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Q: High School/Undergrad Jobs for INTP? ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: High School/Undergrad Jobs for INTP?
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: nomadx-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 16 Oct 2006 13:53 PDT
Expires: 15 Nov 2006 12:53 PST
Question ID: 774142
I am a 22 year old student at a community college. In in the past few
years, my life has been a series of upheavals. I dropped out of
college and took a year off, not knowing what I wanted to do.
Eventually I decided on a career field, enviromental science. It's
something that is fitting for me, an INTP. However, I am now moved
away taking classes for credit at a community college in Florida.
Trying to keep my grades up, my family also expects me to hold down a
part-time job. At first I had struck great luck, I was offered a job
at the information desk at the college. Desperate for any job I
immediately accepted. However, after a month and a half, I was fed up
with having no time for myself and doing meaningless tasks in an
office environment rife with miscommunication, inefficiencies, and a
trivial pecking order. The longer I worked there, the longer I felt my
job was pointless and that I was in a mad house. Then they hired 2
extra guys that we didn't need and I had even less work to get done.
On top of that, they were re-locating the office within a week, and
they were expecting me to be busy all the time with non-existant work.
After that I quit. I told my parents I couldn't take it anymore and
was just going to focus on making websites for people for money. This
was not good enough for my parents, since I'm not making as much money
as I was at that other crazy job.

My question is, what kind of jobs are available for INTP who have not
completed college yet? I am going to be in college for another few
years at least until I get my masters. Please help, I am not sure how
long I can go on this meager salary, and my parents are threatening to
stop sending money until I get that job back.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: High School/Undergrad Jobs for INTP?
From: beneuto-ga on 16 Oct 2006 17:57 PDT
Hang in there buddy. There are 3 ways to get ahead in this life:

1. Pure luck
2. Effective relationships
3. Undeniable genius

As a fellow INTP I can tell you your best bet is option 3 which means
either inventing something really cool or staying in college and
getting your qualifications for a start.   Personally, I am an IT
consultant and have done quite well at that.   However I am constantly
in trouble for telling the clients what they need to know rather than
what they want to hear (sound familiar?).

I was lucky enough to fall into a cutting edge field that needed INTP
style high level thinking to unravel very complex problems that
traditional IT types (typically ISTP) had difficulty with.   Of course
I met with huge amounts of resistance to my solutions but the fact was
they worked where others had failed to the tune of millions of
dollars.   Now the solutions I developed over 10 years ago are seen as
best practice.   Not because I "invented" them as such but because
they make sense when you understand the problem.   Us INTPs can
quickly cut through the chaff to get to the root of a problem where
other types flounder trying to apply what they already know to every

An ideal job for an INTP would be research and development where you
can be respected as an expert and judged by your output rather than
having to constantly justify what you are trying to do upfront to
those who just cannot understand (although expect to get that at least
a bit in just about any job).   Make sure the emphasis is on research
though rather than development.   INTPs excel with coming up with
ideas but carrying them through requires a lot more discipline (we get
bored easily!).   You will get pissed off with a "R&D" job where you
are just coding someone elses ideas.   But do produce something from
your ideas as this is the only way to prove your worth (ideas
generally dont impress people without something tangible).

INTPs tend to be severely misunderstood so you will have to really
shine at whatever you choose to do.   In jobs like R&D or other
creative industries that should not be too hard if you apply yourself.

As far as salary goes, you need to decide whether you prefer a job you
enjoy or are willing to go outside your comfort zone.   Getting the
big money usually means being good with relationships because like it
or not in business relationships come first and products second.

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