Wondering why? Well here is a list of obstacles that keep Introverts from finding a happy and fulfilling career.
Why Many Introverts Are Unhappy with Their Careers
1). Introverts are more likely to look for a job that’s meaningful
This is mostly because Introverts derive their motivation not only from their paycheck but also from the work that is meaningful and purpose driven.
2). Office Structure & layout
Most of the offices have now adopted open office layouts that can bombard introverts with lot of external stimuli making it difficult for them to concentrate on their work without distractions.
3). Job Interviews & appraisals are skewed towards extroverted traits
More often than not managers prize social ability over concrete competence and skills even if the job in question is not a people facing role.
This environment is difficult for Introverts to thrive in because they do not like a lot of social interaction or people facing roles.
4). Most managers are not trained to get the most out of their Introvert employees
Most managers don’t realize that introverts bring their unique skill set to the workplace and hence fail to make the most out of their unique skill set.
Introverts, feeling exhausted yet?
Being an Introvert myself, I can feel you.
I don’t feel any of these are the primary root causes of why Introverts feel unsatisfied in their careers. I think most of the Introverts feel unfulfilled at work because we were not raised to truly understand and embrace our Introversion traits.
As a result, we struggle to choose the education and career that would most suit our personality type.
Personally, I did not even know what an introvert is until my twenties let alone knowing that I was one.
But once I realized, there was no looking back as I took charge of my career choices and chose only those work assignments that suited my strengths & needs and gave me an opportunity to unleash my fullest potential.
For all my fellow Introvert friends here, I have compiled a list of Introvert strengths and best jobs that suits us Introverts.
Here we go: Introverts strength in the workplace.
Our society is culturally conditioned to value the trait of extraversion over introversion. Right from the young age we are wired to believe that only extroverts can be effective leaders and get work done. We have been wired to equate extroversion with competence and skill.
But that has been changing as the world is waking up to the incredible strengths that Introverts bring to the workplace.
- Introverts are focused, diligent, analytical and extremely productive with very little oversight. That makes them great at executing tasks.
- They are even great at planning as they are visionaries who can see the big picture perspective and connect the dots and come up with elaborate and detail oriented plans.
- And we have not even started talking about how great they are at being naturally creative, thanks to their quiet time and introspection that leads to their rich inner world.
- Introverts can also be great leaders because they are very empathetic and sensitive and take time to listen to their team members. People are naturally drawn to them due to their empathetic and humane nature.
The Best Jobs for Introverts
The strengths listed above are the best guides for Introverts for finding a happy and fulfilling career.
Here are my top 11 career recommendations for introverts:
1) Legal Profession
When we think of the legal profession, we mostly picture extroverted people who are always up for debate? Right?