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The Right Career and Major For ENFPs – How To Choose

October 9, 2019


Hello mr. or mrs. ENFP or perhaps
concerned friend or family member of an ENFP what is the ideal career for you or
if you’re just going into college what is the right major for an ENFP to take
so I have some good news and I’ve some bad news the good news is there is a very
high chance you’re gonna have more than one or maybe more than a dozen careers
or so in your life because that is just the way of the ENFP the bad news is is
it might take you a couple or a dozen careers or majors to get to that point
where you find the perfect career for you or there may not even be a perfect
one career but it might be about life phases and different times of your life
and what the right role is for you at different points I’m going to cover all
that in this video so let’s start off by looking at some of the needs an ENFP has
some of the things that we need to have in order for our life to be satisfying
and the first and probably most important for an ENFP is the need for
variety now this can come in different forms
that can come in things being different all the time but it can also come in
like the need for being challenged the need for things to be different
challenging like we feel a bit of excitement with our work right rather
than just doing the same thing every day all the time there’s some people that
are really good at separating their career and their life so they’ll have
their job and they want to go to the same job every day do the same work and
as long as it’s kind of stable and they can count on it they’re happy and in
their personal time they might be rock climbers they might be racecar drivers
they might do all kinds of fun stuff but their career they’re happy with it being
really boring that doesn’t work so well for us enfps our career needs to give us
some excitement and some variety so that’s the first thing you want to look
at when you’re deciding what to do is there gonna be able to be variety in
this career because what you don’t want to do and what a lot of unit P’s do is
we get a variety by changing careers all the time or changing relationships or
whatever else so rather than getting the variety by changing jobs all the time it
doesn’t necessarily do good things for your resume
is can you get that variety within one career if you can get it from one place
then you can be very satisfied for 10 or 20 years and not have to go for this job
to this job to this job because you’re getting all that need met in the one job
and that will give you the variety and that’s a lot healthier way to do it than
having to change jobs in order to get variety another need a lot of enfps have
and all humans have on some level just to be clear it’s not just an ENFP thing
but we have a need to get recognition or to feel special or unique we want to
feel like hey I did a good job or get yeah just recognition feeling like we’re
doing something we don’t like the thought of being a clog in the machine
just another number so if you can work that into your career where you’re gonna
be getting recognition maybe you’ve got awards for good performance or maybe
it’s just a job with a cool title like you’re the ambassador or something like
that it’s gonna make you feel special which is gonna be a just a good feeling
it’s gonna keep you enjoying that career more and more now you don’t want to
become some ego driven maniac where your entire life is based on getting this
recognition right but knowing that hey I need a little recognition I need to feel
special a bit it’s probably gonna help out when I started working for myself
after a couple years and a business failure I ended up getting asked and
joined this other startup as a co-founder and one of the things that I
loved so much in it was getting recognition from the other people the
CEO would say oh yeah and that was great like you know this work is really
awesome or whatever it is and I realize like that feels nice I haven’t had that
in a couple years because when you’re the boss you don’t always get that from
other people on that note I’m not gonna talk about working for yourself an
entrepreneurship too much in this video there is a link I’m gonna link up here
one of these sides to another video I’ve done specifically on whether or not ENFP
should work for themselves so if you’re interested in that which is often a
great route for unities then check out that other video the next important part
for an ENFP is interaction hey turns out we like people I know right crazy so if
you like people interacting with people is probably going to be quite satisfying
for me this was something I struggled with as a freelance right
I generally really enjoyed that work but working on my own for most if not all
the day really drained on me so as an ENFP we like to be around people and we
like to interact with people not always we we don’t mind being independent we
don’t mind you know spending time to recharge we have a little bit of that
introverted sort of side but in general we should be working with people and we
excel in a kind of people environment where we can use our people skills our
empathy in that to do not only just to have that but also if that’s part of the
job we’re gonna excel because we’re gonna use these skills it said that
enfps have the strongest ability to go in and like read a room to get a sense
of the energy in a room or like oh that person feels weird that person’s an
asshole that kind of thing we have a really strong sense their sense of
intuition so if you can use that in your work it’s gonna be really fulfilling for
you you’re gonna do really good at it which you know generally when we do good
at things we like them and it creates this great cycle of good feelings right
so you want to look for a career where there’s gonna be variety there’s gonna
be challenges you’re gonna have a chance to interact with people what don’t you
want I’m guessing a lot of rules of bureaucracy I don’t know if you’re like
me but I do not like rules and red tape and do this because I said so kind of
