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FloridaMom1026 in Orlando, Florida

70 months ago

Hello all,

What are some good career paths for someone who is not a "people person". I am not one of those smiley, happy, outgoing people. I like to sit at my desk and work and be left alone. I don't like dealing with the public. I absolutely HATE phones, answering calls or making calls. Please don't say data entry because 1) it only pays $9 or $10 an hour and 2)it's boring. I want something with some variety, where there is always plenty of work to do and I don't have to do busywork like filing or making copies. I want to go back to school and get a degree but I don't know what path to take. Thanks.

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Leah in Oregon, Wisconsin

62 months ago

FloridaMom1026 in Orlando, Florida said: Hello all,

What are some good career paths for someone who is not a "people person". I am not one of those smiley, happy, outgoing people. I like to sit at my desk and work and be left alone. I don't like dealing with the public. I absolutely HATE phones, answering calls or making calls. Please don't say data entry because 1) it only pays $9 or $10 an hour and 2)it's boring. I want something with some variety, where there is always plenty of work to do and I don't have to do busywork like filing or making copies. I want to go back to school and get a degree but I don't know what path to take. Thanks.

Hi,

"I Totally... Understand.. and am not a people person either.. can't stand to work with others to be honest.. Yes .. I can help you and offer you positive.. alternatives. There is nothing wrong with you.. a grown adult would know.. if they had autism.. I am not sure.. what state your in.. I took this WISC test. I am Artistic.. all the way.. as you may also be! Artist people are loners.. Writers.. and Fine Artist are examples of this.. just look back into history. I am in the process of becoming a screen writer.. but.. I too am here... to see what I can do in the meantime.. There are many short term career paths you can take at a Votech or Community College. Game Animation... is Huge.. On the rise and in demand.. You can work or arrange to work on your own and get top dollar .. over 70 grand. Graphic Design or Kitchen/bathroom design/CAD.. is another option. Land Surveying..Real Estate Appraising..Inspectors.. Repair Person.. Electrician.. Plumber.. Not that they are artistic.. lol ..just ideas.. you could work in animal control or a zoo. You can do cartooning.. or archetectural drawing. You could build..homes.. carpentry.. forest ranger..game warden..Wild Life jobs..Animal trainer.. You could become a writer.. a script writer.. you could become an actor. You could be a camera person.. HUGS

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shellster in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

62 months ago

FloridaMom: I've got it - you could work in a morgue! Dude, it's perfect :o)

Seriously, I totally understand about not being a "people person" and wanting to work quietly without interruptions, phones etc. And it's not Asperger's, it's called being an introvert and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. I don't want to deal with people most of the time, because most people are generally annoying. Ha ha, Just kidding. Maybe.

My last job started out perfect - almost no phone calls, I could listen to my MP3 all day, it was a lot of data entry but with a good mix of admin processing, my department was nice and quiet, but then towards the end my department was required to provide back up phone support to the call center (ewww!) and I became completely stressed out on a daily basis. Horrible! So, I have come to the conclusion that I thrive in a quiet work environment (no call centers! blech, lol) and hope to go back to school to pursue a new career, possibly for clinical lab tech or similar.

I recently finished reading an excellent book called "The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World" by Marti Laney. You may find it quite helpful.

Good luck to you...

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JeezyDaSnowman in Deltona, Florida

62 months ago

can someone tell me how to post your own discussion?

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NatureLover in Louisville, Kentucky

60 months ago

FloridaMom1026, I have the same issues with work. In this economy, it is incredibly hard for people like us to find work that does not deal with people non-stop. As far as career ideas, one that is good for you is Medical Laboratory Technician or Technologist. The first option can be accomplished with a two-year degree, while the second option needs a four-year degree. Get an associates degree to be an MLT, and you will work with specimens and microscopes all day. You may occasionally have to draw blood (maybe), but you will be in your own world most of the time. In this economy, the medical field is one of the only fields still hiring.

Also, "Measured Progress" has seasonal work just grading tests for elementary and high schools, but you need about two years of college to do that. You work in the summer and maybe a month or two in the fall sitting at a computer and scoring all day. Some of these tests are really interesting and funny, so it's not too bad. I know MP is in Florida, as well as Kentucky, so check it out if you have some college.

