ENFP Career Choices – What Really Matters?

ENFP careers advice - what do you want your life to be likeIf you’re planning a career change, or wondering what your ideal career would be, you’ve probably started looking at various industries, or musing about specific job titles.  Maybe you’ve imagined what it would be like to be a movie producer, marketing executive, social worker, web developer or psychologist.

If you’re having a hard time making your mind up you could be forgiven as there are a lot of career choices out there.

Here’s another way of looking at it which may make your decision easier.

What do you want your life to be like?

Yes that’s right.  Not…….

What do you want to be?

No mention of job titles, skills or qualifications.  Nor of salary.

The focus here is on what you really want from your life.  Just a basic, but very fundamental question about what you value most that I learned while training as a career consultant with Valerie Young.

ENFP career choices are related to life choices

When you were making your first career choices it’s likely that no-one ever asked you what you wanted your life to be like.  But for ENFPs this is something vital to consider as we are so motivated by our personal values.

What do you want your life to be like?

Have you ever thought about this?  I mean really thought about it?

Even if it’s not something you’ve consciously considered, you may well find that although you’re not yet clear on the specific details you have some ideas, firm ideas even, about the things in life that are most important to you.

They may include:

•    Your family
•    Personal freedom
•    Keeping learning
•    Excitement and enjoying life
•    The environment
•    Your personal ethical standards
•    Making a contribution to society
•    Having children
•    Having fun and a variety of experiences
•    A certain standard of living

Knowing what’s most important to you will help to lead you in the right direction and stop you going too far off-track at any stage.  For example, if personal freedom is very important to you, it would be useful to keep that in mind if you were looking at a job that entailed a 50 – 60 hour work week on top of a lengthy commute.

It’s like that old saying “no-one ever lies on their death bed regretting that they didn’t spend more time at work.”

Next steps

Once you’ve decided what’s most important to you, you can use this to help you choose your overall direction as well as deciding whether a specific job is right for you.

 


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