stuff and so being in a really big company that’s gonna have a lot of rules
that’s gonna have a lot of structure and I don’t mean rules like hey don’t murder
your coworkers that’s usually a good one it’s always a good one I would say but I
mean rules that are like unnecessary red tape and some manager a thousand miles
away from you is setting a rule for how you should do your job that you know
better than them of how that job should be done because you’re in the field
let’s say right and so that’s gonna really bug you as well nf piece tend not
to like to give orders or to get orders it’s a weird thing where you have some
people who never want to have a boss and they want to be the boss they like
telling me what to do you have people who like getting orders and like how
always having a boss we sort of fall in this gray area where we can be really
good leaders we can inspire people we can kind of come up with plans but we
don’t like to tell people specifically what to do that the concept of control
to someone else we don’t like and being controlled we definitely do not like and
so thinking about that in terms of how you set things up so that doesn’t mean
you can’t be a manager or a boss but it means that your management style is
probably gonna be more like inspirational where and coming up with
systems and empowering your employees to kind of do their own thing within your
framework rather than saying all right you do this you do that and like giving
orders which the good news is that waive management giving orders and
micromanaging is really not the best way and that’s been shown more and more over
the last few decades so the approach of just kind of giving people freedom
autonomy and then some guidance tends to be a better way to manage anyhow and
that’s more the ENFP is natural style now you might have noticed that at this
point I haven’t talked about specific skill sets in terms of hard skills like
get into engineering become a scientist become a mathematician the reason for
that is there’s gonna be a great variety of interest and what you enjoy so I’ve
spoken to enfps who are great engineers because they have a mathematical mind
and they’re actually really good at that kind of logic similarly oh were you were
you asking about my shirt this one oh well this wonderful shirt was actually
designed by an ENFP fashion designer my wonderful girlfriend
Gabby Milford I’m gonna link to that Gabby Milford comm if you’d like to
support a fellow ENFP fashion designer which also illustrates my point is that
if you happen to love drawing or art or design then you could also be an ENFP
designer you could get involved with film you could do all kinds of things so
your passions are not dictated by your personality type right your passions are
gonna be more just I don’t know where they come from to be honest I’m not even
gonna try to guess but you’re gonna have your passions you might love cars you
might love fashion jewelry travel whatever that is that’s your passion and
what you want to do is you want to find a career that can have the passion
involved but also mix in more this working style I talked about so lots of
challenges lots of variety not a lot of stupid rules and if you can combine
these two things you’re gonna find a really good environment for you the last
thing I’m gonna engine is in terms of working style you
nephews tend to be more project based rather than consistent type working in
another video where I talk about how to design your life around your personality
type I go into this in more detail but essentially some of us are more
project-based where we’re good at like really challenging one-off projects do
it sprint work super hard then kind of take a break and other people are good
at consistent work like doing the same thing every day every week and knowing
that and how you’re wired is really important and how you either kind of
choose your career but also within your career or within your business if you’re
working for yourself how you actually set up your work and plan your work and
all that kind of stuff it makes a big difference so check out that other video
too and you’ll get a lot more tips on designing your life around well your
personality type if you came here looking for a list of 50 professions you
can do as an ENFP I’m sorry to disappoint but I think what I’ve shared
here is a lot more valuable in terms of how to actually pick the right thing for
you the truth is an ENFP is capable of doing a lot of jobs just about anything
we’re a bit of a jack-of-all-trades we learn things quite quickly we tend to be
relatively smart we like to learn you can do a lot so if you have a passion
like you love science you love biology then you could do that if you love
fashion like vanam by gabbu milford support my girlfriend by the shirt if
that is you then you can do that you could do whatever it is that you’re sort
of passionate and good about what I want to give you here is then the the
conditions to make that work well right so you could end up at a company where
let’s say you love animation you could end up working for a great animation
studio where the work they do is exactly what you want to do but it turns out the
work environment is very bureaucratic you don’t have a lot of interaction with
other people it’s not very challenging and then it ends up being a really
unsatisfying career even though you’re working in your passion the way that the
company is set up that you’re working at won’t meet your needs so think of your
what you’re passionate about or more importantly I think what you’re good at
and then find a company that has these kinds of working conditions and that
combination is going to be really good for you and you’re going to excel
if you are interested in working for yourself check out my other video
there’ll be a link at the end screen here for should enfps work for
themselves and the other video I mentioned on designing your life around
your personality type otherwise do subscribe to the channel I publish new
videos every Monday Wednesday and Friday and I’d love to catch you and one of
them soon and see you soon

