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What is the worst job/career you can imagine for your personality type(INTP or otherwise)?

Also what is the most counter-intuitive career you think you would enjoy doing?

For me, I'd hate being a telemarketer. It would be incredibly boring and repetitive. You would have to socialize with either hostile or stupid people the whole damn day. Plus your existence is pretty much the bane of society.

I'd consider becoming a thespian; but I'm not sure I could handle the drama.
Forgive the pun. :D
 

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Well... becoming a Man-Whore might cause me some discomfort... *Ahem*

I wouldn't mind becoming a DJ or a Club Owner, as odd as that sounds.
Not exactly my dream, but I could make it work.
 

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If I had no choice but to take a job where the main objective is to cheerfully inform callers on why their electronic device isn't working and try to take them through the maze of options successfully, I think I'd have to go shoot myself.

That being said, my part-time job is in Childwatch at the local YMCA where my main objectives are to take care of children from ages 0-6 (and their runny noses) and continuously clean up after their messes so no one trips. Surprisingly... I actually enjoy it when I'm not tired. There's something about being around a whole bunch of little people that like talking to you, but don't notice a thing when you say something odd, and will usually happily skip off to go play if you tell them to. Plus, they are cuter than everyone I know. ; )

But otherwise, I can't think of any jobs that would be odd for INTPs that I think I'd enjoy, although I did want to be an elementary school teacher when I was younger. @___@ Oh, and a singer in Broadway musicals. XD
 

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Jobs that make sticking a pencil in your eye seem attractive by comparison include, in no particular order:

accountant
Wal-Mart greeter
court judge
radio or tv talk show host
gossip columnist
model (fashion model)
ballet dancer
preacher


Things that might actually work out better than you think

Wedding/reception planner/expediter
Commercial fisherman
Long-haul truck driver
Professional firefighter or paramedic
Doctor (medical research more than patient treatment)
 

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waitress (Wait... who are you and what did you order again?)
day care
televangelist
runway model
any sort of assembly line factory work

as for an unlikely job, I think I'd enjoy being a counselor.
 

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Motherhood is the absolute worst job in the universe.
 

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You know I can't say from experience; but I always had a suspicion it was,
 

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Televangelist-preacher: I could enjoy this, in a twisted sort of way.
Court judge: This also sounds like fun... but the lawyers would absolutely hate me.

Worst Jobs
-Anything to do with marketing or sales.
 

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stock broker. my dad was one. also, being a bag boy at a supermarket sucks
 

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lost luggage guy at the airport
complaint department
waiter



best job ever: delicious brownie tester.
 

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Televangelist-preacher: I could enjoy this, in a twisted sort of way.
You'd tell your followers to believe in ridiculous things and turn them into robots. Thus you'd possess a devoted army of invincible fanatics. You must be be the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard.
 

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--Deli clerk - frequent interruptions from your work by customers and complaints.
--Daycare - watching other people's KIDS? The parents can be just as bad, too.
--One of those brokers on Wall Street that run around in that crowded room with pieces of paper while yelling over all the others. Oh GAWD. I hate to think about what might happen if you stand still in there. >< (BLOOD! :D)
--Actor/performer. Hahaha.
--Emergency room nurse in a highly populated area.
 

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You'd tell your followers to believe in ridiculous things and turn them into robots. Thus you'd possess a devoted army of invincible fanatics. You must be be the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard.
No, I'd take all their money then invest that money into one of my immortality schemes.

I have no interest in being a leader,
if people chose to follow me I'd tell them to jump off a cliff.

Scientology is on my hit list, right next to fanatical Christianity.
 

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I was just teasing. No intp in their right mind would want to be responsible for religious people.
 

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I worked in customer services for a while. I've tried to block out that time in my life, but the nightmares still haunt me. I rather go homeless than do that job again.
 

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I work in forensics. I think most people would enjoy it. I certainly love it!
All the tests, theories and knowledge and i love looking at blood and dna, and i wear a lab coat! :)

Worse job would be to work as someone others rely on, because i do not want to be responsible for others. I like to work alone.
 
