High School/Undergrad Jobs for INTP?
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: nomadx-ga
List Price: $10.00
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.
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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 situation. 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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