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    Default Career planning and less introspective types

    Do you think there could be a correlation between people who are less introspective and their ability to plan the perfect career from age 10 on ?

    The premise would be that you were raised anti-authority and had your freedom to choose from.

    With less introspective types, I basically have T-types in mind. But strong perceiving types can have their issues as well, tho the likelyhood is higher that they may learn about something intresting to captivate them, just by the amount of information they take in or things they try out.

    Whats your opinion on this ? Who is the perfect career planer, who is not ?
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    I am an INFJ and very introspective but I am a rubbish career planer. My brain just doesn't work that way, I tend to follow hunches and walk through doors that open just at the right moment instead of mapping out a career ten years in advance. And whenever I have made plans in advance it never worked out the way I anticipated anyway. (also surprises keep life far more interesting) And I am really not a very competitive or ambitious person so to some degree I don't give a hoot if I have this amazing career or not.

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    I don't think that more introspective correlates to planning more in advance. I would think I and N types would be more introspective, while J and maybe T types would be more likely to plan well in advance.

    You could be introspective but also inclined to continually consider your options and change your mind fairly frequently, which I would think might be common for ENTPs. I know I'm like that, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redcheerio View Post
    I don't think that more introspective correlates to planning more in advance. I would think I and N types would be more introspective, while J and maybe T types would be more likely to plan well in advance.

    You could be introspective but also inclined to continually consider your options and change your mind fairly frequently, which I would think might be common for ENTPs. I know I'm like that, anyway.
    Agree with all of this. I'm very introspective but it's never translated much into helpful action, either in the area of career or other areas. Being introspective isn't enough to build a satisfying career for yourself; you need to have discipline, drive, willingness to take risks, a solid understanding of what working in a field is actually like and the ability to look at it realistically and plan how to get there rather than just getting lost in your daydreams, and all kinds of other things I sadly lack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blankpages View Post
    Agree with all of this. I'm very introspective but it's never translated much into helpful action, either in the area of career or other areas. Being introspective isn't enough to build a satisfying career for yourself; you need to have discipline, drive, willingness to take risks, a solid understanding of what working in a field is actually like and the ability to look at it realistically and plan how to get there rather than just getting lost in your daydreams, and all kinds of other things I sadly lack.
    Yes, this, too!

    Me too, some of the things required for success I struggle with. There are so many mundane things that have to be done in every career. But at least if you stick it out, you eventually get to move onto more interesting stuff, and delegate more of the mundane stuff, (as long as you do it in a respectful way).

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    Career planning is pretty much impossible for anyone, excepting either someone with a terribly innovative idea (which might end up being the focus of his whole life), or someone with a very specific skill (say, a great sportsperson). In any other case there are a thousand variables we can't control and that will affect our "career".
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    ^^ Agreed.

    I don't think there is such a thing as a job for life so you can plan a career with the best of intentions but these days there are many variables. I'm only 32 and twice now have faced redundancy in the workplace, not that i've minded too much.

    At some point in the future i'll get a nursing degree but in the meantime i'll continue as i've done previously and thats take advantage when doors open.
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    YES.

    In my case, yes.

    I'm glad, though. I'm glad no one pushed "the perfect career" on me at 10. I may have went through a frustrated period when I had to work at crappy low-wage jobs at one point, but quite frankly I think I am better off to have had the plethora of interesting work experiences that I have had, and I've still ended up in my early 30's basically being an independent contractor who can work from home and on my own schedule.

    No, it's not ideal. Maybe if I was a big 'ol IxxJ I might have come up with something more specific and stable and structured by now...and that would be "safer" but also more "boring" and "constrictive."


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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    Do you think there could be a correlation between people who are less introspective and their ability to plan the perfect career from age 10 on ?

    The premise would be that you were raised anti-authority and had your freedom to choose from.

    With less introspective types, I basically have T-types in mind. But strong perceiving types can have their issues as well, tho the likelyhood is higher that they may learn about something intresting to captivate them, just by the amount of information they take in or things they try out.

    Whats your opinion on this ? Who is the perfect career planer, who is not ?
    I don't know. I'm very introspective and am not that way at all... Sounds like a TJ thing, as you say. I wouldn't be happy having everything set in stone. I'm like Lightyear, I just take good opportunities as they come along. I picked a really good career for me, and I'm not sure exactly where I'm going to go with it, but I think that I'll be (and already am) very successful regardless, since I never like to stay stagnant- a career should be something that develops over a lifetime- it's not one set decision or another.
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    I assumed by "introspective" he meant the clearly introverted types.

    An extrovert who doesn't introspect at all has serious problems.

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