If you're an ENFP -- extrovert, intuitive, feeling and perceiving on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator -- you'd likely be surprised to read that accounting is a highly recommended career choice for your personality type. That's because it's not, and you intuitively know you require a career that lets you face new creative challenges every day while you're interacting with interesting new people. Search no longer -- as a person who has a broad range of skills and interests, you'll find that many careers are well-suited for your personality type.
ENFPs are energized by being around people and look for ways to understand and appreciate others. Consider a career that puts you in contact with new and interesting individuals everyday. An interesting job for an ENFP is working as a advocate for children; your interest will be stimulated by the demands presented by each case. ENFPs also tend to make good counselors. You might also entertain the idea of becoming a personal trainer or nutritionist as each person will present you with a new challenge; how will you help a 270-pound man with severe arthritis in his ankles and knees slim down?
Working a traditional 9-to-5 gig may not be for you, as ENFPs tend to shy away from routine and value spontaneity. If people often comment on your creativity, flair for the dramatic or ability to use just the right words in a situation, consider going into a creative field. A career as an actor, interior decorator, artist, writer or musician virtually ensures you'll never fall prey to a common ENFP pitfall -- boredom.
As an ENFP, you will be happiest in a position where you have the opportunity to work with a variety of people, are exposed to a variety of challenges and work on initiatives that you believe in, according to the Advising Services office at Wayne State University. If you you have the ability to follow through with your ideas -- a weakness for many ENFPs -- starting your own business might be just the ticket. You'll have greater flexibility, see your ideas come to fruition, and can create the fun, creative environment that ENFPs enjoy.
ENFPs have a tendency to procrastinate, become sidetracked and have difficulty with time management. It is important to be aware of these downsides to your personality, so that you can head career difficulties off at the pass. Read up on time-management strategies and productivity. Make concrete goals for each day so that you don't lose track of time and in typical ENFP fashion float away on the wings of another new project before you've completed the first one.
Elise Wile has been a writer since 2003. Holding a master's degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training.