Are you in the wrong career for an INFJ?


When I was a 7th grader, I joined the yearbook staff at my school. A big part of this job was being a photographer for the school's clubs and various groups. Since I'm of a...ahem...certain age...the camera I had available to me was a manual film camera. You know, like the kind where you load actual film into the camera, properly set the exposure, then develop the film? This is where I fell in love with photography. I began subscribing to photography magazines. I saved my babysitting money and bought a Pentax K-1000 camera through a layaway program. Ha. I then decided I must become a photographer. I was obsessed.

That's the way we INFJs tend to do things. We're either all in, or not at all. When we find something (or someone) we love, we give it 110%.

We also crave meaning in everything we do. Every INFJ I've ever met has a strong desire to make a difference. It's part of who you are. What it means to "make a difference" will vary from INFJ to INFJ, of course. It doesn't always mean ending world hunger. That's a good one, though.

It's extremely important for us INFJs to be in jobs and careers where we feel like we're making a difference in some way. It's critical to your wellbeing to do work, or at least have a side job or hobby, where you feel like you're having an impact.

Have you ever had a soul-crushing job where you felt like you weren't having an impact?

So, how do you find this illusive career? You may have already heard that INFJs are often well-suited to "helping" careers. The best job for you, though, is one that's in alignment with your values and core desired feelings. That could cover a range of careers.

How do you know if you're currently in the wrong career?

There's no checklist for this, but there are a few indications that you're in the wrong career. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • How do you feel waking up each morning?

  • How interested are you in going to work on a regular basis?

  • How much acknowledgment and appreciation do you receive for the work you're doing?

  • How much autonomy do you have?

  • How much do you agree with what the company or organization does?

In an interview I did for Bo Miller at The INFJ Personality Show, I talk about my career path and how I arrived at coaching INFJ women. You can listen here. Bo has a special gift for subscribers to The INFJ Life, so take a look at the end of this email for that awesome gift.

The key to starting my own business was the desire to be in control of the impact I could have. If I work for myself, I'm the only limiting factor. It took a lot of self-love and acceptance work for me to get to a place where I even felt confident heading out on my own.

As a coach, my work centers on helping you love and understand yourself so you can live your purpose. It's the journey I've been on, and I want the same thing for you, too.

What about you? Do you struggle being happy in your career or work? Or are you completely satisfied? What questions do you have? If you'd like, comment below and let me know what you think.

Take care, my friend. You are worth a whole lot!