Good luck! If you do find something you like in this crap economy, let me know so I can do it too!!!!!

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NumeSpot in Hamden, Connecticut

60 months ago

FloridaMom1026 in Orlando, Florida said: Hello all,

What are some good career paths for someone who is not a "people person". I am not one of those smiley, happy, outgoing people. I like to sit at my desk and work and be left alone. I don't like dealing with the public. I absolutely HATE phones, answering calls or making calls. Please don't say data entry because 1) it only pays $9 or $10 an hour and 2)it's boring. I want something with some variety, where there is always plenty of work to do and I don't have to do busywork like filing or making copies. I want to go back to school and get a degree but I don't know what path to take. Thanks.

Thanks for being honest and asking a very genuine question. Are you finding it difficult to narrow down the paths that are of interest to you? Because you seem to like interacting with the work itself, rather than the people, I think it's helpful to consider what type of experience you enjoy having. For example, some people enjoy writing because it gives them the freedom to think through ideas, to communicate in a controlled setting, to outline what's most important to them, etc. Other people enjoy solving problems because they get to review lots of data, consider various options, analyze results. Some people really enjoy doing recurring tasks and getting very good at them, i.e. folding clothes or assembling small crafts. I ask you what you enjoy primarily because I find that people work much more effectively when they enjoy what they're doing. So, if you can determine what you enjoy doing, then I suspect you'll be able to find good work and earn a decent living at it.

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NOYB in Saint Louis, Missouri

60 months ago

I was beginning to think I was the only one...

I'm an introvert myself and I hate this service driven economy where the majority of available jobs consist of talking to/waiting on clients/customers or dealing with customer service issues. If I see one more customer service/call center opening I'm going to scream. Temp agencies are just as bad as all they have are admin assistants/secertarial and customer service/data entry positions where you take customer orders over the phone. If I wanted a job where I had to listen to other people's problems all day, I would have majored in psychology/social work.

I am the type of individual who works better behind the scene/in the back of the house with the same groups of people/same tasks every day, but it seems as if the only jobs available like that are housekeeping/janitoral type positions that pay min wage and hire people with a ged level education and attitude(I have a bachelors). I also have poor motor/hand eye coordination skills so data entry positions are off limits to me. I am also bad with numbers so banking/financial type positions are not for me either.

I was in a voc rehab program and took testing to determine my strengths and weaknesses. I now apply the KSA/I(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities/Interests) when looking for jobs but rarely find any positions that match my KSA/I aptitudes.

Like many of you, I wish employers would realize that not everybody is an outgoing people person and some of us can't work retail/customer service type positions. Where are the jobs for creative, task minded types who want to work on projects, not with people?

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Shelia T in Sanger, California

60 months ago

Ever see that movie Office Space? Well, the main character hated his job and all I could think about while watching it was how much I wish I had that job!! I'd love to sit at a desk in a cubicle and do data entry type busy work. Having a non customer service oriented job would be a dream come true for me! Where are those types of jobs??

So far, I've only ever excelled at being a student. I didn't have to talk to anyone and I could go to class, listen to lectures, be surrounded by people, but never have to worry about interacting with them. I sometimes wish I were more social but I've found my social outlet online. I just wish I could find a job to fit me.

Does anyone know of any data entry jobs that you can do from home that isn't a scam? I wonder if there's a job listing site for introverts... Now, that's an idea... Someone run with it!

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RobInStLouis in Waterloo, Illinois

60 months ago

Mike in East Haven, Connecticut said: I am kind of intoverted.... people can sense someting in me thats bad when they talk to me or even if i am not in the same state as them. just called for a job and the guy said the job was taken when he told me to call today... and then hung up. i dont know what i could do. im an undergrad still, kind of extroverted and intoverted.... but just got shot down by some guy on a telephone sales job..... why.

