Post # 1
I’m going to be looking for a new job in the near future and I’m just wondering what kinds of industries and positions work/don’t work for all of you introverts out there.
(Not necessary to read this part, but just for reference) I work in Marketing and Graphic Design at a restaurant & food service company which are two strikes against me already. Marketing can be a bit of schmooze fest and the restaurant industry is very social and unpredictable/haphazard. I’m a pretty good in-depth conversationalist and I’m confident in meetings & presentations, but fail miserably at small talk and networking (I know there’s some of that in all workplaces, this one just has a LOT).
Meetings are constantly cancelled, moved, or done on the fly and since I thrive on preparation & organization it can really set me back. I’m best at communicating either via email or scheduled meetings, but people never answer their emails so I’m constantly having to set multiple reminders to follow up with people multiple times or track them down around the office. It’s also a very noisy, open plan office where it’s the norm to be frequently interrupted and put onto different task last minute. Plus people are so disorganized in general that I’m constantly getting thrown projects last minute that they’ve known about for months. I don’t mind when they’re actually last minute, but I could do a significantly better job if there was more time to do things strategically and based on research and testing…
Anyway – I’m not going to switch industries entirely of course and I know that there’s no *perfect* workplace for either introverts or extroverts, but I’m just interested to know what other introverts do that either works or doesn’t work for them.
Post # 2
I’m a lawyer (which obviously takes some time to get into lol), but I actually think law offices (either as a lawyer or another employee) are good for introverts, not because they require no social interaction, but because lawyers are so notoriously bad at social interaction that the bar for being a great conversationalist is incredibly low. However, they can be very grumpy places so if other people’s nonsense gets to you they are not ideal.
Post # 3
I am very much an introvert although I can be quite chatty with people I know very well.
Believe it or not, I work in Customer Service! I’m a tax consultant (preparing people’s tax returns for them and giving tax advice). I had severe anxiety, including about the small talk that worries you, at first and there are times when my anxiety rears its ugly head, but I’ve thrived surprisingly.
Like you I like and need structure at work, and having the day structured around client appointments really helps! Also with tax there are strict rules and regulations to follow so it’s great for me.
Perhaps a company that is more structured and stringent with meetings or that the main communication is via email? Good luck bee!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
I am a social worker and I work for Children’s Aid Society at first it took some time to get used to because I am an introvert but I have learned to stand my ground and speak my mind
Post # 5
Well I’m a flight attendant for a regional airline so I work on 50 seater planes and I am the only flight attendant on board. I am very introverted and a loner type. I spend my 4 day trips on the plane, sitting around in airports, and hotels and I love it! After taking care of my tasks on the plane I sit and read. And I have lots of downtime. It’s really an easy job.
Post # 6
I work in college admissions. I spend a lot of time talking to students and families (more in-depth than small talk I would say), but I also travel and spend a lot of my week alone in hotel rooms. In the winter, most of my time is spent reading hundreds of college applications. It’s hard to say what my favorite part is.
Post # 7
Although I’m not an introvert – big old Extrovert – my Fiance is one. We kind of balance eachother out which is nice.
But, he’s a little different. He/his family have a huge history of mental health issues/depression. Anyone who says it’s not genetic is lying. So, instead of sinking into the abyss, he decided to pull himself up, and do something totally out of his comfort zone: became a real estate agent. Literally the polar opposite of what you’d think an introvert would do.
He did that for 5 years and it completely revolutionised his perspective and his ability to socially interract with people. He now works as a lender for one of Australia’s big 4, and is exceptional at it.
He’s also lowered his dose of meds way down which I’ve come to know is pretty huge.
So yeah – that’s my little story 🙂
Post # 8
I own a hair salon and am surrounded by people all day, everyday. I have to make an effort to be bubbly but have learned how to close myself off to people when they become too needy of my time/attention, or just drain me. At the end of the day Im just happy to go home and shut myself in with my husband and dog or see my best friends.
Post # 9
I run the customer success department at a small health tech company. The company is less than 30 people, and we’re all very friendly with each other. My job involves a lot of meetings and calls both internally and with customers, and I travel 1-2x/month. There are definitely times I wish my phone would stop ringing, but it helps to 1) have a small team that I truly do like, and 2) to have meetings primarily focused on an agenda and desired outcomes – rather than less structured ‘chit-chat.’
Post # 10
I am a nurse & in my master’s program to be a nurse practitioner. Being an introvert us great for the actual job but not for catty office politics.
Post # 11
I’m a special education teacher
Post # 12
Lawyer. My particular group at my firm is awful for introverts. I regretted all my life choices so much for the first several months. But I gradually got more comfortable with my coworkers and it’s great now, they’re my second family. I still get really nervous before big negotiations or pitches, but not sure that’ll ever go away.
Post # 13
I’m a project manager in the commercial construction industry. I’ve held several roles in this line of work in varying capacities, but all have similar structure as I will describe below.
I really love helping people, but as any introvert knows, am easily drained by too much social interaction. I feel like being a PM is a nice balance of heads down work accomplishing budget updates, schedule updates, bidding things out to contractors and various other trades, etc and actually meeting with people. My current role is a 100% work from home role, which is great!! However, I am a weird hybrid of introvert where I do still really enjoy/need some social interaction. My husband has mentioned that being home 100% of the time seems to be a bit difficult for me because by the time he gets home I just want to chat non-stop.
The only thing I don’t like about the real estate industry is that networking is imperative to advance your career and I *hate* networking. I’ll get into a deep conversation with someone and can chat all afternoon, but small talk makes me so uncomfortable.
Post # 14
I was an analyst for the largest health insurance company for years and now switching to analyst for the largest tech company. I only have to deal with analysts on my team and operations managers and a lot of work is done on my own so its good for me.
Post # 15
I am a doctoral researcher in cognitive neuroscience and spend my days in the office writing or in the lab running experiments. We are a small group and the chit chat is nice at times, but I tend to come in early so I have the office to myself during the early morning hours. I guess I am the extroverted-introvert, in that I do enjoy giving presentations or teaching (or talking for hours on end to people I feel I click with), but don’t enjoy mundane small talk too much.