Post # 31
Thanks for your responses everyone! It’s really interesting hearing about all the different roles that work for you guys, it’ll help me to kind of weed out the work environments a bit. I know being introverted doesn’t make me some kind of delicate flower, I just feel like I’m not reaching my potential here and I think that someone more extroverted could take the role further.
I worked from home doing freelance for a couple of years which actually proved to be too little social interaction for me, and then I wound up in an office situation that is the polar opposite – so I need to find some kind of balance between the two. Reading through this has helped me pinpoint certain things I should look for. Definitely a more structured and scheduled atmosphere, but also the ability to work from home sometimes would be very helpful.
Post # 32
My husband and I are both introverts and both, interestingly enough, teachers. My quota for social interaction is usually pretty met by the end of the day, though I’m comfortable enough with hubs that I can still carry a conversation with him after work…..just not with other people. I think that’s part of why I feel like I’m not “missing out” on social interaction even though I don’t do much outside of work–I get so much of it during the day with coworkers, students, etc.
Post # 33
I am a horrible introvert. And I’m an attorney. I HATED private practice for a big law firm because I had to schmooze and constantly engage in client development to establish a lucrative book of business. I went in-house about 12 years ago and it fits my personality much better. We solely for one client – the corporation – but service different departments. I handle employment law matters.
Ironically, I grew up in the theater and was a dance major in undergrad. But performing is much different for me than having to engage in small talk. I loathe it.
Post # 34
wolfeyes : I think it has to do more with occupation and responsibility than the specific industry. Most introverts might not do as well in sales/marketing roles, but I am sure there are exceptions. On the other hand, you might excel at jobs that require intense thinking and concentration.
Post # 35
olivetreee : Oh for sure! I’m going to stick within my industry, I’m just looking at which types of roles and office structure work for people. And you’re right, I’m definitely not great at the sales end of marketing, but I’m good at the research, strategizing and design end (I also have a background in graphic design, so that may help)
mkendrick : “But performing is much different for me than having to engage in small talk. ” 100%! I danced all through school as well and performing wasn’t really an issue. Same way that presentations and that sort of thing aren’t that bad.. Kind of a strange how that is.