The Top 10 INFJ Careers

INFJ careers article

Dear INFJ friend,

Choosing the top INFJ careers that will satisfy all our needs is not easy. It’s a hard road filled with obstacles. We are unique, so not all jobs are suitable for our rare personality.

INFJs excel in many areas. There’s a reason why we are called advocates, diplomats, counselors, and healers. INFJs are the perfect negotiators. Despite all our amazing gifts, it’s not easy to find the best INFJ careers.

That’s why I’ve put together the a list of the top 10 INFJ careers for you. I made an infographic, too, which I’ll share a bit later in this article, but first I want to talk about why it’s so tough for INFJs to find the right career.

The INFJ careers conundrum

While searching for our true calling, INFJs face a lot of obstacles. To help you better prepare, here are the three primary issues every INFJ I had the chance to speak with has faced when choosing a career:

1. You need to make a difference

The first issue is that making a difference seems impossible. The nature of the job itself isn’t that important as long as it enables us to make a difference.

I’m not talking about finishing a day’s work type of difference, but rather something else.

The difference I speak about is an all or nothing affair. Waking up every morning and knowing that what we do means something and that it helps someone is our motivation. It’s what gives us energy and focus.

An INFJ has to feel fulfilled or he or she risks becoming indifferent. It’s a really bad sign when you see an indifferent INFJ.

2. You hate feeling stagnant

The second challenge is that when an INFJ stagnates, the chances of keeping that career drop to zero. Seeing a higher meaning in our career is key for INFJs.

Our determination depends on the level of meaning we see in the work we do. If a career seems dull to us, stagnation will occur and INFJs will no longer see the point of doing that job.

If there isn’t a possibility for us to advance and upgrade ourselves, INFJs don’t waste time on that career. We simply move on.

3. You struggle with feelings of unworthiness

The third issue INFJs face when choosing a career is that we often feel unworthy. This feeling may come from inside or from an external source. We think that we are worthless and that we don’t deserve the chances given to us.

I’m all too familiar with these three challenges, but they needed to happen so that I could pinpoint the top INFJ careers and find the job of my dreams.

My INFJ job story

In the past, people told me many times: “You are so picky, that’s why you will never succeed.” I’ll be honest, I wanted to cry every time I heard this judgmental sentence.

Before finding Introvert Spring, which became my life calling and purpose, I changed jobs so many times that I lost count. Some of these jobs served as preparation and helped me discover what I really want to do. But the majority of my past careers were slowly draining me from the inside out.

marko infj careers

This is how I looked couple of years ago, every morning before work. There was no smile on my face, no excitement, no vision, and certainly not the desire to make a difference.

In order to help you land the top INFJ careers, I’ll share with you which ones are best in my opinion.

The top 10 INFJ careers

INFJs excel at positions where we can genuinely help people, make a difference, upgrade ourselves, and not wear a mask. Every career choice that slows an INFJ’s progress is an automatic ‘no’ in our mind.

We need to have a higher goal, and a clear vision of where we want to be. Without it, INFJs will lose motivation and determination for further development.

In the INFJ Careers Infographic I share towards the end of this article, I show in detail which INFJ careers you should pursue, which ones to avoid, and why. But before that, let’s take a look at the top ten INFJ careers. These are my personal favorites, which I highly recommend:

• Writer
• Healthcare Worker
• Artist
• Social Worker
• Counselor
• Therapist
• Librarian
• Scientist
• Life Coach
• Forester

If you don’t like your current job, don’t worry, the situation won’t last forever. It’s only teaching you what you need to learn so that you can find the best possible career. As a bonus and a friendly INFJ warning, I’ll now share with you ten jobs you should avoid at all costs if you’re an INFJ.

10 jobs every INFJ should avoid

The jobs I mention here represent the worst career nightmares for the majority of INFJs. The interesting thing is that I worked five out of ten of these worst INFJ careers. They were difficult lessons I needed to learn.

Trust me, unless you really want to have one of these careers, avoid them however you can. Our INFJ nature is simply not compatible with certain jobs, and that’s okay.

• Customer Service/Support
• Door-to-Door Sales
• Journalist
• Security Guard
• Front Desk Clerk
• Military Officer
• Politician (except diplomacy)
• Every job that repeats itself daily without meaning
• Every job where inner advancement is not possible

If the situation allows you, try avoiding these ten worst INFJ careers at all costs. Luckily, choosing the best INFJ careers for you can be an interesting journey.

