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This is a discussion on Jobs/Careers held by INTP's within the INTP Forum - The Thinkers forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Originally Posted by Word Dispenser ... ... How? Originally Posted by MattNYNC Can I, by any chance, have your autograph? ...
I like the idea of turning science into useful products (biofuels, for example) and selling them. What I don't like is being forced to do things that would make Patrick Bateman blanch just to keep getting a paycheck.
We'll see what happens, maybe I'll get really into the paper writing/mentoring stuff...
I've worked a lot of retail, done some teaching, spent time as a freelance writer/editor, played around in marketing, dabbled in crisis management, and currently work in advertising. Eventually, I'll go for graduate studies in software engineering or clinical psychology.
I recommend trying things until you find what you like, obviously.
I started out as a freelancer, and I recommend it, especially if you're considering corporate marketing/advertising. It can be hard to get started, but if I could give three tips to myself starting out, they'd be:
1) Update your Twitter as often as possible.
2) If you don't have paying work, start something that should be and spin it until it is.
3) A good portion of your job is looking for paying projects, so... do that all the time.
The worst part of being a freelancer is that you have to drive yourself forward, and you have to do it constantly, and often for jobs that pay pennies a word. It's hard to make it on a freelance salary.
The best part: you're entirely in control, don't have to answer to anyone, can choose your projects, and don't have to bother with social niceties 95% of the time.
Hmm...well, I've been told that I would make a good English teacher, writer, photographer, or vetrinarian.
I have always loved photography and it is one of my hobbies. Right now, I'm majoring in Captive Wildlife Care and Education (my childhood dream job) and minoring in Psychology. I constantly ask myself if this career is the right choice...and I'm not sure. I am indecisive, as always.
1. Can you elaborate on your #2 a little bit?
2. I know that editing/proofing can pay pretty low (but there are some specialty areas that you can charge a decent rate - i.e., science), but original writing can pay pretty decent. Some copywriting can pay low, but there are some good wages for good, professional copy. I'm not talking about writing an internet article for $4 - I'm talking more about writing an annual report for a business, or an advertising campaign, etc.
3. You mentioned not having to deal with niceties 95% of the time, but I've heard that customers can be really annoying, pesky, and anal, which basically wears on you. Was that your experience?
I also agree with you - I think most people tend to underestimate the amount of time/effort that needs to be put into drumming up business on a consistent basis.