What jobs are the best for introverts?
I am a person who works best alone, as I can get pretty nervous when interacting with others. I wanted to know what careers are best for those who don't work well with others. I am thinking something within STEM or something that has to do with art. #art #science #career #math #personality #personality-type #soft-skills
As an innately introverted person myself, I can empathize. I agree with many of the advice that's already been noted in this thread. I don't think there are many jobs or careers that allow you to be completely disassociated from everyone else. I suppose there are some but to be honest, I don't think this is what you're talking about when you're asking about careers in fields that are better suited for introverts.
As noted, the current trend towards work from home will allow you to avoid "small talk" or the forced socializing aspect of being in the office (an introvert's nightmare). But even if that were not true, you'd be surprised at how easy it is to be "left alone" or to be given sufficient space so that you can interact with others on your timeline and at your comfort level. Not all corporate jobs -- or any job for that matter -- force you to do public speaking, presentations, or large collaborations. If you study, train, and hone your skills so that you are good at what you do, you can dictate the terms of those interactions. So there's that. But also, even as you're learning or moving up the company/org/school/etc., you'll realize that you'll be interacting with fellow professionals that share your interests and expertise -- and you might actually enjoy interacting with them. Moreover, these interactions will most likely be in small settings -- 1 on 1, small groups, among like minded professionals, etc. -- so even the most introverted can be comfortable.
In terms of professions, I think many fields can satisfy the scenarios I lay out above. A few obvious hitters -- programming, data analytics, research (legal, medical, financial, history... basically anything), finance, accounting, law, etc. -- but some you may not expect -- architecture, design, project management, electrician/plumber/welder, mechanic, writer, etc. To be honest, any and all fields need a balance of introverts and extroverts, cerebral and action oriented team members, risk averse and risk taking personalities, etc. In other words, you can fit in anywhere and do your part. I would advise against pigeonholing yourself -- introverts are in all fields and can thrive. I hope this helps, and good luck!
If the reason you want to work alone is something more akin to timidity or inexperience, then I would gently encourage you to work a little bit towards branching out of that space. Collaboration is one of the strongest tools any industry has! Some roles even offer a nice hybrid of limited interaction with others while still being a part of team. Honestly, just about any work from home position will give you that environment.
I hope all of this helps; good luck in your endeavors!
Almost every job is going to require you to work with others to some degree. That said, a lot of creative people and even athletes thrive while working for long periods of time alone. They will sometimes describe their state as “flow” when they are completely immersed in an activity, very productive and can lose track of time. As an introvert, I can achieve that state when writing on a topic I am very familiar with or passionate about. For example, I work in SEO, and my day-to-day often involves collaborating with others and analyzing data, but I also have the opportunity to write long-form blogs and website copy. It is a lot easier for me to spend an afternoon writing than preparing a report or giving a presentation, but I’m happy with the balance my job affords me. I would consider your interests and strengths foremost when choosing a career path. Careers in software development, research, data analysis and writing (technical or creative) tend to be well suited for introverts.
It may benefit you to develop your interpersonal skills so your hesitation to interact with others doesn’t become a limitation in your career. Usually as you progress in any career, you will have to collaborate with others and maybe even lead others. If you feel this is a weak area for you, you could take small steps towards becoming more comfortable in social situations, such as asking questions in class or joining a club. Voluntarily facing situations that make you nervous can build your confidence. For example, I have a fear of public speaking. Early in my career, I had a job that required daily public speaking. While I was very nervous at first and still do not enjoy public speaking, that role forced me to develop those skills. I found ways to make it less intimidating, like preparing what I would say and memorizing the introduction, having notes to fall back on and encouraging the audience to be interactive throughout.
I hope this helps and good luck!
Vianna Selene’s Answer
Second, financial positions. Introverted people tend to be thoughtful, careful and patient, combined with a unique principle and meticulous work attitude, they often do a good job in accounting or filing.
Third, scientific research positions. Introverts are used to thinking independently, sitting down, being quiet, and having depth and substance in their imagination, which is exactly what a scientific research position requires. Careful observation of life, we will find that many scientific research positions are silent.
Fourth, creative posts. We know that creation requires deep thinking, and inspiration often comes from the casual. Introverted people are quiet and good at being alone. They are also more creative and imaginative. They tend to find their inner inspiration and emotions and accurately reflect their creativity and ideas in their works. Therefore, introverts are better suited to creative work, such as writing, painting, arranging music, and so on.
With so many virtual jobs out there, instead of finding one that you speak to people face to face- try finding one that is chat-oriented.
I have a friend (who is a deep deep introvert) that works in classifications - in that she has to watch a bunch of television and tick of lists to figure out what classification they should have (G, PG etc).
She gets to watch most popular shows at least two weeks in advance and does it in the remotest part of the building by herself.
She also has to sit through alot of European 'art' movies and gore flicks (which meshes well with her interest in serial killers).
I hope this helps!
Be conscientious of when to stretch yourself as well. Is it really too many meetings or are you just feeling people fatigue?
Make space for yourself. I’ve started scheduling meetings to end 5-10 mins early so I have breathers to regroup and decompress. It’s absolutely helped with feeling drained and the need to “be on”.
Overall, I’d say find a role you gets you excited, be authentic and make it work for you.
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