You are either EXTROverted (the correct spelling) or introverted, not both. You are one or the other, but most people can adapt with practice. But as a true introvert you will need to find time to back off of a social task and recharge. Phone selling is a social task. Extroverts feed off of the social interaction of a phone call or sales/social event. They are powered by social interaction, which is why they make great salesmen as long as they are practiced, polished, and say the right things. As an introvert I think that I could go a week without any social interaction. It has been said that extroverts speak before they think (some foot-in-mouth disease here), and introverts think before they speak (thus more quiet). If you are indeed both, there is medication for that....
The Myers-Briggs test is the gold standard. They swear that there are no right or wrong answers. It's a lie when it determines your fate in the job market, or forbid, your current job to see if you are right for it (happened to me). Extroverted Salesmen = $100K per year. Introverted data entry person = $10 per hour. Pigeonholing at its best!

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Jamie in Calgary, Alberta

60 months ago

shellster in Pawtucket, Rhode Island said: FloridaMom: I've got it - you could work in a morgue! Dude, it's perfect :o)

Seriously, I totally understand about not being a "people person" and wanting to work quietly without interruptions, phones etc. And it's not Asperger's, it's called being an introvert and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. I don't want to deal with people most of the time, because most people are generally annoying. Ha ha, Just kidding. Maybe.

My last job started out perfect - almost no phone calls, I could listen to my MP3 all day, it was a lot of data entry but with a good mix of admin processing, my department was nice and quiet, but then towards the end my department was required to provide back up phone support to the call center (ewww!) and I became completely stressed out on a daily basis. Horrible! So, I have come to the conclusion that I thrive in a quiet work environment (no call centers! blech, lol) and hope to go back to school to pursue a new career, possibly for clinical lab tech or similar.

I recently finished reading an excellent book called "The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World" by Marti Laney. You may find it quite helpful.

Good luck to you...

haha, love the morgue comment, can't get any more perfect than that!

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Changing Times in Roseville, California

58 months ago

Some type of science field, like biology or working for the fish and game department, like a forest ranger. There's just one thing, any type of job, at least in the real world, will require some kind of human interaction.

FloridaMom1026 in Orlando, Florida said: Hello all,

What are some good career paths for someone who is not a "people person". I am not one of those smiley, happy, outgoing people. I like to sit at my desk and work and be left alone. I don't like dealing with the public. I absolutely HATE phones, answering calls or making calls. Please don't say data entry because 1) it only pays $9 or $10 an hour and 2)it's boring. I want something with some variety, where there is always plenty of work to do and I don't have to do busywork like filing or making copies. I want to go back to school and get a degree but I don't know what path to take. Thanks.

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NOYB in Saint Louis, Missouri

57 months ago

Had a friend call me the other day about a Customer Service Rep job the other day and she was going on and on about how easy a job it would be,and that it was close to where I live and all the while I was thinking in my head you have got to be kidding me. For an introvert, call centers are the bane of our existence (she on the other hand is an extrovert).

I searched Indeed to see if I could find out more info about the job and found that it was a CSR/data entry position I wouldn't qualify anyway since I wouldn't meet the typing requirements-why apply and set myself up for failure /rejectionBD,DT (Been There, Done That) with the staffing agencies.

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Leigh in West Babylon, New York

57 months ago

FloridaMom1026 in Orlando, Florida said: Hello all,

What are some good career paths for someone who is not a "people person". I am not one of those smiley, happy, outgoing people. I like to sit at my desk and work and be left alone. I don't like dealing with the public. I absolutely HATE phones, answering calls or making calls. Please don't say data entry because 1) it only pays $9 or $10 an hour and 2)it's boring. I want something with some variety, where there is always plenty of work to do and I don't have to do busywork like filing or making copies. I want to go back to school and get a degree but I don't know what path to take. Thanks.

just because someone is smiley & happy does not mean that they are outgoing and like people. I am one of those people who is constantly so upbeat at work and always smiling. People are always asking me if I ever stop smiling. People always think I am extroverted. Guess what? I am an introvert and I hate people! I want a career where I can be by myself most of the time too and not have to deal with personal conversations at work. Personal conversations at work drain me to the point where when I get home I dont even want to talk to my husband. I am not an extrovert in any way at all, I just like to be friendly and smile. So, the next time you see that extremely happy person with a smile on his/her face all the time.....dont be fooled. He or she is probably not outgoing like you think. People think I am outgoing all the freaking time and I am tired of it. To answer your question...try any computer careers.
Computer careers are great for introverts. You still have to talk to people of course, but its not like other careers where there is pressure to talk all day like sales or teaching etc. & computer jobs pay very well.

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zoobie in Goldsboro, North Carolina

57 months ago

The advice to become a librarian if you don't like people is inaccurate. Unless you work strictly in tech services (cataloging), you actually have to interact with people quite a bit.

If you're working at a reference desk, especially in a public library, you'll deal with people who are drunk, high, mentally ill, or otherwise impaired, as well as people who are just plain belligerent or uncooperative (and also some perfectly nice, ordinary folks). You will have to exercise your customer service skills (this is VERY heavily emphasized by library administration and will be a key point for getting hired) with patrons who stretch your tolerance to the breaking point. This is definitely NOT the field for someone who doesn't want to deal with other people on a daily basis.

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bounce7890@hotmail.com in Little Elm, Texas

57 months ago

Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania said: Leah: you can also start your own home-based business . If you have a hobby, you can turn it into a successful career. You might want to take a business management course as well.

If you do, you'll be joining the millions of other people in this country who are sick and tired of the BS and the false hope and promises of Corporate America.

As someone who was sick and tired of politics at my former job, I started my own home-based business ... and now I'm sick of all people all the time. "People" are just morons. When you own your own business, you'll see the absolute worse in almost everyone you talk to. Trust me, owning your own business is NOT the way to go when you are trying to find a job that doesn't deal with people. All you do is "deal with people" when you are the "head cheese."
I would suggest a job that entails working with your hands: construction, working with animals ... physical labor. Some of the happiest people I know work with their hands all day!

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Flatulent Elephant in Kent, Washington

57 months ago

I'm not really a "people person" either, hence I've mostly done field work in my jobs. You may have to deal w/the boss in the office in the morning &/or end of the day, but for the most part you're on your own w/maybe the occasional client coming up to you to ask questions, etc. but it's not bad. I would imagine it's hard to find office work where you're not dealing w/people -- either upfront or over the phone, etc.

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RobInStLouis in Waterloo, Illinois

57 months ago

I have a couple of books about introversion that may be helpful. The first is "The Introvert Advantage" and it tells you alot about introversion. It's especially helpful if you don't know what is going on with yourself. Some parts of it are a little condescending, but overall it answers some questions.
Another is "Why should Extroverts Make all the Money?" and it can help point you in the right career direction.

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Average in Medford, Massachusetts

57 months ago

Record unemployment in construction right now...
I'm sure the sector will recover somewhat but I'm not sure when and to what level. I've 'talked' to someone about it several months ago. I was left with the impression that there's no clear path, outside of a union based apprenticeship. The current situation with apprenticeships, from my experience is that there are more applicants than open slots for apprenticeships. Some apprenticeships have been suspended.
Trade schools are the next best option but they're becoming as expensive as a BA.

Many computer jobs can be outsourced.

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ana in Elizabeth, New Jersey

57 months ago

I am not sure what to take wether bookkeeping or medical coding. I am very quiet and shy so I would like to work from home.

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adglen in La Puente, California

57 months ago

OMG Ana (ana in Elizabeth, New Jersey), I am in the exact situation as you are, deciding whether or not to take bookkeeping or medical coding, and I also consider myself shy and quiet. Check out the medical coding forum. I did, and I came to find out it is not for me. According to some, you need to be very careful when choosing schools since some of them do not offer certification, and most employers will not hire people unless they have at least 2 or more years experience. There is a lot more work in coding that I was not aware of, and you need to be very knowledgeable in the subject. I am glad that I got to read many of the comments made by the readers. However, do not let these comments persuade you to do otherwise if you really want to go into coding, just be very careful. Now, I will look into the bookkeeping forum so what is there. Good luck in your decision!

