Careers for Enterprising Types

Enterprising types, or otherwise known as “The Persuaders” work best with people and data. They tend to be adventurous, energetic and confident and are often found socializing with others!

In this article, we will explore the Enterprising type in more detail. We will look at their strengths in the workplace. We will also look at which careers, based on these strengths, Enterprising type personalities are likely to thrive in.

Overview of the Enterprising Type

The Enterprising personality type, or “The Persuader”, is one of the six personality types included in the Holland Code model of personality. Typically, Enterprising types are adventurous and enthusiastic. These types of people tend to place great value on power, status and money and, as a result, they are dominant, assertive and influential.

They get their nickname “The Persuader” because of their excellent social skills. They are good talkers and very persuasive. Some would say that these types of people can “sell ice to an eskimo!”.

Career Considerations

Many of an Enterprising personality types strengths are in their energetic nature and ability to persuade others. At work, they truly stand out because of skills such as:

  • Negotiation skills. Due to their excellent social skills, Enterprising individuals are able to strategically negotiate with others and persuade them to do things.
  • Motivating and Influencing Others. Enterprising types like to make lasting impression on others, as a result they use their energy to motivate others.
  • Leadership skills. Enterprising people confident and are therefore comfortable leading large teams.
  • Energy. Enterprising people have great social skills. When communicating with others, they will exert their good mood and positive energy.

Best Careers for Enterprising Types

In general, Enterprising types are energetic, confident and enthusiastic. They are often found in sociable careers, where they can take risks and use their social skills to influence and persuade others. Such careers include sales, investment banking or law. Enterprising types also tend to have the natural ability to lead others and are often found in positions of power. These positions include as executives, directors or editors.

It is important to note that although you may relate most to the Enterprising personality type, your ‘ideal’ career may be influenced by your secondary (and then tertiary) type.

Worst Careers for Enterprising Types

Enterprising types like to work with people. They are sociable and therefore are likely to struggle in careers that require little social interaction or the chance to influence others. Careers as a scientist, truck driver, computer programmer, librarian or network engineer, for example, may frustrate the Enterprising types.

Best Enterprising Career Matches:

Career Guide Category
Accountant Finance
Actor/Actress Media & Film
Actuary Finance
Administrative Support Business
Air Traffic Controller Transportation & Logistics
Architect Construction
Art Director Marketing & Sales
Bank Teller Finance
Bookkeeper Finance
Chef Hospitality & Tourism
Claims Adjuster Finance
Clergy Human Services
Computer Networking (Network architects) Computers & IT
Construction Manager Construction
Controller Finance
Copywriter Marketing & Sales
Correctional Officer Public Services
Court Reporter Legal
Curator Arts & Humanities
Customer Service Business
Detective Public Services
Dietitian Healthcare
Director Media & Film
Economist Finance
Editor Media & Film
Event Planner Marketing & Sales
Executive Business
Fashion Designer Arts & Humanities
Filmmaker Media & Film
Financial Advisor Finance
Financial Analyst Finance
Flight Attendant Transportation & Logistics
Forensic Accountant Finance
Fundraiser Marketing & Sales
General Contractor Construction
Graphic Designer Marketing & Sales
Hairdresser Human Services
High School Teacher Education
Human Resources Business
Industrial – Organizational Psychologist Business
Industrial Engineer Engineering
Insurance Agent Finance
Insurance Underwriter Finance
Interior Designer Arts & Humanities
Investment Banker Finance
IT Manager Computers & IT
Journalist Media & Film
Landscape Architect Construction
Law Clerk Legal
Lawyer Legal
Legal Secretary Legal
Librarian Education
Loan Officer Finance
Logistics Manager Transportation & Logistics
Management Consultant Business
Marketing Manager Marketing & Sales
Medical Billing & Coding Healthcare
Model Media & Film
Mortgage Loan Officer Finance
Nanny Human Services
Nutritionist Healthcare
Operations Manager Business
Optician Healthcare
Paralegal Legal
Pastry Chef (baker) Hospitality & Tourism
Personal Driver (Uber, Lyft) Transportation & Logistics
Personal Trainer Healthcare
Police Officer Public Services
Private Investigator Public Services
Probation Officer Public Services
Producer Media & Film
Purchasing Manager Business
Real Estate Agent (Realtor) Marketing & Sales
Sales Manager Marketing & Sales
Sales Representative Marketing & Sales
School Administration Education
Security Guard Public Services
Server (Waiter/Waitress) Hospitality & Tourism
Stockbroker Finance
Travel Agent Hospitality & Tourism
Warehouse Manager Transportation & Logistics