Best Career and College Advice for ISFJs from 3 Successful ISFJs

ISFJ

ISFJ stands for Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging. This is one of the more common Myers Briggs “types” in America, particularly women. ISFJs make up 14 percent of the general U.S.A. population. Broken down by gender, estimates are that 19 percent of women are ISFJs and 8 percent of men.

That’s a good thing. Because ISFJs are cool. They are industrious caretakers, loyal to traditions and organizations. They are compassionate, and caring, and are motivated to provide for others and protect them from the perils of life. But they’re also pretty grounded and practical. If you know an ISFJ, you understand what we mean. They are reliable (of course), conscientious and methodical. Sound like anyone you know?

Some celebrity ISFJs are Jimmy Carter, Christopher Walken, Halle Berry, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Tiger Woods, and Jessica Simpson.

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Interviewee 1:head
Age: 34
Gender: M
Location: Baltimore

Job Title: Medical Researcher

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your educational history?
A: I attended Johns Hopkins. What I understand about myself I learned only after graduating high school. I’m an independent learner. I need to have a deep understanding of a subject before I actually can fully understand it. That’s why high school was not a pleasant experience. At Johns Hopkins independent analyzing and researching of subjects is looked upon very favorably. So I did well there.

Q: What is your current position at work?
A: Researcher, Office of Research, University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Q: Do you feel like your education was a good fit for your personality?
A:  High school no. Definitely not. College, yes. I preferred to look things up and read up about them in-depth on my own time. And then when I truly understood it, I moved on to the next topic and tried to analyze that. And at the end, I looked at all the pieces of information I had gathered, processed, and analyzed and began to integrate them into one cohesive concept.

Q: Do you feel like your current role at work is a good fit for your personality?
A: Couldn’t be better. As a researcher I get to delve deeply into the most arcane subjects, thoroughly study them and then report back to my group. I like being an expert. I also like being left alone to do a project thoroughly and intensely.

Q: What are strengths in work and school that you’ve gained from your personality?
A: I’m a note taker. It’s how I learn best. I realized that about myself at college. That I do best when I take a lot of notes and then can go home and go over the subject. Same thing at work now, years later. As a researcher, I am constantly reading scientific papers, assisting our doctors and scientists, going to medical conventions. I write everything down so that when I am questioned later, I can go to my notes and respond appropriately.

Q: What are weaknesses in work and school that you’ve felt due to your personality?

A: People think I’m a loner and I don’t necessarily disagree. I listen more than I speak. If you are an expert in something, I’ll let you talk, get all the attention you require. I’m practical. But this comes across as being not interested in something being said, which is not true. Most of the time.

 

Interviewee 2:head_two
Age: 37
Gender: F
Location:  Miami, Fla.
Job Title: Registered Nurse

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your educational history?
A:.Went to University of South Florida. They had a reputation as a good school for people who wanted to become R.N.s so I researched the school, emailed students, finally went there and wasn’t disappointed.

Q: What is your current position at work?
A:. I’m an R.N. at a major hospital in Miami (you can guess which one: OK, Jackson Memorial)

Q: Do you feel like your education was a good fit for your personality?

A: Sure was. Because I planned it from the git-go. I was always that way, my mother would tell me. “Honey, you know exactly what you want to do” and it was true. Dead set on becoming a nurse and helping people, and I did it.


Q: Do you feel like your current role at work is a good fit for your personality?

A:. Yes. And I’m at one of the best hospitals in Miami. I had to work my way up. I earned that R.N. I do like the field I am in. I am so passionate about working with staff to help people who really need us. We take a team based approach, which fits me perfectly. It’s not always an easy job. The work schedules can have you working at all hours, but it is very gratifying.

Q: What are strengths in work and school that you’ve gained from your personality?

A: In school I was a hard worker and that personality trait stayed with me to this day. I am responsible and organized, which helps when you are dealing with patients and doctors’ prescription notes. I love my work, although it can be very hard and tiring. I once had a supervisor call me dependable. I couldn’t describe myself better than that one word.

 

Q: What are weaknesses in work and school that you’ve felt due to your personality?

A: Need to be more assertive. Sometimes I don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings so I hold back on expressing my opinions. I need to be more objective. More logical. Also, I have trouble with authority figures, like some hospital administrators. I wish I was better at dealing with criticism. It’s something I’m working on.

 

Interviewee #3:head
Age: 29
Gender: F
Location: Helena, Montana                Job Title: Teacher and blog editor (part time)

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your educational history?
A:. Went to school in Minnesota. After that got a job teaching. Now I’m finally going to earn a master’s degree.

Q: What is your current position at work?
A: I teach at a middle school in Montana. Guess I like cold weather.

Q: Do you feel like your education was a good fit for your personality?

  1. When I started school, truthfully, I didn’t have a clue about what I wanted to be when I graduated. I had some video editing skills so I worked at that after graduation. It was too unstructured. Jumped into teaching. Like that a whole lot better. Don’t know what’s coming next, though.  

Q: Do you feel like your current role at work is a good fit for your personality?

A: Well, I’m still feeling things out. For me I need to be passionate about what I do or I’m no good at anything. What I do is very people oriented (kids) and so it fits my personality pretty good.

Q: What are strengths in work and school that you’ve gained from your personality?

A: Here’s one thing I really hate. People have this stereotype of sensors, people thinking we’re less intelligent because we tend to be practical. I am creative and I can handle the challenge of abstract ideas. But like most teachers, I have a course plan that I follow all year. I mean, kids need core curriculum and good grades to get into a good university.

Q: What are weaknesses in work and school that you’ve felt due to your personality?

  1. Playing off my last answer, I do need structure in my life. I’m in the education field and sometimes I get stressed until I pull myself back and plan things out for my classes. High school teaching is a real challenge these days. Thinking back on my college days, the less structured classes gave me trouble; most of my friends thought those classes were cool. I didn’t.

 

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