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Mo Money in Watervliet, New York

56 months ago

I am an intorvert as well. Unfortunately, we intorverts have limited options. Some jobs that would fit out personalities are:
1) Pizza delivery driver
You can find a good job by staying away from franchises like "Pizza Hut" or "Dominos". Try a smaller local store in a relatively upscale neighborhood. They usually will pay off the books, so to speak, and your pay is untaxable if you dont claim it at tax time. You can make about $12-15/hr daily, but is better on weekends. You will have to use your own vehicle though, but you dont have to wear their ugly uniforms...
2) Car Detailer
Some car dealerships/rental car companies hire people to clean cars inside and out. You do have to brave the weather but is usually done in a garage.
Privately owned car washes hire car detailers to clean people's vehicles inside and out and pay can be off the books too and can make $15/hr plus tips.
3) Truck Driver
Truck driving also is a good option if you dont like people and if you like driving/travel. You dont have time for sightseeing because you have a strict schedule to adhere to. And sometimes the lines on the road can put you to sleep. It is also poor on your health because you dont move around much and you eat poorly. But the pay gets better with longer trips. Some companies offer local routes so you dont have to be away from home.
4) Delivery Driver
Companies like "FedEx" pay around $20/hr for delivering mail/packages on local routes near home. It does involve some physical work of loading the truck and delivery/pick up of mail to/from its destinations.
5) Transcriptionist
Transcriptioning pays $10-15/hr depending waht company you work for. It is very independent and can be done from home if possible. For example, you sit with a recording from a doctor and you transcribe (write) doctor's orders/notes. There is no one to entertain but yourself.
6) Business Owner
If you have a hobby (like making bikes out of bamboo), this can be done at home. Marketing involves people.

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ALPinWA in Lakewood, Washington

56 months ago

OP, can you work with people via email? I don't care for much contact myself, but my problem is that I don't hide my feelings very well. If I'm annoyed with someone, it shows on my face very clearly.

Working with people via email gives you the chance to control your interaction a little bit more. You can take the time to carefully craft what you want to say to someone, and can have a co-worker look over your work to be sure its diplomatic/correct. If you get an irate email, you have the time to compose yourself, get control of your feelings, and respond when you are better able to. You can't do that on the spot, on the phone, or face to face.

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ana in Elizabeth, New Jersey

56 months ago

Joyous in Asheville, North Carolina said: Do Tell, Samuel

Yes do tell roguyedark1@yahoo.com

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officewithoutdoors in Columbia, South Carolina

56 months ago

The best job is a work-at-home type profession.

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officewithoutdoors in Columbia, South Carolina

56 months ago

Joyous in Asheville, North Carolina said: Do Tell, Samuel

YES! Don't hold back.

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ana in Elizabeth, New Jersey

56 months ago

I dont think your company is legit if you have to pay 185.00 for a list of home based jobs lol.

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officewithoutdoors in Columbia, South Carolina

56 months ago

Samuel Pichardo in North Miami, Florida said: Nice lol -

Kinda hard to believe. If they're helping you find jobs, shouldn't they be getting their up-front cut of your hourly wage from those who are hiring, like all temp companies do?

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John Shivoney in Middle Island, New York

56 months ago

BUSS DRIVER
MEDICAL BILLER
LABRITORY TECH
LAB JOBS

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Joyous in Asheville, North Carolina

56 months ago

Yeah Samuel,
The link you sent was for some scam which wanted to sell me a "kit." That is not a job. And I don't trust them with my CC number.

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haley88 in Troy, Ohio

56 months ago

I can't believe no one has suggested accounting & tax preparation!

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Fed Up. in Wichita, Kansas

56 months ago

Seriously, I don't think the people who are suggesting a library have been in one for the past twenty years. That's the last time it would have been a good position for someone who is an introvert.

Now they are busy trying to convert them to community centers and video for drunks and people who won't read because it's haaaaard. I'm not even going to be nice about it. I loathe my job in the library every single day and I work very, very hard as I do jobs for at least two people because they wont hire anyone to replace people who leave. They just roll the work into the next position handy.

