A job that suits your personality
“Finding a truly satisfying career may be difficult for many introverts,” says Mahesh Kumar, a spokesperson for the Transcription Certification Institute. Most careers require interaction with others – coworkers, vendors, the public – but, says Kumar, “there are a lot of jobs that not only pay well and allow you to work from home but also give you the freedom to not constantly talk to people or deal with the public directly.”
Amma Marfo, Digital Content Lead of Swoot, agrees. “Contrary to popular opinion, no skill, ability, trait, or career path is outside the real possibility of competency for introverts or extroverts,” she says. “Being in a supportive environment and having supportive supervisors, coworkers, and educators can help either type stretch their skills toward things that may not come naturally. This is something we should all aspire to do.”
Introverts, Marfo says, really blossom in roles where they have time to consider and refine their thoughts before communicating. And there are many great jobs for introverts if you consider their strengths. “Roles that have heavy amounts of writing, or even crafting posts for and monitoring social media (such as the one I presently hold with podcast company Swoot), can be great for this. Given the time to let their thoughts develop organically, and the space to share them without interruption, [introverts] can truly shine.”
Leesa Schipani, a partner at KardasLarson Human Resources Consulting, lists just a few famous (and surprising) self-described introverts who prove that you don’t need to be outgoing to accomplish big things: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Meryl Streep, and J.K. Rowling.
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“I’m a content writer, and I’ve found it’s a perfect fit for my introverted personality,” says writer Alex Lancaster. “I began my career as a freelance writer and then moved into copywriting at a marketing agency. While I did have to occasionally present my work to clients, the day-to-day offered a lot of downtime for me to quietly work on my own. In my current position, I’m an in-house content writer for a software company. This means that I don’t need to interact with clients at all, and presentations are rare. I’m able to build strong relationships with my small team.”
“Working as a programmer/developer is a great job for introverts,” says Ben Taylor, serial solopreneur and founder of HomeWorkingClub.com, an advice portal for aspiring freelancers. “This kind of work is a naturally quiet and solitary pursuit, and there are lots of opportunities out there, on both an employed and freelance basis.”
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