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ESFPs and careers

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ESFPs at work

People with ESFP preferences tend to be fun-loving and energetic, which makes them popular with their colleagues. In the right setting, they can be incredibly motivational and encouraging to others. While traditional office environments might not be the best fit, ESFPs often thrive in start-ups, creative agencies, or smaller companies with flexibility and room to grow.

ESFPs are great at bringing out the best in others. They likely enjoy careers that allow them to help others or bring joy to people’s lives. They also love to learn new skills—in fact, many ESFPs are lifelong students. They do well in careers that allow them to continue their education and expand their horizons.

However, this doesn’t mean they’ll go to or finish college before embarking on a career. They’re more likely to choose a nontraditional route or enter the workforce early.

Career trends for ESFPs

ESFPs tend to change career paths several times in their lives—which suits them just fine. They love to try new things, and while they put a lot of pressure on themselves to make others happy, they will often take their own, individual approach to their own lives.

ESFPs are often happiest in careers that allow them to help others while also learning new things. This might be caring for children or the elderly, events or activity planning, or careers in medicine.

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Leadership style of ESFPs

People with ESFP preferences aren’t often found in leadership positions, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t make good leaders. They are adept at anticipating the needs of others, and their practical approach helps them come up with simple solutions to conflict. They likely make excellent leaders when they choose to take up the role—especially when fun and motivation are at the forefront of the job.

ESFPs on a team

ESFPs are the ultimate team players. They thrive on other people’s energy and love to learn new things from, or with, interesting people. They are often seen as easygoing and fun, which can provide some relief for other, more serious people on the team.

Although they don’t tend to stick to a rigid schedule, ESFPs are great at providing smart and practical solutions to problems, and they work hard when they know it’s for the common good.

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