It's a combination of the worst "work" of money counting and putting things away from retail, the worst "customer service" experiences you can imagine from a call center and bill collecting. Plus no one actually respects you and (obviously) everyone thinks your job is filled with fun and joy.

Do NOT go into the library field.

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Mo Money in Latham, New York

56 months ago

Dental laboratory technician $$$$$
Medical laboratory technician
Medical research $$$$$

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Mo Money in Latham, New York

56 months ago

Medical Coding
Medical Billing
Health Information Technology

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jsearch in Los Angeles, California

55 months ago

I don't work in the library, but I can see what you librarian workers mean. Ever since, media and computers have come, it's just a free rental area , internet browsing, and a place for bums and drunks. They don't even accommodate quiet reading areas for students and researchers anymore.

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jd in Chicago, Illinois

55 months ago

You have to just forget about a career defining you for one. And work towards your abilities. Picking a good skill set is good. All the careers I think would be fulfilling, I don't think I would be a good fit for. I hate corporate america, can't stand it. I just want to be artistic, write, and live out my life. As it is, I do web development, sure it isn't GREAT, but I know how to do it, and have a skill set. I can get clients from time to time, then put some artistic elements into it. The other thing I like is working for non profits, thing is, any job that pays well in non profits, is kind of a douchey type job, people in business suits, that kind of stuff. I would avoid it like the plague.

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amyfromar_98 in Outthere, Arkansas

55 months ago

I would just like to say that I am so very glad that there are others out there just like me!!! I've been working with the public for half of my life, every since I was old enough to start working & I am sick of it!!! It has made me dislike people, it has made me cranky, irretible, & down right mean some days. I read all these posts on here telling people to figure out what your interested in, well I've been listening to what other people are interested in for soooo long that I don't even know what I'd actually be interested in!!! How bout movies, I love tv & movies is there a job where I can get paid to watch tv? Lol I never really heard the term introvert before I read this post, but I guess you could say that's what I am. Because if I could choose to never speak to another person (other than family, friends, loved ones, etc.) again, I wouldn't!!

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Angie in Brooklyn, New York

55 months ago

amyfromar_98 in Outthere, Arkansas said: I would just like to say that I am so very glad that there are others out there just like me!!! I've been working with the public for half of my life, every since I was old enough to start working & I am sick of it!!! It has made me dislike people, it has made me cranky, irretible, & down right mean some days. I read all these posts on here telling people to figure out what your interested in, well I've been listening to what other people are interested in for soooo long that I don't even know what I'd actually be interested in!!! How bout movies, I love tv & movies is there a job where I can get paid to watch tv? Lol I never really heard the term introvert before I read this post, but I guess you could say that's what I am. Because if I could choose to never speak to another person (other than family, friends, loved ones, etc.) again, I wouldn't!!

If you want a job watching television get a job doing the closed captioning for the deaf. They teach it in court stenography schools.

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laura6 in State College, Pennsylvania

55 months ago

I am too quiet not really smiley and outgoing and don't enjoy working with the public. I am not saying I hate people it's just the only job I've ever had was working in retail for about 8yrs and let me just say...no thanks...been there...seen it all...and need a change asap. My only problem is I don't know what I want to do. I think I am artistic but I don't write or draw. I am terrible at math, English, and science. The only class I ever enjoyed going to was art class but I have no idea what I would do with that. I am just so confused with life!!! Please help if anyone would have any ideas!! Thanks

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jerold in Chicago, Illinois

54 months ago

I work in IT and work from home. IT is somewhere (outside of support) you won't have to deal with many people. I found the environment was even more than I would want to deal with, so I worked my ass off so I could work from home I like being out in nature, and just living out my life. If I could just live on a farm with some animals and not have to supplement income I would do that. The entire wage slave system is pretty bogus.

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amy in Lufkin, Texas

54 months ago

Thanks for the advice on NOT becoming a librarian. I was actually considering that for a career choice. Not only am I an introvert, but I am also NOT good at math AT ALL so IT, accounting, finance things like that would not be something I could do. I have returned to college to finish my degree. I've chosen History as a field of study. I figure with teaching, I would spend most of my time with a certain group of people as opposed to the general public. Also, I would not have to answer a telephone. The phone is the main thing I hate about my job right now.

