Career Environments Introverts

Introverts are complicated people. They can be over-sensitive, and their hermit-like preferences can be baffling for others, particularly while they're growing up. Even parents can find themselves trying to put together the rationales.

The great strength of introverts is their intelligence, which will eventually decide on how to have a relationship with the world. Their social skills generally improve, slowly, compared to other types. They prefer the world to be where they can see it and anticipate its moves. They don't like it when situations sneak up on them.

In any career, the word for the introvert, at least some of the time, is Edgy. Most of them aren't timid, they're cautious, and very wary of any kind of social situation. They check out a career environment mentally, every minute or so, if they're not busy.

Their intelligence is also part of any relationship. If you can get an introvert genuinely interested in something, that's the first step to a working relationship or even a friendship. Career relationships are often based on a respect and liking for other people's intellects and the way they think.

Conversely they're allergic to idiots of any kind, at any level. The more fools in an environment, the less they like that environment. Introverts simply don't see why they should put up with people they consider incompetent, which is almost as much of a crime as the unforgivable offense of being superficial, in their eyes.

They respect competence, though, and will learn readily and quickly. A career environment where they're free to learn to their heart's content is paradise for many introverts. That includes research, experimentation, and any sort of innovation. Introverts are much more adventurous than most people would ever believe. They don't just like mental challenges, they go looking for them.

In any career, at the heart of the new idea and the new product will be at least one introvert, possibly quite a few. The apparent peace and quiet and occasional quip masks enormous amounts of work. This is where the introvert is pricelessly valuable. They're happiest where they can operate at full throttle, and even the most innocuous introvert has boundless energy which would match any athlete.

They don't get mentally tired, or overawed by volumes of information. A mountain of data will be taken to bits, categorized, cross referenced, verified, and turned into something useful, it's only a question of time.

Their career choices have gone up quite a lot with improved access to information. Weird and esoteric piece of information are like spices to the introvert, whose fastidious mental appetite is a connoisseur rather than a mere glutton. They don't like mental fast food, and need good quality.

The sciences, particularly biology and gene technology, are a gold mine to introverts, keeping them interested and learning. If introverts were athletes, they'd be marathon runners, with added skills in the decathlon and pole vaulting. That makes them natural selections for the tough work in the sciences, which can take years or decades.

In business, the introvert is invariably The Expert. That's a bit like saying a fish usually swims a lot, but in business, the introvert's ability to go into great depth is very valuable. Analysis, of anything, is part of the introvert's natural approach to any information. They read situations well, and can mentally process a lot of data much faster than most.

They're also reliable, and it doesn't even occur to them to simply put up with what appears to be vague or contradictory information. If there's a problem or a risk, the introvert will find it, if they have all the facts.

Because the business environment is usually more suited to the other three types, the introverts are comparatively rare, but if they're in business, they're often highly successful. The career environment, however, has to be trustworthy. Introverts aren't interested in some sort of hazy promise of success, or any drivel about being something in a suit.

Introverts are professional human beings from the day of birth, and they want to see money on the table. They may be inspired by big ideas, but they're notably uninspired by bull at any angle. So in business, the introvert can take it or leave it, and many will leave it if it's not up to expectations.

In academic careers, you'd think the introvert was right at home. Yes and no. They love their subjects, but they also dislike intensely the academic version of Office Wars. They prefer to work on their discipline, rather than get tangled up in faculty meetings, budgets, and bureaucratic obstacles courses.

Ironically, the academic sphere is a place where clashes between introverts can be quite common. Sniping sessions can go on for decades. They can get nasty, too, sometimes professionally brutal. Like predators, introverts in the academic area require space, and can they intrude on each other in ways none of the other types could imagine.

Their great strength in the academic fields is their teaching ability, and their instant recognition of intelligence. Teaching is their métier, and they will bring out the best in talented students, almost without even trying, because they know how to communicate with intelligent people on their own level. They do try, though, when they find a good student, you can safely expect good results.

They make their courses fun and interesting, and add enormous value to their work as a sort of natural byproduct. Even poor or average students will recognize the amount of sincerity and effort put into the teaching, and most will appreciate it.

Introverts generally don't do well in bureaucratic environments. They're not likely to enjoy government or accountancy work, unless their talents are let off the leash. Even well adjusted introverts will resent dogmatic procedures and endless precedents.

In law, the introvert's ability to research and become a true expert can be a good indication of their ability to succeed, and they can do well. But- given pedantic situations, where the logic is buried under precedents, or lost in sophistry, they will rebel. Dumb is dumb, according to introverts, and they won't see it any other way. Given a good environment, a lot of interesting work, and the ability to use their own intelligence effectively, introverts can do extremely well in law, but it has to be on their terms.