Choosing the right INFJ careers

When it comes to choosing a career, nothing matters more to an INFJ than to be able to have an impact. We can handle the noisy coworker, lack of privacy, or even deal with a nervous, extroverted boss. But we must feel like we’re making a meaningful contribution to the world.

One of the best ways to know that you’ve chosen one of the top INFJ careers is when it makes you lose track of time. You’ve probably heard about this term, but try to imagine its meaning from the view of an INFJ.

Organization of time is a core principle for INFJs. When you lose track of time while working,that means you’ve found what you’ve been looking for. Before I reveal the INFJ Careers Infographic, there’s one more important thing you need to know.

Embrace your uniqueness as a guide

Despite sharing the INFJ personality, we are all unique. For example, when I was working as a public speaker and a journalist, I had no problem speaking in front of a crowd of hundreds, nor interviewing one person after another. However, I wasn’t fulfilled on the inside.

Determining the right INFJ careers can be tricky because we also face external pressure. My family never supported my career choices. I knew that if I was to make a difference, I needed to follow my heart.

Most people think that a true calling is gained through promotion, or a lot of money. It isn’t. No promotion or paycheck can replace the feeling you get when you love what you do.

When you find a career you feel is right for you, your INFJ soul will be fully immersed in it. There’s no better feeling than when you give your heart to something you believe in.

Never stop reaching towards what you want to do and searching for that top INFJ career! This road is not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.

Marko Kircanski

Remember the photo of me from the beginning of this article? The sad face and eyes full of tears before work? This is me now, doing what I love most and living my INFJ purpose.

Notice the difference? ?

Okay, without further ado, here is the Top 10 INFJ Careers Infographic. You can download, print, and/or share this infographic to your heart’s content!

INFJ careers infographic

Late owner of Apple and a great visionary Steve Jobs knew how to perfectly explain the search for the right career and calling:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

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What about you?

I would love to hear what you do for a living right now, my fellow INFJ! Would you add a career I missed? What do you consider to be your dream job? Feel free to share your thoughts, I would love to hear from you!

Love,

Marko

P.S I put a lot of love into this article, because I believe that for INFJs, career holds a special place in our heart. We have a chance to make a difference through it and show just how awesome we really are! ?

Hi, I’m Marko, the Introvert Spring INFJ forum coordinator. I’m a writer and certified professional coach, with a rich background in leadership and communications. Right now, my biggest passion is helping to grow the Introvert Spring INFJ forum, so INFJs have a place to feel seen, understood, and inspired.

 

49 Comments

  1. I’m currently an office worker/librarian/theologian, and I love it! I used to work in customer service, and dreaded every day of it, and had no social energy at all. Now I have energy and desire to invest in friends.

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    • That’s great to hear you love what you do now Helena! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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  2. This makes so much sense, Marko. The more I understand my INFJ nature, the more my life in general makes sense. Like you, I worked in several of the “not recommended” careers. I used to secretly wonder what was wrong with me when I felt unfulfilled and disengaged from work. Now I am so much happier. I am a mind-body retreat leader, yoga teacher, and Reiki practitioner. I am also writing again. I absolutely love my work. I know for a fact that my contribution makes a positive difference in my clients’ lives, and that makes it all worth it. Studying and understanding my introverted nature has helped me become more assertive about my own self-care and downtime, because I now finally understand that the more fully and lovingly I show up for and treat myself, the more I can be truly present for others. That beats phoning it in any day!

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    • Thanks Bria! I understand you, all too well. What you do is amazing, thank you so much for sharing! I couldn’t agree more with what you said here. 🙂

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  3. I am a lawyer. I now volunteer with the social welfare department of my state. Next year I am going for a postgraduation degree in International human rights Law.

    I see law as a tool of social change, more than anything else. And I hope to make a difference in the quality of human rights people are afforded with everywhere on the globe.

