Introverts might often get overlooked, due to their quiet nature, but being an introvert can be quite difficult in a world that constantly demands us to socialize and be in touch with others. Some introverts manage to pull it off successfully, while others struggle with it their whole lives.
Additionally, things can get more complicated when one chooses a partner that is exceptionally extrovert, as that means more arguments regarding the couples’ social life.
The most important thing when it comes to introverts is choosing a career: a wrong choice can make you end up in a job you truly dislike, therefore it’s important to carefully assess your needs so you’ll be able to make the right call.
Here are some tips for introverted students which will help you choose a career that’s suitable for your personal traits and needs:
Evaluate your skills and preferences
Before you start looking for a job, first you need to evaluate your skills. If you’re good at writing or drawing, then maybe working as a copywriter or a graphic designer can be the right thing for you. Unfortunately, most of the simple jobs, such as waiting tables or sales, require you to interact with people on a regular basis, so keep that in mind, before you apply for a job, even if it’s only a temporary one.
On the other hand, knowing your strengths and weaknesses can help you make the right choice, so if you’re not sure where you stand, it’s recommended to undergo a professional orientation test, conducted by a professional, who’ll be able to tell you what your ideal job should be, based on your results.
Work on your social skills
Even if you’re introverted, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work on your communication skills. True, small talk can often seem pointless and exhausting, but it’s also a way to meet interesting new people who might help you one day or even become your friends.
So, make sure to partake in conversations, including those with strangers, while you’re waiting for a bus, or sitting in the waiting room. Chances are, you’ll feel great about the fact that you’ve managed to overcome your fear of social interactions. Besides, polishing your social skills can help you land a job you might really like because every job requires a bit of interaction with other people.
Keep in mind that there are job options for you
Being an introvert doesn’t mean an endless solitude. Most introverts actually don’t mind having friends, but they rather prefer spending time alone, as excessive social interacting makes them feel overwhelmed.
Still, even if you can’t find a job from home, you can consider other employment options, such as English tutoring for children, especially since nowadays it’s possible to teach three or four kids at once which will allow you to have enough time to properly explain anything. Private tutoring can be a great way to establish your communication skills without having to deal with a whole class of unruly kids. Besides, working with others can help you open your horizons and get rid of your shyness and social anxiety, if you have them, of course.
Just because you’re an introvert, doesn’t mean you should stay at home
As we’ve established that working basically means interacting with others, now it’s time to search for a job that will allow you to be creative and hardworking without being dragged into petty arguments with co-workers, customers, and clients.
- Working as a behavioural therapist often means one-on-one work, which is a low-risk and highly rewarding job.
- If you’ve always been interested in computers, being a software engineer can help you build and test software programs so feel free to consider that as your career path.
- And in case you love everything related to social media, working as a social media manager will give you plenty of opportunities to engage with others without having to talk to anyone or meet others in person.
Don’t rush into making your decision
There’s no reason to force yourself to make any abrupt decisions, as that’s more likely to lead you into a job that’s not right for you. Take your time to consider all the options and try various jobs, until you find something that suits your sensibilities, and remember to make a decision only when you’re ready.
Keep in mind that graduating in one field, doesn’t mean you absolutely must take a job that revolves around that discipline. Instead, feel free to explore various companies, job positions and fields that will give you enough room to do what you like without compromising your own happiness and personal well-being.
As mentioned before, there are a lot of jobs that will provide you with enough financial stability without forcing you to change who you are, but don’t forget that you shouldn’t aim to avoid people at all cost, but rather to find a job that will give you enough peace of mind so you’ll be able to do it without being interrupted by others.
Isabel William is a consultant by day and a blogger by night and Mom to twins 24/7.
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