ENFP healthcare careers opportunity

We know a lot of ENFPs interested in healthcare careers whether its a conventional medicine career or a holistic healthcare option.  And we hear from ENFPs in traditional medical fields who aren’t that happy with their career choice (just read the comments under some of the posts to see what I mean) so we wanted to make sure you all knew that the Whole Health Medicine Institute started by author, MD and visionary healer Dr Lissa Rankin has recently opened for its 2016 intake.

Now I’m s big fan of Lissa’s work – her books, her teaching programs and her mission to heal healthcare – so I wanted to make sure that anyone who was interested knew about this pioneering and healing program.

For the past few years, the Whole Health Medicine Institute Physician Training program has been training health care providers to practice medicine according to Lissa’s Mind Over Medicine philosophy, as shared in her New York Times bestselling book, featured on her National Public Television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine, and communicated in her three TEDx talks.

What will the program cover and why is it different?

Lissa has described this pioneering and healing as follows: “We’ll be teaching you how to use a six-step process for helping clients diagnose the real reason they’re sick, getting clear on what their bodies are trying to communicate with them, making life decisions aimed at improving the health of their minds, and learning how to use their intuition to combine Western medicine with self-healing mind-body medicine techniques aimed at decreasing the body’s “fight-or-flight” stress responses and activating the body’s innate natural self-repair mechanisms.

We’ll also be empowering you to heal yourself so you can offer your healing art from a place of fullness, rather than from depletion”.

Just look at the expert faculty she has teaching. I’m willing to bet you’ve got at least one, if not many more, books by these folks:

  • Deepak Chopra
  • Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Bernie Siegel
  • Tosha Silver
  • Steve Sisgold

…And many more…

Who is the program open to?

Unlike a lot of training programs which are limited to MDs this one is a much more inclusive as they realise that MDs don’t always have the necessary time to spend with their clients, so they open the program to other aligned health practitioners who may have more time to work one-on-one with clients.

For that reason, those qualified to participate include any licensed health care provider, such as nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, physician assistants, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, nutritionists, dentists, life coaches, health coaches, and other health care providers and healers, as well as physician, and any other type of healer who feels called to bring care back to health care.

When does it start?

The 2016 Whole Health Medicine Institute Program, starts in May 2016 and continues for 3 transformative months.

Why do people attend the Whole Health Medicine Program?

Some health care providers are motivated to undergo this training for personal reasons, for example to improve their own health or knowledge. Others simply want to learn new tools they will incorporate into an existing successful medical practice within the conventional medical system.

Still others are looking for ways to escape the conventional medical system (and you’ll find comments from a few people in that situation on this site).

So if you’re in healthcare or an allied field and looking to make a career change or add some valuable skills we think this program is worth having a look at.

Is Fear Making Your Career Choices?

Fear can run your career searchHappy Halloween! You may be wondering if talking about fear at Halloween is just gimmicky or whether it’s actually relevant to your search for a career you enjoy.

The fact is that fear can be the one thing that can make or break your career dreams.

Does that sound a bit dramatic?

If you’ve ever tried to do something new and challenging in your career, maybe a career change or a promotion, think back to how it felt?

Did you feel anxious?  Stressed?  Maybe your mind started focusing on the things that could go wrong?  If it did it’s not surprising.  Actually it’s completely natural as our brains are hard-wired to keep us safe and this can make stepping out of our comfort zone a really rough ride.

So what does this mean for your career?

The fact that there’s a part of our brain trying to keep us safe makes sense from a survival point of view but it can cause havoc if you’re trying to do something new and different like change career.

Logically, we know that a life or death situation like an encounter with a bear is very different to making a career change.  The problem is that the part of our brain that controls fear can’t tell the difference.  It can interpret both as a threat to our safety… so it kicks into action making us anxious and more likely to make the safe choice.

In doing this it stops us from taking risks.  And sometimes it can stop us from doing anything at all!

How fear can show up in your career choices

As you look for a career that you really enjoy you may find fear showing up in some of the following ways. A couple of these are quite specific to ENFPS but there’s also one that seems to apply to most people.

