Career path suggestions for an INTP

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    Career path suggestions for an INTP

    I hope this is the right location for this post, it's the first one I've made on this site. I'm sure this is a common problem for people but I honestly have no idea what I want to do with my career. I don't care too much about material items or wealth, however I do need a decent wage that I can support a family with If I someday choose to have one. I don't like jobs that are dangerous or require me to hold power over others (Police officer, management, pipefitter, electrician etc.) I am willing to go to college for a degree but I would prefer as little schooling as possible, I hated highschool and I doubt that college would be much different in terms of the structure and homework. Does anyone have any ideas for what careers would be a good fit for INTP's like me?



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    As a fellow INTP I would recommend potted plant. No heavy lifting, you're indoors, get a nice place by the window and someone comes by once or twice a week to water you.

    But watch out for the cat. "Bad Mr. Fuzzy boots, BAD!!"
    Last edited by Not that guy; 04-03-2017 at 08:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not that guy View Post
    As a fellow INTP I would recommend potted plant. No heavy lifting, you're indoors, get a nice place by the window and someone comes by once or twice a week to water you.

    But watch out for the cat. "Bad Mr. Fuzzy boots, BAD!!"
    I second this. Potted plant is the way to go. Specifically, some type of cactus is probably the best. You don't need much water, and the spikes keep unruly creatures from messing with you.

    These days, potted plant is the best profession. The second best profession is house cat, but only if your staff members are competent.

    Edit: Okay, okay. Serious-ish answer. I don't know much about you, so I have to stereotype based on you saying you're INTP. It's funny that you didn't enjoy high school...I can understand not enjoying the social aspects, but it's hard to believe you didn't enjoy any of the subjects you studied.

    Any academic institution is going to feel like a rut at times, whether it's grade school or college. A lot of people enjoy reading, but they suddenly hate reading when they're forced to do it for a grade. The same goes for "real world" work; you might enjoy it on your own time, but when someone is holding your continued employment over your head to do it well and do it fast, it suddenly becomes less fun.

    For now, though, think of a subject you enjoy. INTPs tend to do well with mathematics or possibly computer science. Physics and/or astronomy would also be good choices if you could get into them. If you have the opportunity to go to college, do it. Go to a public, in-state college rather than some private, out-of-state college with ridiculous tuition; you'll thank yourself later when your student loans are a little more manageable.

    You don't even have to declare a major at first. I was undeclared during my first year of college, but eventually computer science just kind of clicked for me after I took the introductory course in it. Maybe you'll have a similar experience for that or some other subject.

    Society seems to pressure young people to figure their lives out before they're 20, but that's just not realistic anymore. You can make a good guess and avoid degrees that won't sustain a family (e.g. most liberal arts majors), but the main point of an undergraduate degree is to show that you are able to learn, not necessarily that you're an expert in some specific field.

    I had a lot of stress about this stuff, too. It's not easy. But if you can find some way to go to a reasonably reputable school without racking up huge amounts of debt, it's probably worth doing. The experience you gain in college (and no, I don't mean partying) is very valuable in terms of personal development and broadening your horizons.
    Last edited by RocketSurgeon; 04-04-2017 at 03:52 PM.

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    For me, excel experience has afforded me the chance at a nice, quiet and well-paying desk job. It is fairly easy to get good at excel and is a nice doorway to sql/other languages which may be useful to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robertfrankum View Post
    I hope this is the right location for this post, it's the first one I've made on this site. I'm sure this is a common problem for people but I honestly have no idea what I want to do with my career. I don't care too much about material items or wealth, however I do need a decent wage that I can support a family with If I someday choose to have one. I don't like jobs that are dangerous or require me to hold power over others (Police officer, management, pipefitter, electrician etc.) I am willing to go to college for a degree but I would prefer as little schooling as possible, I hated highschool and I doubt that college would be much different in terms of the structure and homework. Does anyone have any ideas for what careers would be a good fit for INTP's like me?
    What is your hobby or interest?


     

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