Hi all - I am 22, from Australia, and really struggling to find/stick with a career or even “area” of work. I know ENTJs are prone to regular changes and moving on etc, but is it just me who is incredbly bothered by this?! It causes me a lot of stress to feel “powerless” or like I have lost control of my career direction.
Was a very high achiever in sport and academics at school (studied English, Modern History, Ancient History, Chemistry, Math, Physical Education). Was college captain; my best skills have always been written and oral communication.
I had my own personal training franchise as an 18 year old - I was successful but found it wasn’t really stimulating me intellectually, and I absolutely could not cope being in constant interaction with clients (sometimes I would see 15+ people per day, all with different personalities, I had to communicate with them differently, motivate them, it was EXHAUSTING! ) - I’m the sort of person who thinks that people just get in the way of what I am trying to teach them …
I started studying Engineering but became very sick and had to withdraw … by the time I was ready to return to University, I decided to do something Health related (everyone was telling me that I was never going to like engineering). Nursing was the only degree available, so thats where I started with a mind to transferring in the new year. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything, so I just stuck to nursing and thought that I would study medicine afterwards. The problem was, that the first year and a bit of nursing was a lot of science and epidimiology etc, which I enjoyed. But the second half has been all practicals and vague, conceptual, baseless, pointless nursing theory - which I have HATED!. I sat medical school entrance exams and did very well, but soon after realised that any career in clinical health care would not suit me. I simply dont have the passion or interest to be constantly engaged with sick people. I enjoy a more direct and specific application of my knowledge and skills in a environment that I can control more - not sure if this makes sense… The ironic thing is that I am really good at interacting with patients, facilitators and educators often highlight my empathy and natural capacity to interact and communicate with patients as my best asset - I just dont enjoy it.
I love knowledge - I can enjoy learning about almost anything. I think I still enjoy communicating with people, but in more of a collaborative, professional context. I like the idea of working on large scale projects - so I have investigated paths such as engineering, science, and IT / business systems. Ive noticed that lots of ENTJs are employed in these sectors, but worry becuase I have never really had an interest in IT or math. I was always to busy with sport at school, study didn’t really interest me, even though I was good at it.
Sorry for the info overload, but if anyone has suggestions on strategies or activities I can utilise from here on, I’d love to hear them. Cheers