1. Fear of making the wrong career choice…again
This can be a big one for us ENFP personality types.  Some of us have changed career many times and are worried about being labeled as job hoppers.  Others have so many ideas they don’t know where to start.

Either way procrastination can set in. You can end up making no decision and getting stuck in that analysis paralysis that’s so familiar to some of us ENFPs.

2. Fear of disappointing the people around you
This one can be an issue for ENFPs who’ve changed directions in their careers.  The people around us can get fed up with our many ideas and what they see as our inconsistency.

It can also be a challenge for people who want to break the mold and do something different to their family and friends. For example if you come from a family who have a long tradition or expectation that family members will have a certain type of professional career, it can be very difficult to strike out do something completely different like become an artist or entrepreneur.

Think back to that time when you tried to do something new and challenging.  Did you have the support of the people around you?  If you did, did this make it easier for you?  If you didn’t, do you think that made the whole thing harder?

We all like to fit in and who doesn’t want their family and friends to be proud of them, but at what cost?

There’s research which shows that the fear of not meeting the expectations of others is one of the key factors in people not going for what they want, not achieving their dreams. Sobering thought isn’t it!

3. Fear of failure
This is one of those fears that seems to be pretty much universal and it can stop us dead in our tracks.  But here’s the thing – if you don’t try you’ve failed already.

What can you do about it?

To make sure that fear isn’t making your career decisions for you two of the most important things you can do are:

  • Get some support and
  • Start taking action

Getting the support you need
By support we don’t mean just anybody.  You need to have people who believe in you and in your search to find the best career path. If you don’t feel you have a support system like that in your life yet you can find more info about it here.

Getting started
A great way to combat fear is by taking action.  This is particularly important if you find yourself procrastinating and endlessly thinking about or discussing possibilities without ever doing anything about any of them.

The real benefit of taking action is that you start to get feedback on the choices that you’re making.  Without that feedback you’re not going to be able to make clearer decisions.

This is your career we’re talking about here so we’re not suggesting quick or drastic changes.  But in our next post we’ll be outlining a tried and tested method for getting feedback on potential new job choices in a way that won’t negatively impact your career. And you’ll probably enjoy it enjoy it!

Want variety in your career? Try working abroad.

ENFP careers overseasMany of the ENFPs I know love travel and meeting people from new cultures.  Some extend those interests to their careers and work abroad, but not as many as you might expect.  That’s a real shame as working in a different country and a living in a different culture is a great experience personally and professionally, even if you’re only there for a short time.

A common remark people make when we talk about this is that they would love to work aboard, but that it’s for other people as it’s really hard to do.  In some instances they are right, especially if you’re talking about a professional job, for example getting an international transfer with a large company can be difficult to do these days, but then that’s not the chosen career path of many ENFPs.

But there are many others ways to work abroad if you want to, backdoors in if you will.  How do I know?  Because I’ve done it myself and seen a lot of others who’ve done it, so many of the suggestions below are tried and tested.

And just so we’re clear, what we’re talking about here are professional jobs, not the working holiday abroad ones often taken by students.  Not that there’s anything wrong with those, they’re great, but I’m assuming that the folks reading this may want to do a bit more than tend bar or wait tables.

So here are 12 ideas that could help you start a career working abroad

1. International recruitment agencies

Just as you might be familiar with recruiters  and recruitment agencies locally, there are firms which specialize in doing this on a global basis.  Some have an industry specific focus whereas others work only in particular countries.

2. Local, in-country recruitment professionals

Most countries have many established companies and individuals specializing in recruitment. However you’ll find that the structure of the recruitment industry varies from country to country so before contacting local recruiters, head hunters or recruitment agencies, make sure you are familiar with how they work.

3. Apply to online jobs adverts in other countries

Some companies are open to receiving applications from overseas candidates, notably those in fast growing industries like some areas of high-tech, and those which have a shortage of specific skills.  Advances in recruitment technology make this easier as many jobs are now posted online making them viewable globally.   Also video interviewing is increasingly being used as a lower cost method of screening and interviewing overseas candidates, particularly by technology companies.

4. Build a network in your professional field

Starting to build your network in the country you wish to move to has many advantages, not least of which is that it can be a good way to get a heads-up on vacancies that you may otherwise not see.

