(Closed) Careers for Introverts

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This suggestion isn’t so much because you said you’re an introvert, but more because you mentioned liking the psychology behind marketing.  Have you thought about market/consumer research type work?  I work as a sensory scientist, and part of which includes consumer research and things like focus groups, etc.  This type of work fits into many aspects of a company (usually Research and development, marketing, or some sort of knowledge and insights team).  You might get to do some work directly with consumers (like moderating a focus group) but mostly you would work with internal teams.  I’m an introvert as well, and this line of work has been a nice balance between working with others, and individual work (data analysis portion and report writing).

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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browneyedgirl86:  Similar to 
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Mill: I was also going to suggest something research-based. You don’t generally have to interact with clients or customers and your work tends to be pretty independent. I’m a scientist and I hardly talk to anyone all day (which is a problem for me, but if you like being alone it wouldn’t be). 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I majored in General Business and took alot of marketing classes.  I enjoyed the classes, but just like you I am not a good “pushy salesperson” type.  I think that PPs have given you good advice on maybe looking into a more marketing research related position.  To me, that seems alot more appealing than having to constantly try to get people to buy things. 

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Helper bee

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browneyedgirl86:  

I feel the same way.  I just got out of college and am now looking for a job.  It seems like most entry level jobs are very sales oriented, and that is not really my strongest point.  It does seem like alot of people in marketing have bubbly and outgoing personalities.  I hope you find a good fit soon!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Lawyer! You sit in your office by yourself like 75-80% of the time drafting and reviewing documents, and 20-25% of the time you need to talk to other people, generally calls with clients or meetings with other attorneys to discuss work. There isn’t much social or personal interaction or salesmanship built into the job unless you reach the senior levels, which you almost certainly won’t (which has nothing to do with your individual merits, 99.9% of people leave before they become senior). You definitely don’t need a bubbly or people-friendly personality to do this job; in fact, if you have one, it’s a handicap because you’ll likely get depressed pretty quickly.

Upsides: the pay and benefits are great, and once you’re done with your summer internship, people rarely expect anything of you socially other than maybe an occasional work dinner or drinks outing. Downsides: the hours suck, the degree is expensive, the work is boring, and the people you work with can be very demanding. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Have you considered market/consumer research? If you like writing and consumer psychology, it could be a great fit. Depending on the amount of people interaction you like, you could do either syndicated or client work. I did syndicated consumer research and spent most of the time developing surveys and writing reports that analyzed my findings and provided strategic suggestions to the industry. Companies then paid to access these reports. I had a couple meetings a week and occasional client calls, but mostly worked independently. This was bad for me because I’m an extrovert but it was a super interesting job. 

Feel free to send me a PM if you want to talk more about the career and what it entails, pay, growth, etc. Idk where you live, but the company where I used to work is hiring. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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browneyedgirl86:  By The Way, I now work in prospect research (sometimes called fundraising research), which is a career you would qualify for based on your experience and might enjoy. These types of jobs are at large nonprofits,  universities, and hospitals. Basically you help identify potential funders. You get to research people and try to figure out what makes them tick, how much they are worth/willing to give, etc. Check out the organization APRA for more info or PM me.

ETA: you also get to consult with the frontline fundraisers and help them strategize, so you don’t only spend your days alone.

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Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Library technicians who specialise in cataloguing can go days without speaking to anyone.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Commenting to follow because I’m interested to see further suggestions

And to mention that your boss seems like quite a piece of work. Oy. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I’m very introverted and am a communications manager. I manage all our social media sites and all the website maintenance as well as graphic design for the entire company. I also plan and run any events we have, and will do the occasion trade show or career fair. I spent the past 4 months holed up at my desk writing and designing a magazine. I loved it, I didn’t have to talk to anyone or go to any meetings 🙂 it’s nice because for the most part, I don’t have to actually talk to anyone. About once a month we have committee meetings, but I don’t contribute much to those, I just have to be present. ETA: I majored in business marketing and visual communications (design) in college. 

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