INTJ Career Overview

Potential Strengths:

  • Looking at systems, seeing flaws, and suggesting improvements to make the system better
  • Strategic thinkers with an ability to analyze trends and come up with long term plans
  • Good at analyzing problems and coming up with solutions
  • Able to work independently and come to sound decisions without much guidance
  • Strong desire for competency in their field
  • Task oriented and have an inner motivation to complete their work

Potential Weaknesses:

  • INTJs can be highly motivated to create and improve systems, but may quickly become bored once their innovations have been implemented and it’s time to maintain the system.
  • Because it is in the INTJ’s nature to constantly brainstorm about ways to improve systems, they may try to do so even when it is impractical and unwanted by their coworkers.
  • The INTJ’s demand for people being competent and making sense can cause them to come off as dismissive to those they deal with if they view them as incompetent.
  • Once an INTJ has come up with a plan, it can be difficult for them to take in new ideas from other people if they conflict with the INTJ’s vision.
  • INTJs may have trouble showing appreciation to others on their team.

10 thoughts on “INTJ Career Overview

    1. Yeah, I read that, but also dyslexic and completely missed it.

      That’s also the thing, I can’t determine if I have dyslexia or if I just don’t care for mistakes when I read so my brain just replaces it with the correct word or number and moves on.

      1. Same here, my brain tends to auto-correct whatever it read wrong and move on so i don’t waste my time trying to understand what is wrong.

  1. Bullet five under “Potential Weaknesses” -
    “trouble showing appreciation”
    Well , I guess its feeling appreciation ..
    With enough selfawareness we can show anything we want :P

  2. It says “may have” so I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I think it fits the context anyway.

    While we are correcting the hell out of this I should bring up that the second point starts with “Because” and I think it might be better put like so:
    It is in the INTJ’s nature to constantly brainstorm about ways to improve systems thus they may try to do so even when it is impractical and unwanted by their coworkers.

    :) :) :)

  3. I couldn’t help but join in the fun :D
    Well, if everybody is going to correct something… I don’t think the title fits. I thought this little overview was going to be about common occupations of INTJ’s… you know, their careers, not strengths and weaknesses that are beneficial and crippling in a job.
    Another thing. I think in bullet six, ‘have an inner motivation to complete their work’ should have a ‘may’ tacked on in there, or it should be clarified that the ‘inner motivation’ is only for something that holds our interest. Example: I couldn’t care less about my homework and usually procrastinate to the last minute (though I do make it perfect—to me—once I get around to doing it… Procrastinating homework right now? Why, yes, how did you guess? Why am I even thinking about it on a Saturday? Because if I don’t I’ll completely forget about it because my mind is devious like that, obviously) so I have no motivation other than good grades which honestly doesn’t concern much since I get good grades regardless. Teachers love me and, for some strange reason that is beyond me, always believe me when I lie straight to their faces… Whoa, I sound like an awful brat, don’t I?
    …Oh well. What I was trying to say is that being forced to do something, like homework, makes me relatively uncaring to if it is actually completed (unless I like my teacher or have to present something), but my own personal goals… It’s frustrating when homework and such gets in the way of them. I can’t wait until I can retire, which like sixty-seventy years from now. Depressing.
    *Cough* Anyway… Other than that, everything describes me pretty much perfectly, and I agree with the corrections of Jam, Mike, and Vasili.
    And, once again, my comment is so incredibly long that it’s embarrassing. Figures :P

    1. Helen, this must be an INTJ thing, I also hate it when I am forced to do homework/exams etc. I love learning for the sake of it, like when I choose to do it, but as soon as someone else starts putting exams in front of me I procrastinate… and the exams always have such stupid questions that have no real life application anyway. it’s not like they even ask you things you need to know. So stupid.

  4. “Once an INTJ has come up with a plan, it can be difficult for them to take in new ideas from other people if they conflict with the INTJ’s vision.”
    I used to be like that in the past. However, over the years of working experiences, I have learnt to absorb other people’s opinions and analyze if they can cater to the project’s objective for enhancements. If they can’t be fulfilled for the project due to several issues (resources, benefits etc.), I will have to discard them but KIV them for other projects.

    “INTJs may have trouble showing appreciation to others on their team.”
    I guess this differs to individual INTJs. I never stopped thanking others for their efforts no matter how miniscule they may be. I always felt that a good project is one that has little waste of resources and results are optimized.

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