    What interested me about your article was that though you haven’t mentioned law as a career option, what I do every day involves some elements of the careers you did mention.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Have a great day 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for sharing this, Parvathi ! I agree, in the realm of law too, there is wonderful difference to be made. You are most welcome. 🙂

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    • I am a lawyer too and I identify strongly with Parvathi’s comment. Learning the law is an excellent path for making a difference, but I think an INFJ has to find his or her own way in the profession. For me, now 20 years out of law school, the “ideal” path for a lawyer (law school to big firm) was not at all ideal. Although I remain interested in and passionate about my legal specialty (tax law), I have had to figure out the right and wrong environments for myself. I love, love, love sharing my knowledge and solving problems to help others, but I found the conflict with opposing counsel and the financial pressures of the law firm (tracking my hours and sending bills to clients) REALLY stressful. Also, instead of working on tax problems one at a time, I had an irresistible urge to work on improving the tax system so that such problems as my clients experienced didn’t arise in the first place. Now I work in a government office, which is a huge improvement but still is not a final destination. Just as being a politician is on Marko’s list of jobs not suitable for INFJs, I think working for politicians is also tough for INFJs. My current goal is to move into policy research, where I can use my experience, my writing ability, my intuition and my integrity to make a contribution to understanding and addressing some of the tax policy problems in my state. I hope my experience is helpful to other INFJ lawyers and lawyers-to-be.

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  4. I am a Barber. I deal with all different kinds of people every day. At the end of the day I am exhausted. But I know that I make a difference for many of my clients. For some, I am the only person who touches them. I often go to them when they are no longer able to come to me, and have been to the funeral home, at the request of family. I often let the client set the tone of whatever conversation may occur. It’s a different job than I ever imagined for myself, but one that is fulfilling on a daily basis.

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    • Thank you for sharing what you do, Mason! You are doing a great job, and even though I believe you are exhausted at the end of the day, you really make a difference in people’s lives. And it’s good to hear it fulfills you. 🙂

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  5. Marko, this is so spot on! Thank you. I worked as a healthcare professional for several years, which was extremely rewarding, but I eventually wanted to make a wider impact and also do it in a way that allowed me to truly be myself. So now, I’m building a coaching practice and doing academic counseling on the side. I feel SO much better!

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    • You are most welcome, Diana! Thank you for your kind words. Thank you so much for sharing this, and I am happy to hear you feel better now, that’s great! 🙂

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  6. Hey Marko, this is a great and useful article!
    I am wondering if you consider Teacher (either primary or high school) to be a good career choice for INFJs? It’s something I often think about pursuing, particularly teaching History/Social Studies. I also wonder if INFJs generally work better with younger or older kids, or no kids at all haha. Teenagers can be mean sometimes and may make the feelings of unworthiness worse! Thanks for this article 🙂

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    • Thanks Reese! I’m glad you like the article. 🙂 Great question! Yes, definitely, teacher is a good career for an INFJ. As for your second question, it depends, but INFJs in general establish a good connection with all ages, because of our deep understanding and putting ourselves in another perspective. The key is to pay attention when you need to recharge, since job of a teacher can be draining, but rewarding. 🙂

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      • Hello! I just wanted to add that I have been a teacher for 17 years. I’ve mostly taught very troubled teenagers reading comprehension and English. I’ve loved my job always and have no doubt it has been the right job for me. After all this time; however, I have become emotionally drained because, yes, teenagers are draining, especially teens who have difficult, often tragic lives. So, this last year, I decided to change to special education and accept a position where my primary focus is vocational education/training for young adults. I’m excited about this change because it shouldn’t be so draining. I hope this helps. I just couldn’t imagine ever doing anything else.

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        • Hi, kdmiller! Thank you so much for sharing this, and I am happy to hear that you made this change that will be less overwhelming for you. 🙂

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  7. I went into librarianship long before I knew that I was an INFJ: sadly the library I work in is a hostile environment for people like me. Despite having the necessary qualifications to work at a professional level my position at a lower-ranked classification has become entrenched with no path to anything better. I try to make the most of my situation but I am thwarted at every turn, and I have little to no control over the work I do or how I do it. My manager is extremely insensitive and patronising and seems determined to keep me down. It makes no difference to her that I am going through a traumatic divorce and that I am having to sell my house and find somewhere else to live. I would like to change jobs but I have no confidence left. I am currently studying but my continuing in my degree (I am doing so well because it’s the only thing I am rewarded for doing) isn’t assured since it is up to the manager whether they will accommodate my study requirements.

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    • I’m sorry you are facing this situation where you work, Possum. Don’t stop, keep moving, you got this! Where you are is temporary, don’t give up. You will find a better job and you will do wonderfully on your studies, regardless of what your current boos does. You have my full support.

