career in communications with communication skills below par?
January 7, 2013 12:43 PM Subscribe
I love words, people, learning about the human condition. I am an emotional, artistic, warm and fuzzy person on the inside. But my shyness makes me come across as quiet and maybe even a little cold. My people skills probably aren't the best. Can I excel in a people oriented career like teacher or guidance counselor, where my true interests lie? Or does my personality doom me to work in something dry and (to me) boring at a computer?
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The great paradox of my life: I am interested exclusively in fields that require excellent people skils; I don't quite have said people skills. My interests are in psychology, teaching, languages, counseling. All are centered on words and verbal skills. All require interaction with other people. Yet I am an introvert's introvert, once extremely shy and now just a little quieter than most. I enjoy working with people. I have no technical skills whatsoever and no interest in technical fields. I can't do math. My computer skills are so poor that I can hardly use Microsoft Office Suite. All signs point to a career in human services or language/literature teaching, but I doubt my interpersonal skills. I can't see myself being, for instance, a therapist, when even my best friends joke about how quiet I am.
What to do? If I pursue a career in a field that truly interests me, will my sort of standoffish, introverted, quiet personality be a major obstacle?
For those who put any faith in such things, I am INFP all the way (90 percent feeling!), but probably come across as INTP because I'm just too shy to come across as warm and fuzzy (even though I truly am).