ENFP at work

ENFPs want to use their energy and creativity at work to help develop the potential of others. They are most attracted to jobs that have a humanitarian vision, and they are far more likely to give their 110% if the job offers a deep sense of purpose.

At work, they prefer to do the creative work like brainstorming and formulating new strategies with their co-workers. Being so energetic and lively, they often make the work environment a fun and harmonious place to work in. Conversely, making them work alone for extended hours is a sure way to make them stressed and frustrated.

ENFP tend to be spontaneous and act according to their many inspirations. However, this means that they find planning and scheduling cumbersome and stifling to their creativity. Given a choice, ENFPs would rather explore new and interesting tasks that can develop the potential of others.

ENFP Careers Suggestions

Before you get to the top career suggestions, it must be stressed that all personality types exist in all occupations.

Due to other factors involved such as interests, geography, salary and working hours, most individuals do not end up in occupations that ideally fit their personality.

However, if you are in a job or career that is not suitable for personalities of your type:

  • You may have trouble communicating or agreeing with your co-workers.
  • You may find communication issues arising in your work.
  • What you deem to be important in a job may not be in sync with your colleagues; hence, the use of your personalities’ strengths during your work MAY NOT lead to promotion or reward.
  • Because you do not feel your work is valued, you may experience stress, dissatisfaction, burnout and lack of productivity.

CREATIVE ARTS, WRITING AND DESIGN

ENFPs enjoy the creative arts. They appreciate the arts, music, dance, and literature; they may even be talented in it. They will enjoy a career that allows them to either display these talents or do it for a living. Some careers include:

  • Artist
  • Architecture
  • Musician
  • Author (Fiction/Non-fiction)
  • Journalist
  • Interior Designer
  • Comedian

EDUCATION AND COUNSELLING

ENFPs see potential in the people they meet, and they enjoy bringing out this potential through education. They desire to empower others to become the best they can be, and so any role that involves that will appeal to them. Additionally, ENFPs are insightful about people’s needs and motivations, making them excellent counsellors. These are some careers that will appeal to them:

  • Teacher
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • College Professor
  • Counsellor
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

As mentioned above, ENFPs see potential in people and seek to bring out the best in them. A career in the religious service will appeal to ENFPs as their role is to help people become better individuals through the deeper understanding of their faith. They will be attracted to the following roles:

  • Minister/Priest
  • Pastor
  • Religious Educator
  • Missionary
  • Church Worker
  • Pastoral Counselor

HEALTH CARE

In the organisational setting, ENFPs find themselves most comfortable in the human resources and organisational development department, where their role is primarily to aid employees’ growth and development. Any role that involves training and coaching will appeal to the ENFP. They may include:

  • Employment Development Specialist
  • Human Resources Development Trainer
  • Social Scientist
  • Strategic Consultant
  • Management Consultant

Ideal ENFP Career Environments

Even though you’re in the right job, it is the culture of the organisation that will ultimately determine your job satisfaction.

There are work environments that will support your professional development, and there are those that stress you out.

When you are applying or considering a new job, consider looking for organisations that are known to have:

IN LINE WITH YOUR VALUES

ENFPs enjoy being part of organisations that share the same values and belief system as them. Whether it is a social, environmental or a spiritual cause, ENFPs will perform at their best if they deeply believe in the organisational vision. Consider joining organisations with a noteworthy purpose and mission which you can align yourself with; looking at the organisation’s mission statement over the internet should give you a clear enough picture of this.

EMPHASIZE RELATIONSHIPS OVER RESULTS

ENFPs like organisations that emphasise the importance of relationships over results, especially those that focus on encouraging and building unity and the individual rather than achieving top results. This may include organisations that are family friendly with childcare services or moderate working hours. Consider speaking to someone already working within the organisation to obtain a better idea on whether the organisational culture is to your liking.

FOCUSES ON LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

ENFPs see potential in others and see potential in themselves; they are growth-oriented individuals. They like organisations which also see the importance of growth and development in their employees. ENFPs see the need for continual learning and growth as they perform their jobs, if not, they will feel stagnant and frustrated as a result. During your interview, ask about these learning opportunities in your role. An organisation that focuses on it will be able to answer you readily.