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  8. Hi Marko, i am an true INFJ and i just turned 30 years old yesterday. I feel like I’m in a quarter life crisis as i do not find passion in my job, working in family business. I wish to try something different and new that taps on my creative mind. I am curious to know your career path and what were the difficulties you encountered as a fellow INFJ. I feel that i work best independently and have control over my work, i used to work to years in corporate job but it was very political and not suitable for me

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    • Hi, weehsien! First thing is that you have to understand that it’s okay you haven’t found your calling yet. It’s okay, because this is a process that takes time, don’t rush yourself. Before I found my purpose, I was jumping from one career to another, but I always knew that would lead me to what I am doing now, what I love the most. Trust in the process and don’t be discouraged by this temporary situation you are in, because it will change. You already know what makes you feel good about work, so slowly start building on that, and don’t be so hard on yourself. One step at a time, you will find your life calling, it’s only a matter of time. 🙂

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      • Hi Marko, you mentioned you were in a nine to five job previously, what did you switch to? A full time writer? I have lately (re)discovered my strength in writing as I feel I express best in words. However I don’t know where to get started

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        • I worked the most extroverted jobs you can imagine: public relations manager, event organizer, customer support, announcer, journalist… But I found myself through writing and coaching my fellow INFJs to find their purpose in life and accept who they arem so I became a INFJ writer and a professional coach. I started writing for my own soul while working all those extroverted jobs, journaling what I see, feel, dream, notice, plan. Then I found life calling, my purpose, which is what I do now. 🙂

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  9. Hi Marko, how did you start with the writing career? Did you start writing online on a blog? Or you worked as a paid writer in a company that hired you?

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    • It all started with Introvert Spring. 🙂 It’s my life calling, what I love doing the most. Through Introvert Spring, I found my purpose, I found myself. 🙂 In the past, I wandered, searching, but everything came together when I found what I do now, what I cherish the most.

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  10. Hi Marko, do you think copywriting is a good INFJ career

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    • Hi Walter, yes, definitely. 🙂

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  11. Hi Marko, can you write an article on networking? I’ve always have people tell me, you should network, but I really find it difficult and unnecessary to do so

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    • Thanks for the suggestion, Walter! Sounds interesting. 🙂

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  12. Hi Marco, thanks for the great article!
    I know for quite some time that I work differently from the majority of the world, and that my personality type is INFJ. I am quite happy for it, cannot really unleash my talents though.
    I am working for seven (oh my! so long…) years as an accountant in multinational environment, and apart from the good and fix salary and some nice people, I cannot stand the job itself. I am not me, and had to confess myself that I do not like details as I thought before and not as tidy as I was in high school.
    I am currently gathering my strength to finally step out of this situation and somehow – write. 🙂 (A sudden idea: my struggles as an INFJ, haha.)

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    • You are most welcome, Maryann! I can understand you, since before I found my life calling, what I do now, I was working jobs that were simply not me. You have my full support to follow your heart and dreams, and find a career where you will be your wonderful self. 🙂

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  13. Thank you so much for this! When I was younger, I had many of the jobs you suggested we NEVER get. I tended to go into sales because I speak well, have a great memory, and took a consultative approach to it…but I always hated it.

    After a horrible divorce, I decided I’d never do anything for a living that I didn’t love deeply, and I pursued writing for a living. I LOVE IT! It fulfills me deeply, and I cannot imagine doing anything else for income – ever. Funny thing: I continually have people telling me that I need to be a counselor or something. I do really well in coaching, too.

    This is just a great article. Thank you!

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    • You are most welcome, writergirl808! I am glad to hear you embraced doing what you love after such a difficult moment, and that what it fulfills you so much. Thank you for you kind words, I’m glad you liked the article. 🙂

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  14. My dream is to have a professional life as a creative (writer, nature photographer, blogger, artist, crafts, etc). Unfortunately, that doesn’t provide the health insurance I need for my family 🙁 Also, while I’m quite proud of my talents, I have a very difficult time ‘selling myself’ (promoting myself), as my low self-confidence and fear of sounding conceited comes into play!

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    • I believe your dream is possible. It will be hard, but everything you will face on the road towards that dream is put to help you, every obstacle, ever bump along the road. All the other jobs are temporary, to give you that financial stability, until your dream becomes a reality, and it will. Keep moving forward, you will reach your goals, of that I am certain. 🙂

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  15. Great and very helpful article, thank you for this :)!

    No wonder I quit my job as a journalist! Only now I understand it didn’t really suit me
    (eventhough I love to write, but this was the only part of my online journalist job that I honestly enjoyed :)).

    Now I’m a family therapist in the making and I can’t emphasize enough how much more I feel like myself :).