This is especially the case if you are interested in accessing the 70%-80% of open positions in many professional fields that are unadvertised, i.e., the hidden job market (yes, it’s true, many, many jobs at all levels don’t even get advertised!!).  One of the most effective ways to identify potential contacts and build working relationships with them is using social media.

5. Contact partner organizations

Do you currently have a job which involves liaising or working with companies in the country where you want to work?  If so, your contacts there may be able to assist you by notifying you of jobs with that company, helping you build a network of local contacts and giving you background on the local job market.

6. Get help from friends in your target country

Do you know anyone who lives in the country you would like to work in?  Even if they do not work in the same industry, they may be able to help you build a network of local contacts by making introductions as well as giving you background on the local job market

7. Look for jobs abroad advertised on social media

Social media sites are now some of the best places to hear about job vacancies with many companies posting jobs on Twitter and LinkedIn and as many as 70% of recruiters using social media to find good candidates.

As with online jobs, some companies are open to hiring candidates from abroad and using social media sites has the advantage that people will be able to see your profiles and social networking activity to see how good a fit for the role you would be.

8. Work abroad with your spouse/partner

If you have a spouse or partner also consider whether their qualifications and experience will allow them to apply for work overseas as there may be parts of the world where their skills are in more demand than yours.  You could then apply for work locally when you moved.

9. Study abroad and look for a job after graduating

This is a popular route with students as many countries allow foreign students to stay and look for work after having studied there.  The immigration sites of most countries will have further details of your options on this one.

10. Ask for help

Making everyone in your circle of family and friends aware that you are looking for career opportunities abroad may sound too obvious a strategy to be useful, but I’ve seen it work several times.

If you are still employed you need to exercise a bit of caution on this one to avoid letting your current boss know that you are job hunting, but asking for help from family members and close friends can be very effective.

Each time I’ve seen this work the new positions were spotted by family members who saw the jobs advertised when they were reading their usual online or offline publications.  If they hadn’t known that their son/cousin/friend was interested in opportunities they would just have overlooked them.

11. Work in a sector where there’s overseas demand for your skills

Your opportunity to work abroad will to some extent be determined by the level of demand for skills and expertise in your industry sector.  This will vary from country to country and most governments have lists on their respective immigration sites about the skill areas where there is currently demand for professionals from abroad.

Areas of high demand in many countries often include IT, some areas of healthcare, marketing and skills related to new and cool, growing industries like renewable energy.

12. Get a local job with a lot of international travel

If you can’t get a job abroad, or are not yet quite sure if that’s the route you want to take, this could be a good interim step.

A position based in your home country but allowing a lot of international travel can be a good way to get exposure to other working cultures and practices before making the commitment of a move abroad.  You’ll probably find that you gain many of the benefits of working abroad without having to relocate.

Wherever you go, send me a postcard when you get there!

Forget Careers – What Do You Want Your Life To Be Like?

ENFP careers adviceAs we saw in ENFP Career Choices – What Really Matters, the question What do you want your life to be like? can be used to help you to evaluate career choices on the basis of how they match up with your life’s priorities.

To do this, draw up 2 columns or lists with your priorities in one and the reality of the job* or career path in the other.  Then weigh the two up.

Here’s an example for a job in PR at a major company that on the surface sounds great.

Values and priorities
•    Plenty of family time and personal time
•    Some down time and good quality of life
•    Like to travel
•    Money not that important really
•    Want variety and change
•    Like lots of people contact
•    Don’t like conflict
•    Like new ideas

Although some aspects of the job sound great, the whole picture isn’t quite as rosy:
•    50-60 hour work weeks depending on client demands
•    Long commute
•    Expected to always be reachable and…checking email in evenings and on weekends
•    20% travel….but business travel with long meetings isn’t my idea of fun travel
•    Great salary + perks (nice!)
•    Job may be a bit boring once I’ve got the hang of it (not so nice)
•    Seems like a really nice team
•    Quite a lot of company politics
•    Not very progressive in their ways and don’t seem that open to new ideas

Writing it down makes all the difference

At this stage you may well be thinking that it’s easy to do an exercise like this quickly in your head.

