Hoping some of you ISTP's, or people that personally know ISTP's can help me out here. My SO types ISTP, very border INTP.. and he is having a career crises. He is not one to bitch and moan, so when he says he HATES something, I take him seriously. As an ENFP, I can't bare seeing him so unhappy! He has a degree in printing, and works on these big press machines printing newspapers and magazines. He's done it for a few years and loved it.. till about a year ago. He told me he feels very stagnant and wants OUT entirely. I've racked my brain trying to help him pinpoint a good career. Tried to help analyze his needs, qualities, etc. I will give him different ideas, and how to get into it.. but he just. can't. decide.
What jobs have you ISTPs done that you really enjoyed and are able to stick with?
He really wants to go into forestry, but where we live its very competitive and you have to have a degree AND know the right people to even get an entry level pos.
I've read that ISTP's make natural leaders, and must say that he does not like leading, at all. He Hates telling others what to do. He likes guns, survivialist stuff, ammo, hunting, and music. He plays in a local band with some of his buddies. He is not that big into motorcycles, or crazy physical sports like they say istps are. This might be just him, or because he borders s/n and p/j so closely.. i dunno.
I personally think he would do great in the fire department, but he doesn't seem very enthused. I've told him many times he would be a great cop.. but he despises govt. and the justice system, so he wont even consider.
Help! What are your experiences? Is it normal for ISTP's to still be this directionless at 29? Are there things I can do to better help him figure it out? I'm at a loss....