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    • You are most welcome, Sara! Glad you found the article helpful, and I am happy your new job in the making, family therapist, is making you appreciate yourself more. 🙂

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  16. I have to disagree about Front Desk Clerk being a bad choice–it depends on where and what the purpose is. One of my favourite jobs I’ve ever had was working the desk at a backpacker’s hostel. As a traveller, I know how stressful it can be to arrive in a new city not knowing exactly where you’re going to sleep that night and whether it would be infested with bedbugs, and one of the best feelings is arriving to your home away from home and finding it safe and clean. I enjoyed giving people that feeling. Now, more than 10 years later I’m changing careers to tourism and hospitality!

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    • Thanks so much for sharing your point of view and opinion on this, Erisa. 🙂 That’s good to hear you are entering the realms of tourism and hospitality!

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  17. This was very helpful, thank you! I’m currently in a customer service/sales role that doesn’t have any room for growth or learning and I definitely feel stuck and stagnant. I’m trying to figure out what my next steps should be to find a career better suited for me. I read on a couple other sites that INFJs have the hardest time picking a career because we see so many great options and picking one means letting go of so many others. This is definitely true for me. Putting money and logistics aside, I can think of a long list of jobs I would enjoy and feel fulfilled in. But I’m not sure how to actually get there. Do you have any thoughts on moving to careers that require more education? I’ve been considering some things like nursing that would require me to get a second bachelor’s degree, but I’m hesitant to put so much time and money into something I’m not 100% positive I’ll love.

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    • You are most welcome, rebecca! I’m glad you liked the article. 🙂 Make a decision, this is how you start. Ask yourself, is this something I really love and will it be something I will enjoy? In the meantime, you can check out some online courses to keep your INFJ mind busy while you carefully analyze your next step. Remember, make that decision and build on it. Take it head on, and write down on paper all the pros and cons, that will give you a clearer picture of the whole situation. 🙂

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  18. Another inspiring article! I have been to many sites that offer mbti career matches, and some are found here too, but it is great have the infj perspective validated so thoroughly first ? At the moment doing an admin job that involves legislation, i don’t find it fulfilling but i love being an expert so that i can help coleagues problem solve. I’ve also done flooring installation and love the precision of working with my hands. I try to explain to family / friends how important it is to feel like what I’m doing really means / accomplishes something, as I get the most bemused faces saying “why work harder than you have to” or “no one likes their job get over it”. I think the way you describe the thought process reassuring. I think I want to be a writer, my friend seems to have noticed my skill one day and has encouraged me to do it (incidentally also infj), but I feel unqualified, do you have any advice to get started?

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    • Thank you for your kind words, marcivic! Yes, I do have and advice. 🙂 Make a decision, create a plan, do a research how you will do it, write it down, and go after your dream! There are no shortcuts, but believe in what you want to do so blindly that everything that happens is only there to help you on that road. Believe in yourself, no matter what anyone else says and your life will never be the same again. Live your dream. 🙂

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  19. Now I understand why I love Psychology or being a School Guidance Counselor or having a career that relates to people.

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    • That’s great to hear, Rozarrianne! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  20. I’m currently working with an excellent career coach. He’s the reason I found your site. My current job is soul-sucking, repetitive, unfulfilling, and physically painful (I’m out on disability now). I’m taking this time to explore better options. Btw, I loved customer service (both in person and on the phone).

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    • I’m glad your coach helped you find Introvert Spring site, Curlieq55. And I am sorry you you feel this way about your current job, but you made a good decision to explore better options. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about customer service. 🙂

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  21. I work in the healthcare field. I used to work in different nursing homes but because of my infj nature I never got along with the people I worked with, only the elderly residents. I found home healthcare where I can go to the client home and work with them, and its been a blessing. I been working home healthcare for 8 years. There have been a few client family members that i didnt get along with and some that I have gotten along with.

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    • That’s great to to hear judie that you feel good by working home healthcare. 🙂

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  22. Great article Marko! I am a philologist and also studied International Relations I never realized I missed the ultimate goal of having a mission with this. The desire to find appreciation from the outside world made me give up who I actually was and made me ignorant of what I was really good at. I’m now looking for the options of studying Professional Counseling.

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    • Thanks Juls, glad you like the article! Don’t worry, you have the time, it’s not too late to find your calling. I am glad to hear you are looking into the possibility to study Professional Counseling, you got this. 🙂

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