Much like our previous article that looked at which jobs would be best suited to an introvert; this piece examines extraversion and career options for those who are more comfortable in social situations than their introverted counterpart.
Public Relations Specialist
Clue’s in the name here, this is someone who is a specialist in public relations. That’s someone who is paid to spend a lot of their time dealing with (the public), usually clients and giving advice to companies on how to market the company. There’ll be events to plan, articles to plan, liaising with the team and much more. People who work in PR need to be outgoing, affable and go-getting. These people should have big personalities as they are essentially the faces of many companies, networking where they see fit and organising for their respective companies to be featured in the media. If being around people excites you then this is exactly the job you need. Wallflowers need not apply because this is a career choice that requires you to be around people almost every hour of every day that you work.
The primary requirement for this role is to be cool and efficient in a crisis. This role suits people who are naturally strong-willed, practical, independent and on-the-ball. This job involves saving people’s lives on a regular basis and is one of the most infamously dangerous around, so think carefully before you decide you want to be a police officer, fire-fighter or paramedic. The training is absolutely brutal but don’t let that deter you; if you have an enthusiasm not just for helping people but for literally saving people then seriously consider a job in the emergency services. Whilst still a role that essentially needs you to negotiate with the public, it would probably be a bit silly to categorise it as a ‘social’ job. This is because the fire service, police force and ambulance crews are there to perform a service and more often than not, involves immediate action rather than social interaction in the more traditional sense. Still, for action men/women and those who live to help, providing a service doesn’t get nobler than being member of the emergency services.
Unlike those who work in the emergency services, this role is less action-orientated and is more negotiation-centric. Lawyers can earn staggering amounts per year so if you have a passion for justice, and you never stop talking, you may fit the role of lawyer like a hand in a glove. Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that since being a good lawyer means convincing an audience of people of your client’s innocence and rights or the level of compensation they deserve. Whilst this is undoubtedly a role for an extrovert, you have to be more comfortable with public speaking than anything else. There will naturally be a dialogue you are expected to engage in but your role is more of a performative one. Masterfully convincing your target audience to side with you is no mean feat and the further you get up the law ladder, the bigger clients you’ll have to represent and the harder it’ll get. If, however, you relish a challenge and getting into the ring with clients and judges and juries sounds exciting to you then get to it! The world always needs more lawyers.
Much like lawyer, being a teacher is a performance based role; your job first and foremost is to communicate knowledge and know-how to a group of students. Extroverts will thrive in these situations and will also delight in the opportunity to do some one-on-one teaching. The jobs here are varied but nearly all of them involve being able to communicate properly and being clear and cogent with your messages. Depending on whom you ask, good teachers will also be fairly adept at crowd control! This is due to the fact that many pupils are children and a degree of authority is needed to keep them in check. If you are communicative, passionate and have a commanding presence about you, then you basically tick all the boxes for the job.
It’s difficult to avoid people a lot of the time so that is why introverts probably wouldn’t be best suited to this career. Being an events planner means literally creating the framework for a social gathering. These people need the knack of attracting people to an event like bears to honey and have to be exceptional administrators. These events can span from business meetings to weddings to birthday parties but because you are doing it professionally, your clients (whom you will be dealing with directly) will expect a professional job. Being naturally sociable and personable will stand you in good stead and aid your reputation as an events planner, as will outstanding service. You will be at the head of a team so your extroversion should be utilised in a way that emphasises your leadership qualities. Being a firm but fair leader, being able to confer easily with clients and, honestly, enjoying social events are all the perfect qualities one needs to be a successful events planner.