In medicine, the natural scientist which is every introvert will take over. Quite a few truly brilliant people gravitate to the extreme mental challenges of medicine, and the world can be thankful that they do. Introverts are perfectly suited to the murderous burdens of observation, analysis, thinking and extrapolation involved in medicine.

They have the mental stamina and tenacity to do the work at its highest possible level, and raise the bar higher in the process. The fantastic progress in medicine in the last century is a result of generations of people tackling whole new ideas from scratch, and there's only one kind of person who can make a career out of that.

They're not necessarily suited to being GPs, although many like daily problem solving exercises, and can be quite happy with a good practice. They're natural case managers, because they retain information very well, and don't need to obsessively check facts, because they've already got them organized mentally.

If they do need to check, it will be done thoroughly. The introvert's powers of observation of other people are extremely good, being natural skills, and diagnoses will be good.

As specialists, they're in their element. This will be some field that really fascinates them, and they get to do their problem solving as well. It's quite common that the introvert, after the PhD, will remain in PhD mode, producing papers on a regular basis. Many contributions are made in this way, and as a default mindset for a medical practitioner, it's a good way to be.

As social workers, introverts are driven people. They're dedicated, often selfless, ironically, given the self-oriented nature of introverts. Again, the case management skills are assets, and so is the sort of objectivity with which introverts approach problems. When introverts solve a problem, they really solve it, permanently, not pretend to solve it. They also never allow a problem to get away. When identified, the problem is half solved, and the introvert will not cease until the problem is buried. They can do enormous good, and drag people out of horrendous situations.

The only problem with that as a career environment is trauma. Few introverts will show it, but they have a natural empathy with people in need. This particular species of introvert has very strong empathic skills, and they can be traumatized by other people's experiences. It has no effect on their dedication, but it's a corrosive process, and can expose nerves. Introverts aren't often diplomats and can have short fuses, which will go off and damage relationships and send shockwaves through the environment.

The other logical career environment for the introvert is politics. Introverts can keep secrets, understand issues better than practically anyone, and they can read the career environment well, if they bother to learn how. They're more likely to be political policy advisors than politicians. This isn't a common choice of career, because introverts and compromise are almost diametric opposites, but when in the political field, they can work well.

The introvert becomes The Expert, again. Their input is all hard fact. Career dissatisfaction will be based on not getting enough understanding of their information, and what it represents. Introverts expect other people to get their extended logic, which is quite obvious to them. Sometimes they'll go to great lengths to make it obvious to others. If that doesn't work, or if the reason for not following their recommendations is considered stupid, or far worse, superficial, the introvert will be on the next plane out.

Like business, politics is a take it or leave it option for introverts. It's a pity, because their ability to handle information is excellent, better than the other types, and their expertise is invaluable. They can anticipate problems, and have fixes ready, before problems arise. They don't understand, in many cases, other priorities, and that usually creates a likelihood of clashes, which introverts can see coming, and avoid. In business and politics, they sometimes avoid the whole career environments, and the world's a poorer place for it.

Introverts do adapt to social environments, sometimes grudgingly and slowly. Communication is the key to working with them, and in a career environment you can't communicate unless you involve their intelligence. The best way to approach an introvert is to ask a question about their work. The question is like an ID. It identifies your level of knowledge, in that you need to ask that particular question. If it's an intelligent question, they'll talk to you. If the response is dismissive, you've underestimated them, perhaps badly. You can redeem yourself with a much tougher question, and understanding the answer.

Introverts have one noticeable failing. Dealing with other people relates to their own standards, not those of other people. They're sometimes clumsy in this regard. They can be extremely critical, unreasonably so, unless they have enough information to qualify the criticism.

It's part of their nature. They need to learn about other people's sensitivities, particularly the social ones. As professionals, mature introverts may well expect the social environment to adapt to them. That can get on anyone's nerves, and they need a reliable association with a third party to prevent tripping over an obvious social gaffe which the other three types would know to avoid on principle.

The criticism, for example, is unlikely to be malicious, just flat footed. They may not know what they're putting their victims through, and not even understand the damage they're doing. It can take years to repair the relationships and the fallout.

It is, however, a real issue in career environments, and it works like a stink bomb, going off in the wrong places. The introvert is not a social animal, at heart, and will refuse to back down, creating more problems, unless they can actually see they've made a mistake. This social clumsiness is correctable, and most of the time their friends will do the work.

The introvert's best career environment is based on working to their natural aptitudes and their preferred subjects. They're stubborn as any number of mules, and don't like being put into environments where those conditions aren't met. They repay a good career environment with dedication and prodigious amounts of excellent work. Left in peace to do their work, they're happy, and will have great careers.