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ENFP Careers To Avoid
What do ENFPs not enjoy in their careers?
Although it's said that people of any personality type can be happy in any occupation, if you're an ENFP you've probably found that you like jobs which are interesting, enjoyable and personally meaningful to you.
You may like working with people. Or being creative. Or being in jobs that help people and making a positive difference.
Or even better, a career that combines all of these!!
On the other hand you may have found that you aren't as keen on careers that involve a lot of routine. You know the ones, those where rules and procedures need to be strictly followed and those where attention to detail and thorough follow-through are required.
This page lists jobs that contain a lot of the things that many ENFPs have said they don't enjoy doing on a regular basis.
Or at all !!
This should help you know whether they're likely to be careers you'll enjoy. Or not so much!
And of course, this isn't intended to replace careers advice which has been tailored to your own specific situation. It's very much general advice based on the input of many people who are self-identified as ENFP personality types. Do not use this to base career decisions on, if you're in need of careers advice please seek the guidance of a careers professional.
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10 Careers ENFPs have said they don't like
- Computer hardware engineer
- Insurance adjuster
- Mechanical engineer
- Cold calling telesales
- Investment banker
- Corporate attorney
- High school chemistry teacher
- Proof reader
- Quality manager
- .........10 more ENFP careers to avoid below
Which do you prefer?
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Do you like managing lots of intricate details?
Here's another 10... - (have a look at the comments lower down in the lens to see what people have said about these jobs)
- Long distance truck driver
- Purchasing officer, procurement manager
- Systems administrator (computing)
- Building official, building control officer, building control surveyor
- Business operations manager
- Traffic warden, parking enforcement officer
- Compliance associate, compliance manager, contract compliance officer
- ...and another 10 below
Do you like to do new things at work? Or do you prefer an established routine?
And the final 10 careers... - (remember to check out the comments below)
- Security guard
- Commercial manager
- Factory supervisor
- Budget analyst
- Logistics manager/officer
- Bank clerk, teller, manager
- Construction, general contractor
- Dental technician
Is it important to you to like your job or career?
How many jobs have you had?
What Do Other ENFPs Think?
Over 2,000 people have taken our careers quiz to see how their job or career matches up with what ENFPs say they need for career satisfaction.
questions that asked not only about the job you do on a daily basis, but about the environment you work in.
What we’ve found is that there’s more to it than the job you do on a daily basis. The workplace environment you’re in is very important to ENFPs. Here are two of the areas we’re seeing people being the unhappiest:
1. The People and Atmosphere
The people part of a workplace can be very important to ENFPs. We want to be appreciated, to like the people we work with and to be able to build positive and supportive relationships. And we thrive on being able to help people, whether it’s our co-workers or customers.
Unfortunately many people underestimate the importance of this and often we just don’t seem to function very well in contentious atmospheres where conflict is the normal way of working as it seems to be in some workplaces unfortunately.
The same goes for in impersonal workplaces where excessive competition and/or criticism are the main methods of motivation.
Even if the job itself is exciting and interesting to us, we’ve known ENFPs who’ve felt that working atmospheres like this drained their energy completely.
Does this sound like your situation?
Are there particular relationships at your workplaces which are not working for you, or is the atmosphere of the organization as a whole not a positive one?
2. Flexibility And Variety
ENFPs also tend to prefer some degree of flexibility and change and a lot of the folks who got low scores in the quiz had a very low score on the flexibility question.