ENFP Careers

Your Type and Your Career




Understanding your preferences as an ENFP will make it easier to
identify what is likely to feel ‘right’ for you at work and help you
when you are planning a career change.The best employment options for you will allow you to use your natural strengths and limit your exposure to tasks and situations that will drain you.

Here are some suggestions about what is likely to suit you in terms of personal strengths at work, preferred environment and your leadership style. There is also an indication of possible areas of weakness you should watch out for when you are assessing career change ideas.

Your strengths at work

  • Warm and enthusiastic
  • Ingenious and imaginative
  • Quick to find novel and innovative solutions
  • Naturally co-operative and willing to help others
  • Good at improvising
  • Excellent people skills
  • Service orientated
  • Good communicator
  • Energise others with their enthusiasm
  • Appreciate others’ contributions

Want to know how understanding your personality can help you choose the right career?

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Your preferred work environment

  • Lively, busy and colourful
  • Provides opportunities to be creative
  • Colleagues who share their creativity, energy and enthusiasm
  • Unstructured and free flowing
  • Constant variety and change is the order of the day
  • Offers opportunities for collaboration and team working
  • Allows you to work at your own pace and in your own unconventional way
  • Environment where your ingenuity is appreciated and valued

Your leadership style

  • Energetic and enthusiastic
  • Great at inspiring and catalysing new ideas and projects
  • Will happily be the spokesperson especially for people orientated causes
  • Great team builder and work well with diversity
  • Notice what it takes to get others on board
  • Will seek out alternative solutions to keep people and projects moving forward
  • Fun to be around

Weaknesses you should watch out for

  • Can be very last minute which can be a challenge for your  colleagues
  • May get bored with the follow through and the detail of projects
  • Dislike being pinned down to set procedures and systems
  • Can be needy of appreciation and approval from others
  • May dig your heels in if over-managed by others
  • Enthusiasm may lead you to over extend yourself
  • Tend to want to do what appeals and avoid what needs to be done
  • Need others to energise you so do less well when working solo

These points should help you identify if a job or an area of work is worth considering. But remember that there are successful people of ALL types in ALL jobs. Particular types may find certain areas of work especially satisfying and others more challenging.

Use your understanding of your own ENFP preferences to help you explore and develop your career ideas, not to limit them.

Not sure if this is you?

Then take a look at the other similar types, where only one of the preferences is different. You may find that they are a more comfortable ‘fit’.


Interested in personality?

If you are interested in how your personality affects your career change click here to read how your approaches to job search can be influenced by the type of person you are.

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Amy Thomas

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