INFP Career Survey

This has been a long time coming. I’ve created an INFP Career Survey to collect data from those of us who love and hate our careers. As the database grows, I’ll start sharing the results on this site.

If you’ve started your career already, please fill this out. Your answers will be used to help other INFPs (many of the visitors on this site are in highschool and college and some are mid-career)¬†who are completely lost on what they should be doing (that’s just about all of us from what I can tell).

7 thoughts on “INFP Career Survey”

  1. I’ve been working in accounting for 32 years. I never wanted to be an accountant, but I got drafted (railroaded) into the job. I am really good at what I do, but am pretty burned out about the repetition of it now. There is very little about the job or my company to motivate the heroic crusader aspect of my inner life.

    The only time that I get excited about accounting is when I have a chance to teach someone. Well, someone who is motivated to learn. What I like about my job now is the one thing that is getting managed out of my position. That is developing creative solutions with Excel. That’s the only time that I find “flow”.

    I’ve been a Manager for the last 22 years. Management has got to be the absolute worst! I persevered with it because I thought that I would get a chance to influence the Round Table of other managers. I wanted to be able to provide inspirational input from my extensive reading on the latest creative and leadership trends.

    I’m finally confronted with the brutal reality that nobody cares in the slightest about any of that stuff. Sure, it comes up in the annual strategic planning session. A couple of us get excited, hope rekindled and all that rot. For about a month. The top management only gives lip service to creative innovation. Then they stonewall anyone with implementation ideas.

    Back to business as usual.

    So I’m screwed. I have ten years left to retirement and nowhere to go. Maybe I’ll move to Mt. Athos and take up my true vocation: monastic hermit.

    I wish that I’d read the warning about INFPs staying out of the business world about 30 years ago. It would have made all the difference.

    One of my old CEOs recognized my inability to “get tough” with my subordinates and had a VP do the performance evaluations. I got to manage the computer system. Boy! That was heaven.

    Oh yeah. I really do hate the phone. I absolutely abhor conflict, especially after reporting to bosses with anger management issues. I wish I could file for disability due to PTSD.

    Probably only God knows what career would be good for me, or what company. Right now I am so disillusioned with my career that a cardboard box under the bridge is looking attractive.

  2. I was a gov. customer service representative for 2 years and it was alright. I liked the aspect of helping people. What got tiring was the strict strict, and more strict and unrealistic rules being placed into the contract. No one can deal with sensitive life affecting issues and keep call time down, while following 50 rules on what to address, what not to address, exactly what to click on here and there, having every single call and movement on your monitor scrutinized and if one thing isn’t done according to the list, it’s brought up and they listen to the call side by side with you.

    While having a little structure helps, and keeps my head out of the clouds, having too much dumped on my head drove me to doing harmful things to myself, and suicidal thoughts. I left the company when they offered their seasonal lay-offs (they’re predictable, it’s THAT structured.)

    Worked as a general receptionist/office manager for a small business, and loved it, family atmosphere with a lot of cooperation and understanding. Not enough hours so I had to leave it.

  3. I am a store manager for a retail beverage product and service provider. We are an internationally known brand. I do not like my job. Actually, I hate my job. I have no sense of urgency regarding the completion of lists of tasks, and my job is utterly dominated by them. I have no problem completing tasks as assigned, as long as I can actually complete them fully and beautifully, but delegating tasks and enforcing my demands drain the energy out of me, daily. Now that I have been on this career path for over five years, I have determined that I must find something else to do. I thought at first that I would just have to suck it up, but if I don’t leave, I will make myself sick or get fired.

    • “I have no problem completing tasks as assigned, as long as I can actually complete them fully and beautifully…”

      I completely understand- it would be wonderful to able to take our time and do our best work without the pressure and sense of urgency that comes with so many of these jobs.

      In a perfect world…


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