As someone who fits the Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving (ESFP) personality type on the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory, you primarily take in new information via your five senses. You analyze things in a concrete and literal fashion with your internal senses playing a secondary role. You love people and new experiences. Other people think you are a lot of fun and view you as a natural performer. Since you love being the center of attention, you relish the role.
With your natural love of people and strong interpersonal skills, you may frequently find yourself in the role of peacemaker, whether you desire it or not. Others seek you for this role because you appear empathetic and genuinely concerned for the well-being of others. You can’t handle being bored; you live for excitement and drama, which can sometimes be a detriment. With your strong powers of observation, you tend to sense when something is wrong much sooner than other people.
Strengths and Weaknesses of ESFPs
You are normally a happy, spontaneous, and optimistic person. Your spontaneous side can get you in trouble because you value fun over rationality. Another potential problem is your preference for immediate gratification and your tendency to overindulge yourself in several areas because you do not always consider the long-term consequences of your actions. One of your greatest strengths is that you can accept most people exactly as they are. People feel happy and entertained when they are around you.
Although you are a practical person, you have a low tolerance for routine and structure. You have an amazing ability to improvise and go with the flow of almost any situation. When it comes to learning new material, you retain information by interacting with others and by hands-on experience.
Career Possibilities for the ESFP
Being an excellent team player is one of your strongest assets on the job. A fast-paced career that allows you to interact with others continually and offers a variety of duties would fit your personality type best. Some of your strongest job prospects include:
- Fashion Designer
- Interior Decorator
- Portrait Photographer
You may also wish to consider a career as a social worker, artist, or sales representative. However, you need to be aware of your tendency to make people happy and seek immediate solutions. That may not always be possible when you have to push people to resolve personal problems or overcome their sales objections. If you choose to work as an artist, you should set up your environment so that you work around others most of the time.
Jobs requiring a great deal of structure and time alone would not be a good fit for you. Again, avoid careers that don’t allow you to seek immediate solutions or make people happy. Some examples of poor job prospects include special needs teacher, writer, or the military.
When making a choice about which career to pursue, it’s important to understand your personality so that you choice a field that best matches your interests and skills. By performing one-on-one interviews with professionals across a variety of careers, The Career Project created one-of-a-kind career profiles. Browse our career profiles today to read about careers you may be interested in. For more information on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, see our first post.