The ESFP personality type is often one that people either love or hate. ESFPs love to work hard and then play hard, which is often reflected in their choice of career. Nothing is better than putting in a hard day’s work and then playing just as hard at home. A unique aspect of the ESFP, however, is that they tend to reflect the moods of those around them and then adapt them as their own moods. If a friend is sad, then the ESFP will also feel sad.
This means that the best jobs for this personality type will be the ones that keep them productive and happy. Therefore these are the ESFP careers to avoid so that happiness can be maintained.
1. Technical Writing.
The problem with this career for the ESFP is that it keeps them isolated and focused on details that are driven by exact data. This personality type enjoys the basic task of writing, but the repetition in technical writing will eventually take its toll on the ESFP. Sometimes you might find a personality in this career able to survive because they have a very active social life, but most ESFPs will want to avoid this career.
2. Data Mining.
The structure of a data analysis job is like poison to the ESFP. They really don’t care about searching through databases to discover new prospects for their business. They’d rather be out there in the field, selling to prospects, because they love the banter of the back and forth of the wining and dining process. Force the ESFP into this structure and they will rebel quickly.
3. Administrative Assistant.
Pretty much any job that is going to require the 8-5 structured schedule is a career that the ESFP is going to want to avoid. Making this personality sit behind a desk to answer telephones and run errands makes work especially difficult for them. It would not be surprising to see an ESFP just delete an entire day’s worth of emails rather than respond to them because they’ll see most of the concerns as petty.
Although accountants can generally set their own schedules, the struggle in this particular career field for the ESFP is the fact that they have to focus on impartial data to make choices. Numbers don’t lie. Being forced to create budgets out of the raw numbers and the create guidelines that keep people within the structure of that budget is problematic for the ESFP. They’d rather be given a company business card so they can take their team out to a well-deserved lunch.
5. Human Resources.
There are a few ESFPs that fit very well into the HR field because their tasks are unstructured and varied. When the ESFP can do some training during the week, interview applicants, give presentations to the workforce, and never really be sitting still, then HR can be successful. Be forced into a cubicle, pushing benefit papers and employee files all day, will cause the ESFP to wash out of HR extremely fast.
Although the ESFP gets human contact while being a nanny, it isn’t the human contact that they really crave. Nannies are often isolated, even though they can take the kids they’re watching out into the community, because they are forced to interact with a group of people that makes them uncomfortable. This is especially true for those who are watching young children. The thought of sitting at a playground, burp rag in one hand and a bottle in the other, is something that many ESFPs wish to avoid even though they don’t mind a touch of chaos in their lives.
The problem that the ESFP personality faces in this particular career is the repetition required for success. Having to call people or businesses time after time to collect past due debts using a script is like grinding fingernails along a chalkboard to this personality. Give them the freedom to be themselves and they might be the best collector in the office, but the risk is that they might just try to forgive someone’s debt when the right emotions are there to make an impact on the ESFP.
ESFPs are an integral part of any team and their passion can be contagious. If the team can adapt to the fact that their emotions are contagious as well, but to the ESFP, then everyone will be able to appreciate everyone’s talents to create a very capable team in virtually any career except the ones listed above.