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What are some good jobs for someone with strong people skills?

I want to work with people but I don't know what careers could best suit my skillset. #social-work #social #skills #people #personal-development

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Kim’s Answer


It is awesome that you are able to recognize your strengths at such a young age!
Strong people skills can open the doors to a wide array of careers.
Starting with the hospitality industry. Guest service reps in hotels, flight attendants or other airport positions, cruise ships; the food service industry, which is a subset of hospitality. Waitresses at high end restaurants make really good money. You could move from any of these positions into supervisor or trainer. Corporate training can also be a lucrative career.

What else?Healthcare, law enforcement, social services, teaching, coaching, physical therapy, veterinarian, personnel recruiter, etc.

It appears you have an interest in entertaining. That will also be good, or, you could keep that as a side job while working in another career-field.

The true art of having people skills is the ability to listen more than you speak, and to understand what is being said.

I suggest identifying what other sort of things interest you. For example, if you are not into math and science, healthcare might not be at the forefront of your career choices. If you are adamantly opposed to working a midnight shift, or want your weekends off, law enforcement is probably out. Keep looking for what else interest you, as just about every field out there has some aspect of it where a person with good people skills would fit in!

best of luck!


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Alexandra’s Answer

I agree with Terence and Kim, it is fantastic that you recognize your skills at such a early stage of your life. Corporate training is definitely an interesting route to go down, as is Sales or PR or Corporate/Integrated Communications, Social work or even something like Event Planning. You will find that this skill will take you far in your career whatever you decide on. Strong people skills and emotional intelligence are two of the most beneficial skills you can have in any job or career. Good luck!

Alexandra recommends the following next steps:

Try reading one of the following books: ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie, ‘Emotional Intelligence’ by Daniel Goleman, ‘Dare to Lead’ by Brené Brown or Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder Book by Arianna Huffington

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Wael’s Answer

Anything in marketing and sales would be great. Social media marketing is a big thing now. Check it out.

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Alyssa’s Answer

Michaela I'd ask your school counselor if they have an interest inventory that they recommend. If they don't have one Minnesota State offers this survey. https://www.careerwise.mnscu.edu/careers/clusterSurvey It seem to have some pretty good information if you click through the results.

There are tons of jobs for people who are good at interacting with others, teaching, healthcare, business, human services, hospitality and tourism management, law enforcement, marketing, sales, agribusiness, communication, human resources, journalism, or government and public admin. Those are just some general fields and their are lots more. So, if you have an idea of what you're interested in I'd be happy to think of some jobs related to it! I wish you the best in your career search!

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Terence’s Answer

Great start! Beyond people skills, what do you enjoy doing? Also, what specifically would you describe as your "people skills"? Is it working with others, understanding others? Speaking with people? Or speaking in front of people? I would recommend combining it with other aspects - your skills, what your intellectual interests are, and your personality.

Finding a way to mix what you're passionate about, your professional interests, and your skills is a great way to build your career path.