Jobs for an anxious introvert
October 1, 2012 7:16 AM Subscribe
Career suggestions for a recent grad with social problems?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I recently graduated from a top 5 college with a B average in economics. I spent a couple of years in a Teach for America-type program and did well, but don't want to be a teacher forever. I'm relatively smart, but I have crippling social anxiety/introversion and would fail in any industry that requires networking, socializing, or self-promotion. I'm fine in any social setting where behavior is prescribed (eg teaching, retail, customer service) and am actually a powerful speaker/debater when I'm comfortable, but it is often almost physically painful to meet new people, engage in small talk, or speak up.
I'm good with numbers, organization, writing and planning, and I really enjoy serving/helping people. I am not interested whatsoever in finance, but would otherwise be happy to draw upon my background in econ/statistics. In school I was really good at working with data creatively and finding logic holes in other people's studies.
I'm particularly interested in travel, healthcare, HR, or government work. I don't want to go to law or business school but am otherwise able to pursue higher education. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.