And it is, but that way it’s easy to miss things out. Or focus on one particular aspect of a job and not take account of the whole picture.

For example, it’s easy to be swayed by a large pay packet.  But if your priorities include a good quality of life you may need to weigh up a long commute and long hours on the job against a good salary.

You may also find it helpful to talk it through with a friend or someone who can offer an independent viewpoint

Listen to your intuition

Very importantly, remember to take into account not just the tangible aspects of the job like the salary and job duties, but the intangible things as well.

  • It can be hard to pinpoint these as they are very personal to you, but they could include:
  • How you feel about the people in a particular place
  • Would working with them be enjoyable or fraught with problems and conflict?
  • How good is the morale inside the organization?
  • How do you feel about any politics you may have to put up with
  • Expectations about regular out of hours working?

These intangible and very personal things may not sound like much, and for some people they may not matter, but for an ENFP they could well be the deciding factors.

In fact many of the people who have low scores on the ENFP careers quiz on this site say that not only do they dislike the daily duties of their job, but they are also unhappy with the people they work with and the atmosphere that they work in.

So if you’re having trouble finding the right career, or deciding between two jobs, consider very carefully what you want your life to be like.

This will help you to clarify your priorities and show you how any given career choice fits in with them.

Or not!


*we’re purposely specifying the reality of the job as it’s all too easy to get carried away with the imagined possibilities and positive aspects of a job. For example the excitement, the thrill, the people, the opportunities, the travel etc, etc. and gloss over the nitty-gritty aspects that are needed to do the job on a day-to-day basis…the commute, the paperwork, the politics, the budgets.


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.


ENFP jobs…and the ones to avoid!

ENFP careers adviceShould you be a writer or an underwriter, an engineer or an entrepreneur?  What about a designer or a detective?  If you’re looking for a job or career path to suit ENFPs have a look at the list below by Mark Myers.

If you’re looking for more suggestions of careers for us ENFPs we’ll be starting to add some more over the coming weeks and months.  In the meantime, have a look at the list we put together of the jobs that we most often hear ENFPs say they don’t enjoy.

Jobs for ENFPs

Actors, journalists, writers, musicians, painters, consultants, psychologists, psychiatrists, entrepreneurs, teachers, counselors, politicians, diplomats, television reporters, marketers, scientists, sales representatives, artists, clergy, public relations, social scientists, social workers.  Very creative and fun-loving, ENFP personalities excel at careers which allow them to express their ideas and spontaneity.

ENFP Careers to Avoid

As well as reading the list of ENFP careers, have a look at the careers listed for all the other types as well as you may get some ideas of careers that you aren’t as well suited for.

Suggested Careers For Myers Briggs Test Personality Types – guest post by Mark Myers

During times of a major economic downturn many people decide to change their career. Usually a major career change will require that you go back to school. Going back to school can be a tough decision especially if you have already started your career. To help decide which career type you should follow we have created a list of careers that are best suited for each of the 16 Myers Briggs personality types.

Military, business administrators, managers, police/detective work, judges, financial officers, teachers, sales representatives, government workers, insurance agents, underwriters, nursing administrators, trade and technical teachers, mafia dons. Natural leaders, they work best when they are in charge and enforcing the rules.

Business executives, administrators and managers, accountants, police, detectives, judges, lawyers, medical doctors, dentists, computer programmers, systems analysts, computer specialists, auditors, electricians, math teachers, mechanical engineers, steelworkers, technicians, militia members. Similar to the ESTJ, they have a knack for detail and memorization, but work more behind the scenes instead of up front as a leader.

Home economics, nursing, teaching, administrators, child care, family practice physician, clergy, office managers, counselers, social workers, bookkeeping, accounting, secretaries, organization leaders, dental assistants, homemakers, radiological technologists, receptionists, religious educators, speech pathologists.. They do best in jobs where they can apply their natural warmth at building relationships with other people.

Interior decorators, designers, nurses, administrators, managers, secretaries, child care/early childhood development, social work, counselors, paralegals, clergy, office managers, shopkeepers, bookkeepers, homemakers, gardeners, clerical supervisors, curators, family practice physicians, health service workers, librarians, medical technologists, typists. Tradition-oriented and down-to-earth, they do best in jobs where they can help people achieve their goals, or where structure is needed.

