ENTP personality types are energetic, sociable and are always on the look out for better ideas. These characteristics often lead to them to great success, when they are in the right career!
In this article, we will explore an ESTPs characteristics in the workplace and what careers they are best suited to. Enjoy!
Overview of the ENTP (The Visionary)
Energetic and passionate, the ENTP is a charming, witty, and ever-creative idea generator. They tend to have erratic sleep-wake schedules and wide networks, with friends and business partners from all around the world. In the professional sphere, the ENTP has a knack for picking up new skills quickly and connecting the dots.
The ENTP personality is one of the “16 personality types” that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung. These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Extroverted (E), iNtuitive (N), Thinking (T) and Perceiving (P). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time with others, who focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details, who makes decisions based on logic and reason, and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible opposed to planned and organized.
The ENTP is often referred to as “the Visionary” or “the Entrepreneur” because they have a strong passion for new and innovative ideas. ENTPs are typically curious, clever, motivated, open-minded and unconventional. They are quick witted and want to influence others, meaning they can often be known to challenge others.
Many of an ENTPs strengths lay in their energy, passion and ability to pick up new skills. However, at work they bring key characteristics such as:
- Positivity. ENTPs are optimistic. They tend to seek the positive in every situation. And, they encourage others to do so!
- Idea generators. ENTPs are excellent at brainstorming new ideas and visions.
- Problem-solving. ENTPs have the ability to find alternatives, identify key problems and find people who can work towards a solution.
- Team management. ENTPS are good at organizing effective teams, keeping a light atmosphere in these teams and using an even-leveled management strategy.
Best Careers for ENTPs
ENTPs are primarily concerned with applying innovative solutions to challenging problems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of systems. Based on this, careers in engineering are likely to be well suited to ENTPs. Furthermore, ENTPs seek intellectual stimulation, continual improvement and to become an expert in the field. Careers in engineering allow for lots of progression and continued learning.
ENTPs thoroughly despise routine and boring tasks. They tend to need careers which are spontaneous and allow them to think-quickly. A career as a stockbroker is likely to appeal to an ENTP, as it is as erratic as them! Similarly, ENTPs like to play devils advocate and can often think on their feet to argue well constructed points. Due to this, they may thrive as a lawyer.
Finally, ENTPs like people and are wonderful at engineering human relationships. Consequently, they may be well suited to careers in human resources or industrial-organizational psychology, where they can work with and influence others. They will particularly like sociable careers where they can obtain a powerful status and be associated with other powerful people. As a college professor, ENTPs will have the opportunity to show off their skills and work with other intellectual and well-respected people.
Worst Careers for ENTPs
ENTPs often lack attention to detail. Consequently, they may want to avoid administrative roles, data entry roles and dentist roles. ENTPs are also likely to hate monotonous and repetitive work. Therefore, careers in accounting, finance and actuarial science may frustrate and bore ENTP.
ENTP’s are motivated by becoming an expert in a certain field. They may feel unfilled in any career that does not allow this, such as teaching law enforcement or security.
Impact of the Identity Modifier on Career & Work life
As with all of the 16 personality types, ENTP’s will sit somewhere along the identity scale, which ranges from assertive to turbulent. This scale indicates how confident a person is in their own abilities and decisions and it triggers the way in which each type reacts to things.
ENTP-A and ENTP-T will express their shared features in different ways. Let’s take a look!
Assertive ENTPs really highlight the best strengths of this type. They tend to be strong personalities, active and avidly ambitious. A real “go getter”, as some would say.
At work, ENTP-As do not shy away from risks. They want excitement and are keen to tackle new challenges. Unlike turbulent ENTPs, ENTP-As are not reactive to criticism and aren’t as easily provoked.
Turbulent ENTPs can often have a hard time managing even moderate stress and may lack ability to persist when things get tough. More so than other ENTPs, they can be reactive to criticism, and therefore may want to seek careers in an uncritical environment.