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I work in forensics. I think most people would enjoy it. I certainly love it!
All the tests, theories and knowledge and i love looking at blood and dna, and i wear a lab coat! :)

Worse job would be to work as someone others rely on, because i do not want to be responsible for others. I like to work alone.
Awesome job. What's your position (no need to answer)?
 

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i had this job for about a week where we were creating fireworks displays for stores on a type of assembly line. it sucked because the boxes of fireworks weighted 40 pounds each, and you had to lift them up and over the display box and then carefully arrange them. it took anywhere from 8-16 boxes to put in a display. back-breaking, repetitive, and working with a bunch of white trash and gangster wannabes who would only talk about drugs, having just got out of jail, and their awesome sound system in their cars. haha, ok so the people were actually kind of interesting, if not annoying.
 

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Worst possible: sales, telemarketing (although no-one in this country would be a jackass to me, since they'd be too relieved that they got someone who actually speaks English on the other end of the line), anything involving physical labor, any shift work.

Surprisingly (perhaps) I wouldn't mind repetitive work like line assembly that much (although I wouldn't choose it): eventually it might become enough of a habit to let my imagination run free while my body runs on automatic.

Motherhood is the absolute worst job in the universe.
Must be true: even I wouldn't want to work with me for 18 years straight. :D
 

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Computer programmer for the next few years. There's this new method of project management that everyone is trying to do called Agile, aka Extreme Programming. They want everyone to work in an open space with 7 other people (including the boss) so that everyone can monitor what everyone else is doing all day AND you're forced to pair up with someone else while you work.

If you're in a high-tech field already, you might want to watch out for this and try to be the guy that runs the show rather than being forced to grunt in this kind of job.

I think it's a brilliant way to force people to be more productive, but I also recognize that some of the forced socialization will cause burnout very quickly for an INTP. The ExxJ types seem to love it, though. It's got tons of rules and they love rules and best practices.
 

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Surprisingly (perhaps) I wouldn't mind repetitive work like line assembly that much (although I wouldn't choose it): eventually it might become enough of a habit to let my imagination run free while my body runs on automatic.
I've had repetitive jobs and in theory you're right, it can be nice, but it only applies when you're left to your own devices. It's not much fun when you have a manager breathing down your neck the whole time.
 

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Computer programmer for the next few years. There's this new method of project management that everyone is trying to do called Agile, aka Extreme Programming. They want everyone to work in an open space with 7 other people (including the boss) so that everyone can monitor what everyone else is doing all day AND you're forced to pair up with someone else while you work.

If you're in a high-tech field already, you might want to watch out for this and try to be the guy that runs the show rather than being forced to grunt in this kind of job.

I think it's a brilliant way to force people to be more productive, but I also recognize that some of the forced socialization will cause burnout very quickly for an INTP. The ExxJ types seem to love it, though. It's got tons of rules and they love rules and best practices.
God... that sounds abominable! I am so glad I got out of that field.

Forced socialization while you're attempting to conceptualize a project is horrible for introverted intellectuals. I honestly cannot think when I'm talking with people because I'm focused on the interaction. I can only talk about things I've previously thought of, usually. Friggen EXXJ's need to stay away from programming, us intellectual introverts need our career paths too.
 

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Worst job: God. Everybody blames you for their idiocy.


Best job: God. Cause you get to send the little idiots to Hell.
...and you can do anything you f**kin' well please. :D




[...dance, little human puppets, dance!!]

 

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Motherhood is the absolute worst job in the universe.
Kinda ironic that you're administrator for us. :D:evil: Can you change my username again? I want a new one! And that kid keeps on picking on me! And I want a new forum layout with green in it! But not just any green, it should be a green-purple. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Worst career?

Assembly line. The repetition would be brutal.
It might not be as bad as you think... my dad has a friend who got a PhD in philosophy. The guy took a job as basic labor at a grocery store because he wanted a job where he could space out and "have time to think".
I know that when I worked at a pizza place I loved folding pizza boxes. Especially after I had learned it and had muscle-memory of how to fold each of the boxes... you can just day-dream.

