Personality & careers
Introverts in the church : finding our place in an extroverted culture
Adam S. McHugh.
Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Books, c2009.
Introverts are called and gifted by God. But many churches tend to be extroverted places where introverts are marginalized. Some Christians end up feeling like it's not as faithful to be an introvert.Adam McHugh shows how introverts can live and minister in ways consistent with their personalities. He explains how introverts and extroverts process information and approach relationships differently and how introverts can practice Christian spirituality in ways that fit who they are. With practical illustrations from church and parachurch contexts, McHugh offers ways for introverts to serve, lead, worship and even evangelize effectively.Introverts in the Churchis essential reading for any introvert who has ever felt out of place, as well as for church leaders who want to make their churches more welcoming to introverts. Discover God's call and empowering to thrive as an introvert, for the sake of the church and kingdom.
Introvert power : why your inner life is your hidden strength
Laurie Helgoe.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks, c2008.
This book describes the power of introversion and how to take advantage of it. Helgoe addresses common beliefs about introversion, such as connections to mental illness, and societal taboos against solitude; the importance of private space, thinking, and observation; and how to bring aspects of introversion to the extroverted world. Helgoe, an introvert herself, is a writer and psychologist. Annotation #169;2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Careers for extroverts & other gregarious types
Jan Goldberg.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2006.
The most rewarding, secure, and high-paying jobs entail good communication skills. If you have a talent for motivating a group of individuals to work toward the same goal, from a boardroom brainstorming meeting to the Electric Slide at a wedding reception, you're a "people person" and an ideal candidate for one or more of the careers covered in this book. Careers for Extroverts & Other Gregarious Types provides all the information you need to launch a career as a: Travel agent, Retail salesperson, Legislator, Disc jockey, Real estate broker, Musician, Insurance agent, Actor, Public relations expert, Sales manager, Fund-raiser.
Careers for extroverts & other gregarious types
Jan Goldberg.
Lincolnwood, Ill. : VGM Career Horizons, c2000.
VGM's most popular career series appeals to all those who have longed to earn a living doing what they Dove most -- whether that is growing plants, tinkering with cars, handling animals, or conquering cyberspace.

The books take an enticing look at the possibilities and training requirements for dozens of jobs involving a wide variety of popular hobbies and interests. Each book introduces readers to people who have turned a passion into a profession.


Not happy with your career choice?  Maybe it is time to look at your personality--are you more of an introvert than an extrovert?

Personality indicator

Knowing your personality type, as measured through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument (MBTI), can help you with career planning at every stage.

(the MBTI)

Introverts work well on their own, are good listeners, relish time to reflect on ideas, and are attracted to opportunities to help others.  These traits are pluses in many rewarding careers.

  • Writers and artists get the opportunity to work independently from home or their studios.
  • Computer professionals spend hours in front of computer screens devising ways for technology to make life better for all of us. 
  • Security guards must enjoy solitude and be trustworthy as they provide round-the-clock protection.
  • Engineers, judges, architects, skilled craftsmen, and interpreters are just few of the other careers introverts might explore.

Introverts are also successful in occupations more often chosen by extroverts.  Good listening skills, the ability to make long lasting relatioships, and an attention to detail lead many introverts to become successful sales professionals.

Well-known introverts

Bill Gates
Steve Martin
Albert Einstein
Michael Jordan
Jane Goodall
Isaac Newton
Jacqueline Onassis
Warren Buffett

Introverts may be shy, but do not mistake that trait that for weakness, lack of confidence, or indecision.  Introverts make strong bosses with their willingness to listen to the ideas of others, integrity, attention to detail, and ability to make tough decisions.

Workplaces need all types of people. Whether you are an introvert, an extrovert--or some of both-- consider letting your personality help guide your career decision.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff