If you’re introverted by nature, then you may struggle to feel at ease in the office environment. Open-plan offices can be particularly busy and noisy – distracting for both introverts and extroverts alike. But the difference with introverts is that they are more easily over-stimulated than extroverts are.
This applies to social interactions as well. So if you’re an introvert and in an environment (or doing a job) that involves perpetual chatter, socialising, networking, after-work drinks etc. then you’re going to feel way more exhausted at the end of the day compared to your extroverted counterpart.
Whether you’re an introvert stuck in a job and a work environment that is biased towards extroversion, or you want to find a job that is best suited to your personality type, there is a plethora of career opportunities for you.
Many introverts find it easier to express themselves in writing than when speaking. This isn’t to say introverts are incapable of conversation – it just means that writing as a form of communication can feel completely natural.
Writing coincides with the way that many introverts prefer to work because it involves long periods of working alone, sometimes interspersed with the necessary real-life conversation here and there, say with one’s manager or clients.
There are also all kinds of writing jobs out there. Other than becoming a published author, novelist, poet or journalist, you could also work as a blogger, bid writer, copywriter, grant writer, ghostwriter, resume writer, speech writer, staff writer, technical writer or a translator.
Coding is suited to introverts because, like with writing, it also tends to be quite a solitary profession. Moreover, it’s the kind of job that really doesn’t require you to be in an office.
The freedom to work remotely as a programmer means that you don’t have to be tethered to a working environment and culture which saps your energy reserves. Instead, you can work wherever you feel offers the right level of stimulation, be it in your room, a library, a coffee shop or a co-working space.
If you want to become a programmer then it may help to have a computer science degree, but as findings show you don’t need one (69% of developers surveyed are self-taught).
You can attend a coding bootcamp and by the end of it be employable. 72% of employers say that bootcamp grads are “just as prepared” to be high performers as their counterparts who have degrees.
An archivist is someone who assembles, catalogues, preserves, edits, manages and appraises specific forms of records, such as manuscripts, electronic records, websites, photographs, maps, films, sound recordings, artwork and historical items.
Archivists can work in all sorts of places, including museums, universities, government offices, corporate offices, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centres and historical sites.
The nature of the role is solitary, as you will be working without social interaction for most of the day. This kind of job will also appeal to introverts who tend to be highly organised.
Being a graphic designer is an appealing job for introverts who have a creative or artistic streak. While many people’s dream would involve painting or drawing all day, only a very tiny minority of highly talented artists can make this a lucrative decision.
However, many companies need graphic designers. And designers prefer to work alone, with the quiet of privacy being conducive to problem-solving and creating innovative solutions.
You may not have thought about becoming a lorry driver, especially after graduating. In fact, it could be the job that is furthest from your scope of considered options.
Nevertheless, if you’re someone who deeply values prolonged solitude, then being a lorry driver could be appealing, as it involves driving around all day with very minimal social interaction.
Of course, not all introverts are alike. Introversion and extroversion both sit on a spectrum and can be mixed. So it’s important to consider which job is most likely to suit your personality and how you work best.