhausted, they can appear surprisingly sarcastic and ruthless to others. I also like to call these failures a case-by-case method . In any case, it is advisable to note your own frustration before reaching this low point and to withdraw until the reserves are replenished and the conflicts are dealt with.
Due to their weaknesses and special needs, INFJs should be careful when choosing jobs and vacancies in which:
- Value is placed on routine processes
- Noise and interaction with many people shape the work environment
- the emphasis is placed on accuracy and detail
- the competition is preferred to a harmonious coexistence between the employees
- rational and economic considerations prevail and human concerns are hardly taken into account
Apart from jobs where INFJs can contribute to a better world, they also like to work in the creative field and are often artistically gifted. In addition, INFJs are often inquisitive and interested in understanding the world and helping others with their knowledge.
To account for these different motivations in choosing a career, I have listed the following typical occupations from these areas to show specific preferences of INFJs in choosing a career.
Typical occupations for INFJs with a focus on creativity:
- Visual artist
Occupations with a focus on helping people:
- Psychologist for the most different directions eg developmental psychology, work psychology
- Teachers (Because of their ability to impart knowledge, this profession would be conceivable.) INFJs, however, are often highly sensitive and quickly feel overwhelmed by too many impressions and contacts with other people, and if they feel that way, it may be more appropriate to work in occupations working in a one-to-one interaction rather than as a trainer or teacher
In general, INFJ’s subjects with a humanities reference eg history, languages, German, religion, ethics.
- Coach, Systemic Consultant various areas that bring people in touch with their feelings and problems and offer the opportunity to point the way.
Caution: INFJs often report that they like to help others. However, here they must also take into account their tendency to take the feelings of other people very much to heart. It can be extremely difficult for them to differentiate themselves from the feelings of others, so that they suffer heavily in very bad situations with those affected. For example, it can be difficult for INFJs to work as a family helperexercise. Here they are often confronted with difficult family situations on a daily basis without being able to quickly change the distressing circumstances. In such a situation, INFJs may suffer from burn-out due to their tendency to protect their own limitations. It would be better for INFJs to deal more abstractly with such problems, for example by working in the Ministry of Family Affairs on the development of programs to ensure equal opportunities for children of disadvantaged families.
INFJs that focus on a scientific career are welcome to:
- Neurosciences and sciences that put people first.
Rarely but not unlikely professions in the business world are required, the company policy meets the mentioned needs of INFJs. Conceivable occupations:
- HR development
- Outplacement consultants
- Merchandise Planner
So I hope you got a rough idea. Ultimately, these are just ideas. I’m sure if you remember your strengths as an INFJ, but also as a unique person with your own experiences and needs (yes, your own needs!), You think of a few more.
This list is intended only to provide an insight into the professions and fields of study that often appeal to INFJs with their strengths. It is by no means complete. It is more important to be aware of the conditions of the profession in practice. INFJs must consciously influence the design of their training path, for example through appropriate internships, which allow an early insight into the world of work and specifically search for a job that meets their own requirements.