Worst career: A paper-pusher who has to enforce deadlines. Because we'd hate ourselves for enforcing stupid rules.
 

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rubber tire factory hand. Love the smell of burning rubber?
 

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Nurse (doctor): The blood, the needles, the people, the clean up.
Market and Sales: Though I was forced to....
Babysitter or Daycare.
Construction: It would be cool to use a crane, it's just....
Waiter/Waitress: Someone would be severely injured...
 

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Factory work drove me insane. Standing in the same spot for 8-12 hours and pressing the same 4 buttons while having to stay focused on what you're doing - not day dreaming - was nearly impossible for me to handle. I ended up getting fired for playing poker on days when we had no work to do.. even though I was told to go hide somewhere.. good day.
 

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Anything military would make my skin crawl off in disgust. I thought that would be the worst, until I read "DJ/club owner" in the second post... *shudder* Come to think of it, if I had to work in a slaughterhouse... well, I'd sooner starve. Far sooner. So much sooner that it would lead to a temporal paradox, and I'd be so starving that I'd implode. Anything involving blood or death would be fairly grim, really. I'd also absolutely loathe business, but I wouldn't last a second anyway.

Most work seems to be pretty awful...
 
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Hmm, let's see the jobs I've been through:

Admin officer
Operations executive
Customer service officer

All in the same company, just that I got promoted to (2) from (1) and transferred to (3) from (2) because it was stressful.

Also, all in a span of 13 months.

I just quit my job too.

I realised that I'm not very good with remembering details in the Ops exec role, and I always felt drained and tired of energy in the Customer service role, although I didn't really understand why.

The ops exec role was a tad confusing. I organized my work properly, but I think because I didn't like the repetitiveness of it, I started to be tardy and paid less attention, preferring to waste my time doing other things.

I felt extremely BORED due to the repetitive nature of the job (LOTS of paperwork, filing) and left me little space to let my creativity flow. I HATED being in such a lowly position where things could not get done. Advertising was not working, and I knew why. I had plans and ideas for improving the marketing strategy, but they were not interested in my ideas. I was the lowly adminstrator and it was stifling, to say the least.

That was just one reason why I left that post. I don't really like customer service because it was boring and I hate to do follow-ups. There was a lot of administrative work to do and I hate administrative work. My mind needed more stimulation than that; I needed to be challenged in an arena I found fulfilling, never mind if I had to stay back to 12 am to get the job done as long as I loved it.

People thought I was crazy to quit my job, but what the hell do they know what's in my head.

In any case, I would NEVER touch a job in ANY of those lines.

I prefer being the one who plans, strategizes and executes. I like planning, I like exploring ideas, brainstorming possibilities, forming plans and contingency plans. I hate leading though. I find it rewarding when a plan of mine goes smoothly to achieve a target and I wish that I could be given that sort of executive power.

A list of jobs I prefer:

- Research and development (gathering information, analyzing (I LOVE analysing!), systemizing and executing)
- Problem solving roles
- Psychology (Counselling and/or researching- I'm really good at problem solving but I need to improve on the human factor so I'm not to aggressive)
- Marketing and communications (the whole brainstorming for ideas and solutions + the human psychology aspect of getting more customers)

Sadly, I need a specialist postgrad degree for any of these to be able to have the executive power I want, though I am working towards my psychology degree. I feel it's the best in terms of outreach to different types of jobs; quite possibly an extremely versatile degree!

In any case, I kinda also noticed that it was sort of... calming doing production work. I like doing physically repetitive things and I do them pretty fast without the need to "think", and I find that I can multi-task by daydreaming while doing production work. It was kinda interesting while it lasted, but I prefer something to engage my brain. Heh.
 

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My worst job would be something in the hospitality industry, the sort of job where I'd have to pretend I like people who I don't and to do what they want me to do
 

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Motivational Speaker.

Hell, even I wouldn't attend THAT seminar.
 

