Glad to know as I was considering law. I figured it would be as you describe. Do you expect to encounter problems with being a professor?
I imagine I'll encounter different problems. I'll be fighting my natural inability to just stay focused and finish the paper and, you know, publish it. I think any job is going to be a challenge though.
I'm willing to put up with these challenges. Law? Not so much.
Marketing - the only constant it change - it's fun, creative and has a renewal cycle which means that things move all the time
Market Research - covers a huge range of topics and allows you to manage discrete projects. It can take in all those creative urges
I know several ENTP's who have excelled at both of those
Also Advertising, but ENTP's might not be etherial enough.
The guy who say's finance - then goes on about how draining it is, might want to have a think about what happens when your in the wrong career - super draining impact. Sounds like your in it for the cash, which is OK so long as it's not forever.
I can agree to dissagree with Substitue, yes ENTP's do like to be their own bosses, own their own business, but it's worthwhile investing in getting some skills before you hit the risky business of trying to support yourself without anything to sell. I know one ENTP business owner, and he worked for other people for a long while before he took the pluge, and even then, only when the risk was pretty limited.
Good luck, and at 18, expect to have a lot of different things for a while. Most very bright people take a long while to grow into their brains. Quite frankly, your unlikely to get given a role that truely challenges you until mid to late 30's, so might as well have some fun in the mean time.
I have thought about hard of what i could do in my career to be happy. I had my share of brain cramps like most of you in the thread.
For example i like to study law(i like studying anything that will be purposeful in my immediate life) yet if i think about being a lawyer or law clerk, the fine details you have to deal with(liking to write fineprints and reading them carefully a million times) constantly would be too stressful for me to handle.
Then i thought about getting into project management which would give me more freedom to do my thing. I also have good interpersonal skills.
The problem with jobs like project managers or even being teachers is that in my opinion entps don't like to deal with setbacks or deal with people who won't do their jobs(its bound to happen at your work). I despise those co workers who are always late at meetings or handing a project in. I also taught english in korea and some of my students never did their homework and it just got too stressfull. (like many of you said this could one of many reasons we don't like to be in authority)
I'am still considering being a project manager the most right now but i'm still weighing my options after one major change in university already.
I do have something concrete to tell you though which is we might be the hardest mbti types to match a good career with. We just want everything like adventure, learn about everything, freedom, have confidence with such job we can do well but want security too. Marketing in the business i see coming the closest to these desires (maybe except the fact the security sucks). Entrepreuner fits too, but the risk of failure is a turn off
I have a couple of entp's friends who's jobs are actually playing poker and have supringly survived for the past 5 years. One elder entp who is a professor in sociology and he is happy with where he is (actually teaching people who want to do a good job in school), and lastly my neighbor who is a firefighter and loves it.
Some other cool jobs that could be good for entp's in theory are, a mediator, ombudsman(people who investigate public complaints), tour guide(enjoy watching people be amazed in a new city), market researcher, Inside sales (we like to journey to convince), sports athelete(if your good), broadcastor, journalist (lots of freedom if your talented), career counselor, consultant(though people don't realize it takes years of experience to usually become one), working as a dealer at a casino (exciting and not risking your own money), and i think most of entp's would enjoy being truck drivers because we get to discover new places and get paid.
Do you guys have much experience with teaching as an ENTP?
More and more, I'm seeing myself as an ENTP, so I'm going to go ahead and answer this one from an ENTP perspective. Call me back when you want to hear how much I care for my students' welfare and want to make the most of them as an ESFJ
I'm a full-time researcher, and I also lecture from time to time. Creating lectures on topics that I'm interested in is actually somewhat fun, because it allows me to learn about some particular topic in-depth and process it in a concise and organized way.. then, I can move on to the next topic. I also very much enjoy the mentoring role and trying to bring the best out of students. All of the lectures I've created and classes that I've taught have been one-time instances; that is, I have never lectured on the same topic twice. My lecture creation has also always been directly related to projects that I already work on; that is, I don't teach in my spare time on the side.
However, my fellow researchers tell me that the first time you teach a class on your spare time, at least at the university level, the time spent isn't worth it at all.. it's when you can refine your lectures over multiple semesters of teaching that it slowly becomes worth it. To me, this seems like it might get boring.. just rehashing the same material over and over every semester. Many of the researchers that I've identified as xSTP tend to want to teach a different class every semester despite the level of effort required to create a lecture, where others may not mind.
If you can teach a project-oriented class, say, revolving around an Integrated Product Team or something of that nature, the dynamics from semester to semester may change, too. Even if not, you'll still refine your lectures and learn lessons from semester to semester.
Overall, it might be worth a shot, especially if you can get yourself into a position where you can "dabble" in teaching first!