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What are the best jobs for introverts?
When you’re deciding which graduate jobs you’d be best suited to, your personality is a big factor in choosing your career path.
Introverts make up an estimated 25 to 40 percent of the population - and while introverts and extroverts can thrive equally in any role, introverts may often find that they perform best in certain types of graduate jobs.
More introverted personalities will usually often feel greater job satisfaction, commitment to the role, and increased confidence if it’s a job that suits their qualities and skills, rather than requires them to do things that do not come naturally. Take a quick career test to find out what job to do here.
To help you in your graduate job search, we’ve broken down each of the different types of introversion, and laid out the best jobs for introverts.
Introversion is broadly split into 4 main types; all of which have different qualities to consider when searching for the right graduate jobs.
The different types of introverts are:
It’s important to think about which one of these best describes your personality; as this will be key to working out which graduate jobs you would be best suited to. For example, if you’re a social or an anxious introvert, you might prioritise a job where you have lots of autonomy, and won’t have to do any public speaking or networking. Or, if you’re more of a thinking introvert, you might apply for graduate jobs where creativity, freedom and self-reflection are the most important qualities.
Many introverts may recognise one, two, or even a mixture of all four of these types in their personality. For the majority of introverts, there are some key features of a graduate role that will be important.
If you’d class yourself as an introvert, or have some introverted personality traits, here’s some of the best graduate jobs for you:
As a Graphic Designer, you’ll often be working alone on projects. Even if you’re working as part of a team it will tend to be small in size; and while you’ll be expected to juggle multiple projects at once, the number of people you’ll interact with in person day-to-day will be relatively low. Average graphic design starting salary for graduates: £20,000 - £25,000
For introverts, graduate accounting jobs may be a good idea; as much of the work is done independently. Try to steer clear of working for a big corporate, though; these may often push for exceptional client-facing / interpersonal skills.
Average accounting starting salary: £25,000 - £30,000
For an introvert, research is a fantastic career choice that will allow you to utilise your skills in all the best ways. Whether it’s scientific, creative or sector-specific research, a career in research will not usually involve a lot of networking or public speaking, making it great for social introverts or anxious introverts in particular.
Average Graduate Researcher starting salary: £20,000 - £23,000
Despite the word ‘social’ in the name, graduate jobs in social media will often spend most of their time speaking to people online, rather than face-to-face. Especially for a thinking introvert, a job in social media might be a great way to channel their creativity and imagination, in a role that doesn’t require a lot of human interaction.
Average marketing starting salary: £20,000 - £23,000
If you’re looking for IT graduate jobs but don’t want to work in a communication-heavy, support role, a job as an IT Analyst or Systems Analyst might be better suited to your skills. As is the case with many analyst graduate jobs, the role will involve a lot of focused solitary work, deep diving into data and drawing reasoned analysis.
Average IT starting salary: £24,000 - £27,000
A career as a Copywriter, Copy Editor or Blogger is great for an introvert, because it will almost always mean working on projects alone. Copywriters will often be able to work remotely (or freelance), in an environment that better suits them. If you’re looking for creative careers for introverts, it can also be a great outlet for creative individuals.
Average Copywriter salary for graduates: £21,000 - £24,000
If you’re interest in film but don’t want to be directly involved in the chaos of filming a production, a job as a Film and Video Editor is a great choice. As well as being slower-paced, a graduate career as an Editor will usually allow you to work in a quieter environment, in your own time. Average creative starting salary: £23,000 - £30,000
If you have an introverted personalty, you can still do any graduate jobs you put your mind to. In fact, the transferable skills that introverts tend to possess (such as focus, loyalty, creativity, reasoning, analysis, and productivity) are in-demand from employers across the board.
However, there are a number of fantastic graduate jobs that suit introverts really well. By choosing these careers, introverterts will be able to thrive in their career rather than being forced to do things that are at odds with their personalities.