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Anon in Bakersfield, California

54 months ago

Accounting has changed over the years. I have a stupid AS degree in accounting that ended up being a waste of my time. The accounting field is full of arrogance. If you go all the way up and become a CPA, you're gonna be working with people all day long. If you do income taxes, you're gonna be working with a lot of people as well. Bookkeeping is okay, but it's really hard to get into right now, and even after you pass the test, you still have to work somewhere for some 3,000 hours before you become actually certified. How do you become employed as a bookkeeper (in this economy) without being certified? And how will you ever become certified without being employed? The answer is that you can't. I still get emails and mail from the AIPB trying to sell me their crap. That's not very legitimate or professional. The accounting profession has become such a joke in the last 30 years with all the scandals in "Corporate America". And if you are female, you will definately be expected to answer phones and be all talkative and nurturing as a bookkeeper or any type of accounting clerk. As a business strategy, companies like to have as many breasts as they can where the public can see them. I strongly urge everyone to stay away from accounting unless you are arrogant, enjoy bulls***ing people, and don't mind being pressured to do things that can put you in jail and jeopardize your license. I just want people to be fairly warned.

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Anon in Bakersfield, California

54 months ago

Accounting has changed over the years. I have a stupid AS degree in accounting that ended up being a waste of my time. The accounting field is full of arrogance. If you go all the way up and become a CPA, you're gonna be working with people all day long. If you do income taxes, you're gonna be working with a lot of people as well. Bookkeeping is okay, but it's really hard to get into right now, and even after you pass the test, you still have to work somewhere for some 3,000 hours before you become actually certified. How do you become employed as a bookkeeper (in this economy) without being certified? And how will you ever become certified without being employed? The answer is that you can't. I still get emails and mail from the AIPB trying to sell me their crap. That's not very legitimate or professional. The accounting profession has become such a joke in the last 30 years with all the scandals in "Corporate America". And if you are female, you will definately be expected to answer phones and be all talkative and nurturing as a bookkeeper or any type of accounting clerk. As a business strategy, companies like to have as many breasts as they can where the public can see them. I strongly urge everyone to stay away from accounting unless you are arrogant, enjoy bulls***ing people, and don't mind being pressured to do things that can put you in jail and jeopardize your license. I just want people to be fairly warned.

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Nick in Mesa, Arizona

54 months ago

Shelia T in Sanger, California said: Ever see that movie Office Space? Well, the main character hated his job and all I could think about while watching it was how much I wish I had that job!! I'd love to sit at a desk in a cubicle and do data entry type busy work. Having a non customer service oriented job would be a dream come true for me! Where are those types of jobs??

So far, I've only ever excelled at being a student. I didn't have to talk to anyone and I could go to class, listen to lectures, be surrounded by people, but never have to worry about interacting with them. I sometimes wish I were more social but I've found my social outlet online. I just wish I could find a job to fit me.

Does anyone know of any data entry jobs that you can do from home that isn't a scam? I wonder if there's a job listing site for introverts... Now, that's an idea... Someone run with it!

Hi Shelia,

The guys in Office Space were computer programmers. They wrote and debugged programs, they did not manually enter data into tables. If you like that kind of thing maybe try learning C++ (either on your own or in a class at a local college). I just want to warn you though that its a type of skilled labor, its not just basic secretarial work like data entry. You have to be able to think logically, organize data in your mind, and figure out clever solutions to conventional problems. If that sounds like a job you might like, then definitely check it out. I just wanted to warn you that its not just basic data entry. There's no reason to pay people 70K/year to enter data. A high school kid could easily do that.

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Tina in Cleveland, Ohio

54 months ago

I am an extrovert and I do like people for the most part, yet as the years go by I find that I would rather work alone. I just feel that there are less distractions. I also think that this concept of multi-tasking is BS! There is no way a human being is programed in this manner. A job is best done when it is given ones full attention.

