Introverts, if we put our minds to it, we can do everything extroverts can. But the truth is: Maybe we shouldn’t… See, forcing yourself to be more outgoing, ignoring your need for alone time, and “faking it until you make it” will ultimately just leave you drained and unhappy. Why? Because you’re trying to work …
Work and Productivity
It’s the end of your work day. You come home, throw your purse on the ground, and plop on the couch. This is where you’ll spend the rest of your evening. Why? Because your job is draining the life out of you. You don’t want to interact with anyone and can’t even muster the energy to do your hobbies.
After over 6 years of teaching, part of me still feels like it’s silly to give up. I’ve spent countless hours and dollars boosting my qualifications, building up a fine-looking resumé, and adding years of experience, so that I can land virtually any teaching job that I want at this point. But at the end of the day, when I’m exhausted and feeling increasingly unfulfilled by my job, I know in my gut that something isn’t right.
Yes, it’s true. For the introverts out there, it comes as no surprise that our extroverted colleagues reap all the rewards in the workplace. Their accomplishments are recognized more, they’re able to easily win managers over, and their ideas are the ones that, far too frequently, drive discussions. But it doesn’t just stop here. In a 2015 study done by Truity Psychometrics LLC, extroverts also make more money than introverts.
Introverts need jobs like everyone else, but not all careers work WITH our personality type and many in fact work against it. We need jobs that suit us introverts and help us lead happier, healthier lives. Introverts by definition are people who recharge when they’re alone, and expend energy when they’re in social situations. So let’s take a look at 17 perfect jobs for introverts, so that you can escape your draining 9-5 and find one that suits your life and introversion better.