Sales representatives, marketers, police, detectives, paramedics, medical technicians, computer technicians, computer technical support, entrepreneurs, comedians, agents, race car drivers, firefighters, military, loan sharks, con men, auditors, carpenters, craft workers, farmers, laborers, service workers, transportation operatives. They have a gift for reacting to and solving immediate problems, and persuading other people.

Police, detectives, forensic pathologists, computer programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, engineers, carpenters, mechanics, pilots, drivers, athletes, entrepreneurs, firefighters,  paramedics, construction workers, dental hygienists, electrical engineers, farmers, military, probation officers, steelworkers, transportation operatives, hit men. With the ability to stay calm under pressure, they excel in any job which requires immediate action.

Actors, painters, comedians, adult entertainers, sales representatives, teachers, counselors, social workers, child care, fashion designers, interior decorators, consultants, photographers, musicians, human resources managers, clerical supervisors, coaches, factory supervisors, food service workers, receptionists, recreation workers, religious educators, respiratory therapists.  Optimistic and fun-loving, their enthusiasm is great for motivating others.

Artists, musicians, composers, designers, child care workers, social workers, counselers, teachers, veterinarians, forest rangers, naturalists, bookkeepers, carpenters, personal service workers, clerical supervisors, secretaries, dental and medical staffers, waiters and waitresses, chefs, nurses, mechanics, physical therapists, x-ray technicians. They tend to do well in the arts, as well as helping others and working with people.

Teachers, consultants, psychiatrists, social workers, counselers, clergy, sales representative, human resources, managers, events coordinators, politicians, diplomats, writers, actors, designers, homemakers, musicians, religious workers, writers. They have a gift of encouraging others actualize themselves, and provide excellent leadership.

Counselers, clergy, missionaries, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, chiropractors, psychologists, psychiatrists, writers, musicians, artists, psychics, photographers, child care workers, education consultants, librarians, marketeers, scientists, social workers.. Blessed with an idealistic vision, they do best when they seek to make that vision a reality.

Actors, journalists, writers, musicians, painters, consultants, psychologists, psychiatrists, entrepreneurs, teachers, counselors, politicians, diplomats, television reporters, marketers, scientists, sales representatives, artists, clergy, public relations, social scientists, social workers.. Very creative and fun-loving, ENFP personalities excel at careers which allow them to express their ideas and spontaneity.

Writers, artists, counselors, social workers, English teachers, fine arts teachers, child care workers, clergy, missionaries, psychologists, psychiatrists, scientists, political activists, editors, education consultants, journalists, religious educators, social scientists.. Driven by a strong sense of personal values, they are also highly creative and can offer support from behind the scenes.

Business executives, CEOs, organization founders, business administrators, managers, entrepreneurs, judges, lawyers, computer consultants, university professors, politicians, credit investigators, labor relations worker, marketing department manager, mortgage banker, systems analysts, scientists. They are born to lead and can steer the organization towards their vision, using their excellent organizing and understanding of what needs to get done.

Scientists, engineers, professors, teachers, medical doctors, dentists, corporate strategists, organization founders, business administrators, managers, military, lawyers, judges, computer programmers, system analysts, computer specialists, psychologists, photographers, research department managers, researchers, university instructors, chess players. They have a particular skill at grasping difficult, complex concepts and building strategies.

Entrepreneurs, lawyers, psychologists, photographers, consultants, sales representatives, actors, engineers, scientists, inventors, marketers, computer programmers, comedians, computer analysts, credit investigators, journalists, psychiatrists, public relations, designers, writers, artists, musicians, politicians. Very freedom-oriented, they need a career which allows them to act independent and express their creativity and insight.

Physicists, chemists, biologists, photographers, strategic planners, mathematicians, university professors, computer programmers, computer animators, technical writers, engineers, lawyers, forensic researchers, writers, artists, psychologists, social scientists, systems analysts, researchers, surveyors. Highly analytical, they can discover connections between two seemingly unrelated things, and work best when allowed to use their imagination and critical thinking.

Mark Myers – Myers Briggs tests can be found at PersonalValuation.com