Ever wondered if you’re on the right path in your career?
Is your current job one you’ve been always comfortable doing?
As a career coach, some of the most common questions I get from clients deal with figuring out what the right career is for them. It’s something we all yearn for, to be in the line of work best suited to our personalities, so we can be as happy and productive as possible.
If you’ve ever asked yourself what job is best for my personality, you’ve come to the right place!
First, let’s break down the three common overarching personality traits, so we can then break down what career might be best based on where you fit.
If you’re an introvert, you tend to feel more comfortable by yourself and with your inner thoughts. You enjoy spending time with a few people rather than a large crowd.
Introverts use a different type of neurotransmitter called acetylcholine — one of the most abundant neurotransmitters in our body that makes us feel good when we turn inward. It powers our capacity to reflect, think profoundly, and concentrate on one thing for a long period of time.
Common personality traits of an introvert:
- Prefers writing to talking
- Has fewer friends and smaller social circles
- Prefers to work independently
- Enjoys spending time alone
As an introvert, you are often seen as reserved, quiet, and/or distant. While you’d rather spend your leisure days reading a book in peace rather than bustling around a crowded office, don’t worry — being an introvert doesn’t have to limit your career options. There is a huge amount of professions that don’t require going out or socializing with other people. You can even thrive more in certain occupations and work environments that require more introspection and solitude.
Some of the professions best for you are:
- Writer. As an introvert, you probably feel more comfortable writing down your thoughts rather than blurting them out publicly. Writing jobs are one of the many callings you’d be perfect for. You love the idea of words doing the talking for you, so why not make it a profession and earn from it?
- Social Media Manager. Curating social media content can be a great job for an introvert. It allows you to let out your creativity, and since you most likely have well-rounded thoughts and a keen eye for details, you’d thrive at social media management.
- Librarian. The quiet and calm of a library could be the perfect escape for any introvert. You probably feel comfortable in quiet, solitary places, and libraries tend to attract introverts given how serene they are. A study found that almost two-thirds of librarians who took the Myers-Briggs personality test fell into the introverted section.
- Psychologist or Psychiatrist. While this may mean you’re going to be interacting with different people (clients/patients), this job requires a great deal of empathy and the ability to listen — traits that introverts tend to possess.
- Artist. Here’s another profession where you can let your work do the talking for you. Artists tend to express their thoughts and feelings through their art, hence making it one of the best jobs for introverts. Not only do you get to create aesthetically pleasing pieces but you can also earn some great money by taking paid commissions.
Apart from those I just mentioned, there are also some other extremely high-paying jobs you might want to consider if you have the confidence and skills for them,such as careers in engineering, science, and architecture.
Extroverts are often considered “the life of the party”. You’re outgoing and seem to love mingling with other people — the total opposite of introverts.
Unlike introverts, extroverts gain energy from being around other people, meaning you feel recharged after socializing.
Common personality traits of an extrovert:
- Loves to talk
- Enjoys socializing with other people
- Friendly and approachable
- Has many circles of friends
- Outgoing and optimistic
As an extrovert, you probably prefer to work in an environment where you get to mingle with other people and be out there in the world. You also have the benefit of strong leadership skills, adaptability, and motivation.
If you’re a self-prescribed “people person,” here are some jobs you might want to consider:
- Event Planner. Your primary duty here is to organize different events, requiring a ton of working with other people to make sure you execute the plan flawlessly. You get to outsource for venues and seek other people’s services like caterings, lightings, and beverages. It’s definitely a fun occupation for extroverts, where you can really let your sociability and leadership skills shine.
- Sales Representative. If you’re in sales, your primary role is to sell your company’s services. In order to do that, you will have to engage and negotiate with many different clients. Perfect for a talkative, outgoing extrovert!
- Teacher. Being an educator is a diverse profession that extroverts would be perfect for. Your primary role is to take charge, motivate, and talk in front of students. That last activity alone can spark any extroverted soul. Your ability to motivate other people, socialize with them, and speak without hesitation will make you a great educator.
- Coach. As life coaches, we come close to therapists in the sense that we get to meet various people with different personalities and different predicaments every single day. Our goal is to help our clients assess their emotions, help them feel better, and guide them in making their life choices. That’s definitely work an extrovert can excel at. It’s not an easy occupation, but as a career coach myself, I know how incredibly fulfilling it can be.
Other occupations best for extroverts are Financial Advisor, Speech Pathologist, and Registered Nurse. Extroverts don’t seem to run out of options when it comes to careers. You just have to get your priorities right and focus on what matters most.
Okay, so you’ve gotten this far, and you feel a little stuck. Maybe some of those introverted traits called to you, but then you also resonated with being an extrovert. Where does that leave you?
It’s simply: You’re probably an ambivert. It’s the most commonly ignored trait, and often goes unnoticed after the more well-known introvert and extrovert.
An ambivert is someone with a mix of being both introverted and extroverted. You can easily switch between the two depending on your mood, place, and outstanding circumstances. Oftentimes, ambiverts are referred to as “outgoing introverts” or “antisocial extroverts.” Simply put, you’re just a little bit of both.
Personality traits of an ambivert:
- Enjoys socializing for a limited amount of time
- Can be outgoing, depending on the context
- Enjoys other people’s company, but also needs alone time
- Reserved in certain situations
- Thinks before speaking
Since you’re a little bit of both an introvert and an extrovert, it may seem difficult to choose the right career. Here are some fields you may want to consider:
- Teacher. This occupation is probably the best job for an ambivert. While you will be exposed to a room full of students, you will get the alone time you crave when you’re grading papers and planning lessons. This way, you wouldn’t get too suffocated, but will still get to be social.
- Salesperson. Studies show that ambiverts make the best salespeople, not extroverts as you might think. Your extroverted traits let you feel at ease around new people, while your introverted traits let you balance talking with active listening, making you perfect for sales.
- Virtual Assistant. Yet another job that will enable ambiverts to utilize both extroverted and introverted qualities. Being a virtual assistant, you will get to interact with a lot of other people, but you can do so from the comfort of your home. It’s the ideal profession for ambiverts who enjoy the solitude of their home without being too distant from the world altogether.
Other professions that ambiverts can take on are as actors, psychologists, nurses, criminal investigators, and more.
If you’re still not satisfied with what I’ve listed up there, don’t worry! Choosing a career is a nuanced thing. Try taking my free quiz to help you figure out what career path is best fit for you.
Discovering what’s best for you and your career is a gratifying feeling, but is also tricky. You have to keep a balance between accepting and knowing who you are and what skills you have, and knowing what you want and how to utilize those skills. Hopefully these tips will set you on the right path to figuring out what job is best for your personality.