Linking ‘type’ and ‘careers’ would be easy if it was just about listing specific jobs that perfectly fit specific personalities. However in truth it is more difficult than that as ignores other, more important issues, such as the organisation, the values and the culture, which are far better determinants of suitability than a job title. Also individual jobs vary widely from industry to industry, organisation to organisation and person to person. Therefore our focus on ‘type’ and ‘careers’ will be far more on you: your personality, your aptitudes, interests, likes, strengths and weaknesses and then matching these to the sorts of environments, cultures and norms within organisations that will allow you, given your character, to thrive grow and flourish. We spend a lot of our time at work and so it is important to get these issues right or we could spend a lot of working time unhappy, unproductive and unfulfilled.
ENTPs are creative, fresh and interested in such a variety of things, indeed whatever takes their interest at that moment, preferably the new, the novel, the exciting. They are excellent at reading people and situations and possess a wide range of views, interests and knowledge. This may, of course, be at the expense of depth, in that the ENTP will want to quickly move on to new pursuits, often before 'completing the course.' They are unconventional, sporadic, work with amazing bursts of energy with an enthusiasm that can be almost tangible. Once they become bored, however, they will be ready to move on. Verbally quick and incisive the ENTP has a great gift for language, and is clever with words and is happy to demonstrate this. An aspect of the ENTP character which can alienate them over time, is if they continually fail to follow through on their commitments - especially to those whom they have invited close. ENTPs are excellent at considering and selling future possibilities but if they ‘fly too many kites,’ then others can begin to at best see them as dreamers and at worst mistrust them. However their energy, enthusiasm, optimism and plausibility mean that people tend to want to follow them and they will be excellent at selling the vision and will happily take risks and bounce back from setbacks ready for the next big thing.
One reason why ENTPs find it difficult to keep on track is that their boredom threshold is so low that before the project is up and running they are thinking about the next one. They also hate commitment and feeling ‘shut in,’ and so they look for easy escape routes and will take one if things become stultifying. For the ENTP the chase is the prize and they will be long gone before it gets too serious. Beside there’s another great idea looming just over there…! For that reason the ENTP can struggle with completing tasks they see as boring or unnecessary and ignore rules and regulations if they don’t fit with what they are trying to achieve. This trait also means they may ignore facts and details if they don't fit with the overall picture of where they are headed. A key strength for the ENTP is their expediency, which can see them take quantum leaps and break through red tape, but this also, means they do not fit easily into hierarchical structures and will tend to argue, push back or ignore protocols if they don’t like them. ENTPs also don’t like planning, preferring to work in sporadic bursts of energy on the issues they believe are important and jump around rather than follow a straight line. Supremely confident and optimistic, ENTPs may therefore have unrealistic expectations about what they can achieve and by when.
Best ENTP work environments
ENTPs tend to thrive in environments that value innovation and creativity and where they are completely free to solve problems their way, and at their pace (which is usually very quickly, as they become immersed in the task if it is interesting). They love people interaction and verbalising their thoughts, being at the centre of things and the opportunity for spontaneity. They prefer a fun and fast-paced environment where they can demonstrate their quick thinking and verbal skills and where they can enhance their knowledge. ENTPs love change, (especially when they are changing things), and an organisation that values, and can deal with, unique contributions and the innovation, and occasional debris that this brings will allow them to prosper. An environment free from rules and restrictions will suit the ENTP need to do things their way, where they can expend their considerable energies without worrying over whether it is correct. ENTPs need action and excitement and the opportunity to juggle many issues at once with like-minded people is where they will flourish.
Worst ENTP work environments
Quiet, stable and predictable environments that value adherence to rules and regulations would not bring out the best in the ENTP. They struggle with deadlines, not because they are lazy but because they are so animated and optimistic that they like to jump in and immerse themselves totally, only really surfacing when it becomes tedious or just needs the loose ends tying up, which is not the ENTP strength. Working with facts and figures, where the emphasis is on detailed analysis would not be in ideal environment for the ENTP who prefer a more broad-brush approach and to be able to dip in and out of things. Being micromanaged or made to toe the line would stifle the ENTP’s natural creativity and determination to change things and they do not like a hierarchy, preferring the flexibility to be able to do what they need to do, speak with whom they need to speak, without formal structures. They also value robust debate, which they see as a way of solving problems or getting things done, and so a more laid back, tranquil environment, where everyone has their head down, would not suit them.
Best ENTP careers
The ENTP needs an environment of flexibility and freedom, creativity and where there is lots going on. A quiet, people-free zone with no opportunity to shine or come up with ideas and improvements would not be one in which the ENTP would flourish. They like to be different, to persuade, cajole and seize opportunities and so they tend to make super consultants, salespeople, IT specialists (especially around system architecture and complexity), and politicians. Stifling an ENTP or forcing them into boxes will render them ineffective and they will kick against it.