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Teacher! Thinking about it enough to make me creep
I actually was a substitute teacher, which is like being a teacher only you have to deal with:

Random children whom very well may not even respect their usual teacher, let alone some stranger they'll probably only see one or two days out of the whole year. This is not to say there aren't any really good classrooms out there, but it's a really mixed bag.

Teachers whom all have different standards, so one may think you are the greatest thing since sliced bread, and another may think you are the worst teacher to ever step foot in their school's halls.

Better yet, many teachers give you little or no idea what their expectations are, or what beliefs they have as far as how it is acceptable to discipline their children, and how strict you should be as a sub (and there's a lot of variation from one classroom to the next when it comes to this issue).

Some teachers think they are so perfectly organized that if you can't find something in their classroom (which chances are is in actuality a bit of a mess, and it's really fun trying to figure out where things are in another person's mess) there must be something horribly wrong with you.

I wouldn't say substitute teaching is the worst job, or even close, but it certainly has a lot of ups and downs.

I actually think if I went back to that job I'd find that I've improved the necessary skills quite a bit since I started, but alas the economy has tanked, and there's hardly any work to be found for subs around where I live.
 

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The worst jobs I've ever had..

Telemarketing
High-End Sales (it makes your face hurt smiling that much)
Bank Teller

Things that just sound horrible..

Nursing
Military Work
Factory Work
Anything involving a cubicle

I will say though, I was a part-time Carny one summer.. not as bad as it would seem.
 
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for me probably a Waiter
 

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Jobs that make sticking a pencil in your eye seem attractive by comparison include, in no particular order:
accountant
Worst career: A paper-pusher who has to enforce deadlines. Because we'd hate ourselves for enforcing stupid rules.
I second this, I spend 2 years as an accountant --- and it was the worst time of my life. Having to suck up to managers who weren't deserving of any recognition [little man syndrome] really got on my nerves

stock broker. my dad was one. also, being a bag boy at a supermarket sucks
Though not a stockbroker [filling orders etc], but a trader, especially in the derivatives side, I find to be challenging and dynamic as well as allowing some much needed autonomy we so desire.
 

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The worst possible career is those that enable your INTP ways without any chance of growth as a human being.
 

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The worst possible career is those that contradict your INTP ways without any chance of growth as a human being.
 

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The worst possible career is those that contradict your INTP ways without any chance of growth as a human being.
let's subtract the constraints from both sides of the equation

The worst possible careers are those without any chance of growth as a human being.

Oh, I forgot: Being something other than INTP allows greater chance of growth, whereas otherwise you are probably stagnant.:)
 

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Define: "Growth as a human being"
 

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I think worst would be bodyguard, you have to stick to your client the whole times, always focus on finding something that usually not there, etc.:(
 

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I think I can agree with telemarketer being the worst job ever... I can't stand selling things. Induces too much guilt. Also, lifeguard would be terrible. I dont need that much pressure, or idiots shouting and splashing all around me.

Hmm, I recently worked at a small christian daycamp... Actually not so bad. I found myself growing fond of the leetle cheeldren.
 

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I worked in customer services for a while. I've tried to block out that time in my life, but the nightmares still haunt me. I rather go homeless than do that job again.
I'm thinking of going homeless than have my job right now.

Worst: Supervisor in customer service...Not only do you hate dealing with people, but now you have to teach people how to deal with people and be a good example. The whole time you're thinking in your head, "you're an idiot" while saying "oh of course we can fix all your problems for you". Then you turn to your employees and say "see that's how we do things here at *insert company name here*" when what you're thinking is "see wasn't that a load of crap".

Best Job: That guy who sits in the fire ranger tower on the side of a mountain for three months all alone. It would be heaven.
 

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I've always thought accountant would be the worst job in the world. The word itself bores me.

Best job would obviously be a cop, and here's why. You pull people over, act like you think they're drunk, but instead of giving them a sobriety test, you instead give them a personality test. Once you find they're ESTJ, "CRACK!", nightstick to the huevos rancheros that all.

I'm not bitter....
 
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