Until recently, the focus has tended to be on the value that extroverted personalities bring to certain job roles – sales, marketing, start-ups and business development, for example. But research increasingly shows that it’s the introverts who can add real value to a multitude of professions, thanks to their introspection, creativity and excellent writing skills. Introverts also tend to work very well on their own, making them ideal for roles of responsibility. Equally, they prefer not to take risks at work, which means they are highly suited to the new post-credit-crunch business ethos in regulated professions and roles where careful decision making and analysis of risk is key to success.
So what are the roles likely to suit introverts and see them achieve real success in their careers as a result? Software engineering is an excellent choice for those with analytical and technical skills. Software engineers will work out complex solutions to clients’ problems on an individual basis and will often work in consultancy or well-paid contract roles. They constantly learn new technologies and refresh their skills, making these roles ideal for thoughtful introverts keen to develop their capabilities.
Pharmacy is another ideal profession, offering plenty of space and opportunity for introspection but without a lack of social engagement. Most will deal with customers and patients each day but also have the opportunity to spend time in thought alone. The nature of the role is also high impact in terms of changing patients’ lives.
Accountancy is yet another highly paid profession in which introspection and individual work is important when solving time-consuming and complex accounting problems and analysing spreadsheets. This profession is full of challenges and requires an excellent level of attention to detail.
Paralegals are also often introverted by nature, as they tend to do the research, draft contracts and spend time sifting through complex records for firms such as employment solicitors in Huddersfield. For those who love research and prefer to work without the constant buzz and noise of a team, this is ideal.
Graphic Designers and Artists
Graphic designers increasingly work hand in hand with their introverted partners, software engineers, as the design world becomes ever more digital. They will have the benefit often of flexible work and a series of creative and changing projects to client briefs. The work is their own and the career mixes art and technology, making it intrinsically rewarding and satisfying.
Similarly, artists of any type love working alone and producing highly personal work. However they often need sales skills for when their work is being displayed or put up for sale, so they’ll need to learn to be extraverts sometimes.
Translators and Writers
Translators work autonomously on complex projects and to their own schedules and deadlines, making this line of work both intellectually stimulating and rewarding. Technical writers also tend to be introverts, involving minimum interaction with others and often without any need for a shared office.
Surprisingly, market research analysts are also often introverts too. They are the people who put together analysis and guidance on market trends, painting a clear picture for marketing decision making. This can involve anything from analysis on the results of a one-off study to time-consuming and extensive research into new product development.