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Nyxalinth in Denver, Colorado

53 months ago

I'm an introvert too, with a call center background. I hate it like mad. I used to keep trying to get into the gA side of things, but never could. right now, call center work is a means to an end for me. Soon as I figure out what I really want and get into it, I am so out of there.

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Ethiope in Fredericksburg, Virginia

53 months ago

RobInStLouis in Waterloo, Illinois said: You are either EXTROverted (the correct spelling) or introverted, not both. You are one or the other, but most people can adapt with practice. But as a true introvert you will need to find time to back off of a social task and recharge. Phone selling is a social task. Extroverts feed off of the social interaction of a phone call or sales/social event. They are powered by social interaction, which is why they make great salesmen as long as they are practiced, polished, and say the right things. As an introvert I think that I could go a week without any social interaction. It has been said that extroverts speak before they think (some foot-in-mouth disease here), and introverts think before they speak (thus more quiet). If you are indeed both, there is medication for that....
The Myers-Briggs test is the gold standard. They swear that there are no right or wrong answers. It's a lie when it determines your fate in the job market, or forbid, your current job to see if you are right for it (happened to me). Extroverted Salesmen = $100K per year. Introverted data entry person = $10 per hour. Pigeonholing at its best!

Actually, that's not true. ExtrAversion (it can be spelled either way) and introversion are a continuum and some people fall right in the middle. All of us has some of both and we tend to call ourselves introverted or extraverted depending on which part of continuum we fall on most of the time. I am to the introverted side of middle, but I sometimes seem very extraverted to the point where there are people that will argue with me that I'm not introverted. That's also because they think introverted people are all shrinking violets who are shy and I'm definitely not.

You said you could go a week without any social interaction. I couldn't. But we're both introverts. I can go about a day and a half before I feel the need to socialize. But, I'm very particular about with whom and how I socialize.

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Ethiope in Fredericksburg, Virginia

53 months ago

I think the sciences are a good place for introverts with an aptitude for that. I'm a physician and have been miserable for 15 years because I picked the wrong specialty (OB/GYN - everyone wants to you to be all excited all the time about babies) and I've been in private practice where I've had to go from room to room interacting with people all day. I've spent a lot of time looking for something different, and just started a job part-time working from home where I review cases for hospitals. I still have to talk to people on the phone, but considering my level of introversion, having some human contact is good. It makes up only about 20 percent of my time which is a good balance for me. I still see patients 3 days a week, but I'm working on transitioning out of that completely. I'm also working on working with a company that does research to find alternatives to animal testing where I think I'd be doing even more pure thinking type of work. I'd have to go on Capitol Hill though, and I don't know how I feel about that.

But, I think if I had it to do all over, I'd go more the research route. That seems to be a path made for introverts.

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jdjd in Chicago, Illinois

53 months ago

Eh sure your an introvert? I can go weeks without social interaction. I enjoy a book more than a handful of a few people. The only reason I am social at all is because I have a girlfriend. I used to dream of being in the mountains or a remote island in solitude with my dog...

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Ethiope in Fredericksburg, Virginia

53 months ago

jdjd in Chicago, Illinois said: Eh sure your an introvert? I can go weeks without social interaction. I enjoy a book more than a handful of a few people. The only reason I am social at all is because I have a girlfriend. I used to dream of being in the mountains or a remote island in solitude with my dog...

Yes, I'm definitely an introvert, I'm just closer to the middle than you sound like you are. Overall, most of the time, I get overwhelmed after too much interaction with people and I need to be alone to regain my energy, which is really all that being an introvert is at its core. And, when I do want interaction I want meaningful interaction mostly in a one-on-one or maybe two-on-one situation. By definition, if something is a continuum then some people are going to have that trait to the extreme and some people not as much. I just fall into the not as much category but I'm introverted enough to have been miserable having to deal with patient after patient all day long and into the night.

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jdjd in Chicago, Illinois

53 months ago

Aye gotcha... Yeah I have taken the online one and I am INFP with 90% Introvert... 38% Intuitive, 62% Feeling, 44% Perceiving. I am the same on the real MBTI.

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