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    I'm looking through jobs and I feel like I fall in-between the stereotypically creative NP ones and the stereotypically corporate/administrative SJ ones.

    I'm not sure whether I have too binary a take on things or whether my outlook is too negative and I should think of NJness as the best of both worlds rather than not quite the most capable in either of them. Right now it just feels like I lack the flexibility to roll with NP things and lack the thoroughness and practical sense of the SJ. Or put differently, the NP job doesn't satisfy my need for structure and a certain seriousness whereas the SJ job seems stifling.

    Can you give me some examples of jobs that might satisfy both sides of the NJ? Or should the NJ just pick one and try to infuse the unused aspect into it?

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    Yeah, I'm looking for a new job too and I'm finding the exact type of language in the job descriptions as well. What I'm finding especially amusing/frustrating is the typical "must be detail-oriented and yet able to see larger organizational needs" or "must be able to working independently with little supervision and still be team player." If I'm working on a project for three months alone I start getting really bored

    I'm trying to focus on are jobs that have a project/program management or development trajectory that are still within a new initiative phase, maybe a few years out from launch. Preferably in a field that's going to gain even more importance in the future. Those types of jobs tend to be more open to trying something new but they still have a goal and structure to work with. I figure with them still being new, I can satisfy my desire for creativity and not be so strictly hierarchical.

    It depends on what jobs are available in your area really. I'm in DC and there are so many lobbyists and non-profits around in nearly any area of interest and it's a lot of stimulus money to be had. Program management and government contracts are really big.
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    You are introverted too, which adds another wrinkle. I'd categorize NJ friendly jobs as those that allow you optimize or problem solve. There will be boring data collection up front in any job like that though, before the brainstorming or innovating can take place. That would make it a blend of SJ and NP skills and I agree with you that NJ bridges that.

    Since you weren't specific about your interests I can't be much more specific either. Look for something with large amounts of data that needs to be analyzed and systems that need to be optimized.

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    Yes, I'm in need of feedback on this topic as well.

    I did enjoy my most recent position as a systems tester/analyst - finding bugs in code and having my hands in both the technical side of the business as well as the business side (but thank god no customer service to deal with), and I enjoyed the analysis aspect of all of it and trying to make things as clear/efficient as possible, and honing in on the larger design and system issues; the ability to look more big-picture at system implications down the road given one design, vs. the other. However, I found myself growing weary of the job after just 1.5 years, as I felt by that point I had a good grasp of everything and by that point had started to become bored. The whole Project process was becoming predictable, and I wasn't as challenged.

    I guess, although I'm not crazy about computer work in the long haul and corporate culture annoys me, it's been the best fit for me so far. I have yet to come up with a specific job/career that I could see myself not only challenged in, but also reasonably happy with, in the long run.
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    If it helps:
    • My INTJ friend does entertainment management (development and some producing). He's just starting out but enjoys it so far.
    • My INFJ friend coordinates public health projects specifically HIV/AIDS programs
    • My other INFJ friend does program managment for special populations at the Veteran's Administration
    • My other INTJ friend is educational and instructional designer....something about designing websites I'm not sure
    • I'm a education program coordinator for psychologists and psychiatrists
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    Thanks so far. It's good to know I'm not the only one that's dilemma-fied.

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    Since you weren't specific about your interests I can't be much more specific either. Look for something with large amounts of data that needs to be analyzed and systems that need to be optimized.
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    I think NJs work well in jobs that let them both develop some technical expertise in a particular topic, as well as relating to some other "object" (be it an organization, a natural setting, a programming language) in a big-picture way. INXJ make innovative researchers and good consultants, but probably are less well-suited for management jobs. ENXJs are typically innovative entrepreneurs and/or get into management in a more technical setting, even though I've also seen many of them becoming actors (it seems to be nonsensical, but I suppose Ni helps a lot in the profession).

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    Ni helps see different perspectives of things, thus it's easier to put on a mask. It makes acting easier if you can make yourself 'think' you are the character in the story.



    The above information is useful because I'll be leaving childhood behind for the real world within a year or so. I don't have much of a clue on how to get into certain positions besides the vague 'start low and build up with work.'

    My current ideas are maybe being an architect (planning, perfecting, AND creativity there... but the math involved... ugh), counselling of some kind or maybe an AFS coordinator. I still have plans open.
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    A place where they want your ideas
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    Academia seems to be a great fit for NJs (or so I'm told by NJ profs).
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