Introvert or Extrovert: How Personality Influences Your Career Options

More often than not, talk about the job market revolves around companies looking for the right person to fill a particular job. And there’s plenty of advice available to help you prove that you’re that person. But have you ever thought about flipping the script? If you think about it, finding the right job for the person is just as important. Especially when you’re talking about a career, each of us has a  unique personality, and some jobs are just better suited to who we are. Sure, our skills and aptitudes play a big part in our career choices, but the way we look at the world may also impact the best career options.

The Best Career Options for Introverts and Extroverts

In simple terms, introverts are perceived as those who are less comfortable interacting with others, particularly strangers. On the other hand, people perceive extroverts as more gregarious, outgoing, and enjoy interacting with everyone. But what introversion or extraversion really comes down to is how we reenergize. Introverts tend to find their comfort zone in more calming spaces. In contrast, extroverts draw energy from being around other people more often.

Of course, these are the extremes. Most of us fall somewhere in between. But understanding which direction we lean can provide valuable insight into the career options that would make us the happiest. In many cases, you can easily recognize the jobs best suited to each personality type. After all, a long-haul truck driver obviously spends a great deal of time alone. Conversely, a party planner needs to interact with people all day and know a lot about how to have fun in a group. But just like people, most jobs fall somewhere in between.

To better understand how your personality might lead you toward the perfect career, check out this infographic from CAS. Here, you’ll learn which career might provide the best fit for who you are. And if you’re unhappy in the career you’ve chosen, it just might help you understand why.

First, make sure the job is right for you, then make sure you’re the right person for the job.


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