Suitable jobs for the introverted?
November 10, 2006 7:43 AM Subscribe
What careers would suit an introverted but intelligent person?
I am working through several careers books but have difficulties settling on careers to research further. I have social anxiety as do most of my friends (met through self help sites) and we are mostly in the same boat. Everyone seems to be looking for extroverted types, where do we introverts succeed?
posted by AuroraSky to Work & Money (28 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I did a degree in marketing and got good grades but don't really feel I have the visual thinking or creative flair to do well in that field (although I could do a relatively junior post perhaps). Sad to say but I was better at writing essays about marketing than I was about doing it in the real world. However I have been working in marketing and admin posts for a few years until I had to give up my job due to bipolar disorder in April 2005. I was best at working with words and communicating in writing, and had basic skills with web page and Microsoft software but not anything special.
Since I have been out of work for a while I want to pick a career that will suit my introverted and shy personality. I looked up human resources but think the side of me that avoids confrontations would be stressing with dealing with disciplinary and grievance sides of things. My other socially anxious friends tend to be either unemployed or on incapacity benefit or underemployed in a McJob (to avoid interpersonal conflict or even things like answering phones), so SA is definitely an issue that can make or break careers. I definitely feel I am behind my peers in career because of SA, my not having an aptitude for the practicalities of marketing but pursuing it for a long time anyway and also my depression which is now being treated.
Is there anyone out in the green who is very shy but also enjoying their career, or has an SA friend whose personality is a good fit for their career? I should also add that my interests so far tend to have been in basic internet, writing e-newsletters or press releases, or progress reports and suggestions for clients. I feel I have more of a feel for things like communications or social science and don't have an aptitude for maths or computer science. I am going to research several careers before I choose one, and will share any ideas MeFites have with the people at the social anxiety site I frequent since several of us are in the same boat.