INFP Careers

Your Type and Your Career



Understanding your preferences as an INFP Careers 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

  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Can be good at persuading others about things you believe passionately in
  • Concerned for helping and including others
  • Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Look for work that has a purpose
  • Curious and creativeWant to know how understanding your personality can help you choose the right career?

  • Constantly looking for new ideas and possibilities
  • Good at seeing the big picture
  • Very loyal to people or organisations that you believe in
  • Excellent written communication skills

Your preferred work environment

  • Need an organisation that is aligned with your own deeply held values
  • Supportive and co-operative atmosphere
  • Focuses on values that meet the needs of others
  • Allows time and space for privacy and reflection
  • Calm and quiet
  • Loosely structured and unbureaucratic
  • Colleagues who share your values and sense of purpose
  • Rewards personal development

Your leadership style

  • Can be good team builder around a common vision
  • Facilitative rather than directive in style
  • Will lead in your own unique and individual way
  • Will be encouraging and supportive of your team
  • Good at helping others develop their potential
  • Low key and relaxed leadership style
  • Will prefer to work one-to-one with team members

INFP weaknesses to watch out for

  • May spend too long thinking and planning and be slow to move to action
  • Weak at getting the detail right
  • Resist working within a tightly structured system
  • May find it hard to be tough when this is needed
  • May prevaricate and struggle to meet deadlines
  • Can find routine work meaningless and frustrating and so ignore it
  • May overlook practical details when caught up with a vision that inspires you
  • Can find competitive environments a challenge
  • Need time alone and may find too much team work difficult

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 INFP 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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