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19 Comments

  • Reply Dreams Around The World February 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Want to join me and a few other inspiring ENFPs this year? I'm hosting a few events this year in Canada and Europe. Learn more here: https://www.DreamsAroundTheWorld.com/events/ and feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

  • Reply Anggia Sekar July 8, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Do any of you feel the need of doing something out of your carreer lane just for the sake of self-actualization? Please it’s so frustating, i think i really need to do it, but in the other hand i’m afraid that i will waste my time 😢😢

  • Reply Camille Joy Isidro July 8, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I'm an ENFP and I love it. I work as a recruitment assistant in an architecture firm and the variety of people I get to meet everyday is AMAZING. I've been working here for more than a year and I never get bored. I meet architects, engineers, artists, painters, admin staffs and more! Even plumbers and carpenters and glass cleaners- my God the spectrum of people I get to interact with ❤ My hyperactivity is productive but the downs is just REAL DOWN MOMENTS and I think I may freak some people out lol. My boss knows how to manage people, even me so the work environment is really good. And the fast paced artsy environment is the perfect workplace. I don't see myself working in a deskjob at all. My boyfriend is an INTJ and we have real different personalities but still make it work cause he knows how to handle my crazy. But its also cause my scattered thoughts somehow get organized when i lay then all out and he helps me figure things out. 🙂

  • Reply Cleo Evans July 18, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Teaching gives me the variety I need. I don’t use the same lesson plans over again usually because different kids have different interests and needs. Win win!

  • Reply Matheus Werner July 18, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I don't even know what I'm passionate about… It's being a tough time of self awareness

  • Reply Ricky X July 19, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Just have to say that you are sooooo awesome… Like someone finally found a window into my brain and understands… All this time, I thought I was just weird… LOL Thank U for these great videos… & HugZzzzz

  • Reply MaAttitude MaMemento July 20, 2019 at 2:59 am

    I'm a manager and my management style is exactly what you said in this video.Instead of giving straight orders here and there, I taught them reasons and logics.I hate power control and I hate it if their respect to me is just because of my position.

  • Reply selena galindo July 20, 2019 at 3:43 am

    I am going into cosmetology and I love it because I can do so many different things with my license and even with in each category, there’s 1 million different things you can do.

  • Reply William Lewis July 23, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Teacher – everyday was so random. Hundreds of people to chat to. I had fun everyday. Why I left? Rigid management and people who we’re just horrible! They just wanted to squash the life out of you. The students never did. Now I am doing … god knows …. something will happen. It will be fun when it does.

  • Reply Tracey Muy July 28, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Im an ENFP studying to be an Animator and I feel this is a great fit for me :).

  • Reply Angelo Papas July 30, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I find myself not starting bc I’m afraid I’m going to be bored soon after starting…blehhh

  • Reply TipTop August 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    That shirt is 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Reply ahmed hanafi August 7, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    A medical career is a good choice for us i think

  • Reply Mia Gonzalez August 17, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    I used to be an intake coordinator in hospitals and it sucked!!!! I then went to try social work and that aged me 10 years.
    .. So I left that and have been transitioning into retail management in the last year. This was my first week as a department manager at a retail chain store and let me tell ya…. I have never felt so happy and free!!!! Lol I would ultimately LOVE to start my own business or move up in a successful/ already established business. Great video!

  • Reply Joe Dreamz September 2, 2019 at 2:19 am

    What’s it like to date another ENFP?

  • Reply loet gard September 19, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Wow! Dan! You said that your girlfriend is an ENFP too?? I'm really interested in this fact and I urge to know if ENFP-ENFP relationship should work or not… Because it seems that the girl I'm interested in is another ENFP and I'm afraid that we won't work together… You know what I mean… So, I'm really really demanding you to make a video about this or just answer me directly through this comment… Thank you so much for your efforts and inspiring videos… They have helped me so much! All the best for you!

  • Reply smart budvak September 26, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Any enfp enterpneur

  • Reply Andrew Finley October 6, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    As a 27 year old enfp I’ve gone from the oil field to college and into fire and EMS and teaching. Decided on living a nomadic life in a bus and gonna keep rolling on.

  • Reply Jack Rollinson October 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    I’m enfp and love healthcare, I believe a lot of these jobs give variety due to differences in illness injury and personalities

  • Reply Kyle Nix October 8, 2019 at 5:23 am

    If you’re a younger ENFP try Djing! I dabbled in that in college and it’s exciting! Lots of new techniques, songs, travel opportunities, and the crowd gives you recognition that ENFP’s CRAVE for if you’re good enough. Try it out as a hobby if you want. You won’t regret it 😁

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