ISFPs love to have a deeper meaning within the context of their career that helps them to achieve a greater good for others. They are also highly imaginative and creative, which means their inventiveness requires a certain level of independence in order to provide results. Trying to make the ISFP conform to certain policies or procedures that don’t make sense to them is like trying to alter the laws of gravity. It isn’t going to happen unless there’s a revolutionary new idea that can be proven.
Because of this desire to be independent and creative, here are some of the top ISFP careers to avoid.
1. Credit Processing.
Nothing is worse to the ISFP personality than being forced to work in a small cubicle for 8-9 hours per day, doing nothing but staring at a computer screen and credit applications. Even regular data input is better than this because there is no creativity in research. The same could be said of collections. Having to collect past due balances shows a failure on the ISFPs judgment, to them anyway, and the whole day becomes a prolonged, painful experience.
ISFPs love to improvise. You’ll often find this personality working on hobbies at home that help them to explore their creative sides in unique, meaningful ways. When it comes to budgets and numbers, however, there really is no room to improvise. There is the need to stay consistent and true to the needs and goals of the organization. Combine that with the typical office environment of an accountant and the ISFP would rather go have a root canal than go to work.
ISFPs love the color and changing environment of the farm, but they loathe the routine that is never-changing. The chores on the farm that must be completed are the same and just change based on the time of day or the schedule of the seasons. The idea of working on one’s own is extremely attractive and can push aside the negative feelings for some time, but ultimately the ISFP will want their creativity to be released in a more meaningful way.
The ISFP personality hates boredom. They don’t focus on the long-term picture, preferring to instead live in each moment and attempt to find a level of perfection in every day. Because of this, jobs that focus more on long-term needs being met are difficult for ISFPs. In teaching, the gains that come over weeks or months are less important than daily gains that are observed – and daily gains aren’t always observed.
Although short-term construction projects, like a landscaping project or home remodeling, are very attractive to the ISFP, long-term construction projects are not. Spending three years to build a skyscraper or 10 years to build a dam is just not something that the ISFP personality will find joy in completing. This personality wants to make the world a little more exciting and beautiful with each and every day. Spending months doing the same thing, even though progress is being made, doesn’t provide that excitement.
ISFPs are good at identifying present issues, but they sometimes struggle to connect feelings and behaviors now to future actions. They also struggle to stay focused on a long-term certification need or advanced degree to become a counselor. ISFPs grow very frustrated with people when change can’t be achieved in the moment because that’s what they would do if given the option. The greatest reward comes from what can be done at this moment – not in a moment 2 weeks from now.
7. Financial Planning.
The ISFP often feels like they don’t have control over the long-term goals. This is especially true with their 401k plans, their IRAs, and other retirement planning options. They focus on present needs instead of anticipating future needs, which means a career as a financial planner is generally not a great option. Related careers, such as a loan advisor, a broker, and other financial careers that take a long-term approach to investments, savings, and wealth are also advisable to avoid.
The top ISFP careers to avoid limit the individuality and creativity of this personality type to make the world a better place right now, in this very moment. Long-term goals are often sacrificed for short-term gains. Jobs that allow freedom, creativity, and consultation are the careers that ISFPs enjoy. This is because the world can become a little less boring because of what the ISFP does every day.