No human being is the same as another; it’s a fact of life. We all have our individual preferences and whether we feel stimulated or drained from being around other people is down to a pantheon of environmental and genetic factors that we’re not going to go into because we don’t have time!
If you’re the latter and don’t feel energized by social situations, then we have some job ideas that you may be interested in.
Animal Care Worker
Now, just because you aren’t particularly jazzed about the idea of spending time with people doesn’t mean you wouldn’t relish the chance to spend all day looking after animals! A lot of introverts prefer interaction with other sentient creatures because there are no social pressures. The lives of animals are very pure and the primary requirement here is to be meticulous in your care, leaving no stone unturned to nurture and look after your animal friends. If you have a love of animals and have a natural caring instinct then this may be the job for you. This is because animals can’t communicate in the same way humans can, so you will need training and a good heart to be properly prepared to look after them. A tough job for most, but for some, it could be the perfect fit.
Social Media Marketing
This is another job where introverts can get their daily dose of social interaction through, shall we say, alternative means. A lot of being introverted can mean a tendency to avoid face-to-face relations. A career where you are literally paid to keep people at an arms length is social media manager. It definitely requires near superhuman levels of organisation and you have to be aware of various different platforms, maintain the brand style, and respond to complaints and queries as well as simultaneously managing your own time. Introverts will benefit here from interaction with other human beings but from the comfort of their phone or computer screen. It may feel like a buffer between you and the outside world, so, this might be the path for you if you’re a people person who doesn’t necessarily like people!
On our metaphorical spectrum of talent, if you tend to lean towards the more practical end, then working within the broad field of engineering may be right up your street. This is a job that pays seriously good money, regardless of whether you chose to apply your talents and training to chemistry, robotics, architecture, medicine, or any of the other seemingly endless options. Being an engineer is essentially being a problem solver, except the problems are more complicated than most people can possibly imagine. However; these problems are often left to you to fix and being part of a team, (whilst a very important skill to have in the workplace), will come in second place to the ability to work independently. If you have an aversion to being micro-managed and prefer to be left alone with problems to fix them, then checking out engineering courses may be of some use to you.
Everybody knows that being a writer isn’t the steadiest of career paths, but if you have a genuine passion for the written word then why should that stop you doing what you love to do? Being alone can be very therapeutic and beneficial for the creative process, so most people who like to write find space to do it alone. More often than not, writing is a freelance occupation which means the comfort of a desk in an office can elude the would-be poet, journalist, author etc, although, if you’re introverted, then this can only be seen as plus, right? Working temporary jobs and travelling around or, indeed, simply running operations from home can be the hermit’s dream, so if you’re okay with job unpredictability and the lack of a fixed income, then why don’t you try your hand at being a professional writer? If it’s for you, it’s for you.
Working with words can be an introverted profession but having a job that involves numbers can be equally as solitary. It all comes down to what you work best with and working with numbers for a living does not require you to be in contact with other people. Honestly, it’s probably counterproductive if you have people talking to you all day. It’s a profession that fits seamlessly into a range of large companies and the government are actually always on the look out for talented mathematicians to add to their ranks. The people behind the numbers are usually obscured and are not there to deal with the public. Being a magician at maths can be a gift and if you happen to prefer solitude to social interaction, then the role of statistician is genuinely ideal as it marries numbers to privacy to equal a whopping great salary.