Different jobs for different personalities

Every person is unique and has a unique personality. That is why different people are good at different jobs. While everyone has their own personality that is unlike any other, there are ways to define these personalities into groups. Today, we are going to discuss examples of the types of jobs that suit extroverts, introverts and ambiverts. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure exactly which category you fall under, we’ll be going through what each of these means as well.

So, what are introverts, extroverts and ambiverts?

Well, it is all about where people get their energy from. You know when you feel like your batteries have gone flat and you have no energy left? Think about what recharges you. If you are only recharged after spending some time alone, then you are likely an introvert. On the other hand, extroverts are known to get their energy from spending time with other people. At the end of the day, however, it is a spectrum. And, if you find yourself in the middle of the spectrum, you are likely an ambivert. This means you get your energy from other people and from being alone.

So, what jobs work best for these different types of personalities?

Introvert. Being introverted doesn’t necessarily mean you need to work in your own little office without having to deal with anyone. It simply means that you work more energetically when you work alone, even if you are part of a larger team. Dealing with clients and new faces each and every day may not be ideal for an introvert. However, jobs that require thoughtful, independent work may be perfect.

If you are a creative individual, you may consider a career in writing, photography or graphic design. If you’re more scientifically minded, there are many jobs in the field that allow you to work on your own for the most part. Research is also a great job for an introvert as it requires delving into academic papers, historical findings and cutting-edge discoveries and innovations. You will have time to recharge your energy before dealing with others in the workplace. It’s worth noting, however, that these jobs are not entirely solitary and you will need to deal with other people. But, for the most part, they will be your colleagues and employers who you will come to know and feel comfortable around.

Extrovert. On the flipside, extroverts shouldn’t work in isolation. You should find a job that requires a large amount of teamwork and dealing with new and interesting people. You get your energy from other people, so it makes sense that you should spend your days interacting with others.

A great job for an extrovert is ideally one where they can speak to people, mostly face-to-face. This is why sales and client service are perfect for extroverts. You have the opportunity (and responsibility) to deal with different people constantly. If you are a pure extrovert, you likely don’t want every day to be the same. Lawyers deal with clients on a daily basis and no court case is 100 percent the same. Event planning, any job in the beauty industry, human resources and hospitality are all good choices as well.

Ambiverts. This personality type sits in the middle of the spectrum and lies between extrovert and introvert. This means that the ideal job for an ambivert includes both interactive work and independent work. For this reason, you should consider teaching or lecturing if you enjoy academics. Municipal jobs are also perfect for you because there is just the right amount of dealing with people and being able to work on your own. If you spot a municipal vacancy, you should apply straight away. Municipal jobs in South Africa are sought after for this reason, among others.

When it comes down to it, though, it is all about what you enjoy doing. These are just suggestions based on whether you’re more introverted, extroverted or a balance of both. Remember, it’s a spectrum and you don’t necessarily have to be completely introverted or entirely extroverted.


Jul 9, 2018 | Vuk’uzenzele

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