The Best Careers for HSPs
Kelly O’Laughlin is the author of “A Highly Sensitive Person’s Life” and host of a podcast by the same name. In Episode 19, she discusses the best careers for HSPs.
Finding the right career when you’re a highly sensitive person can be tricky. You may find a field that you love, but discover the daily application of your job makes you miserable, because it doesn’t honor your unique operating system. O’Laughlin helps HSPs honor their strengths, and weed out careers that don’t play to them.
In Episode 19, O’Laughlin tells us: “Highly sensitive people have a lot of great traits that are really beneficial in the workplace… HSPs are loyal and dedicated. They’re great listeners, detail-oriented, organized, fair. They’re independent and don’t need a lot of supervision. They’re able to deeply process and think about problems, and they’re sensitive to the needs and emotions of the people around them.”
On paper, these strengths mean you could technically be an HSP and be amazing at any job. But will that job fill you, or tear you down? It’s important to note that just because you CAN do a job and perform well, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
When looking for a career, here are some things O’Laughlin suggests to avoid: jobs that are “primarily sales-focused, that include a lot of confrontation, that deal with people nonstop, that are risky, are cut-throat, or competitive.” She also mentions avoiding jobs that are “strictly measured, timed, or controlled, take place in a loud, hectic environment, [or] consists of primarily collaborative group work instead of individual work.” Of course, if you are among the 30% of extroverted HSPs, some of these suggestions may not apply to you, so be sure to reflect on how each of these things make YOU feel: do they drain you or feed you? Being realistic with yourself and how you operate best will help narrow your choices to careers you’ll truly love.
Another point O’Laughlin makes is that for HSPs, money usually isn’t the priority when choosing a career. HSPs tend not to thrive in jobs where the main focus is making money without principals, and most would turn down or leave a high-paying job in lieu of one that “keeps or even increases their quality of life.”
You can check out her list of specific jobs that work well for HSPs on HighlySensitivePerson.net.
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