Best Jobs For Highly Sensitive Person

For the purposes of this series, I am using the term “empath” to describe people who are highly sensitive to the feelings of others, rather than in the traditional science fiction sense that refers to someone with extraordinary, telepathic potential. 

  However, sometimes, empaths can be regarded as extraordinary nevertheless.

A large part of the population has this trait, and for us, life can be a bit more difficult than for others . 

 Not only do we experience the feelings and motivations of others, we absorb them into our own beings. They can often affect our mood and overall outlook on life.

On top of this, empaths share a common core of traits that can all be double-edged swords: helpful in some situations, harmful in others

* Our ability to gain intuitive knowledge of what people are thinking and feeling can help us form deeper and more meaningful relationships, but it can also make us a target for exploitative people.

* Our innate honesty makes us trustworthy partners, but it can also turn us into a dumping ground for strangers’ issues.

* Our ability to understand when others hide things makes it easier for us to form deeper relationships, but it can also alienate those closest to us.

* Our creative nature makes us valuable colleagues and employees, but we still have to face troubles whenever we need to perform under strict rules or have too many rules to follow.

  • Learn to strike a balance in our lives
  • Understanding the double-edged sword nature of our gift is essential for empaths to strike a balance in every aspect of our lives. I hope to cover most of the important areas shortly, starting with our careers.

I chose this as my first topic because the average person works 40 hours a week, which means they spend a large percentage of their hours at work. Because empaths are easily influenced by their environment, our happiness can be greatly aided – or hindered – by where we spend most of our time.

One of the most important steps we can take to achieve balance in our lives, I believe, is to find a career that is not below our skills and that can shine with aspects of our gifts and our talents. 

The Least Suitable Jobs For Empaths

Damage Control : I think this is the broadest term to define any job that involves dealing with unhappy customers, clients, or miserable people in general. 

Both inbound and outbound call centers are an example of this type of work.

I heard about the experience of a good friend (an empath) who worked at a call center for less than a month. The resentment and humiliation of those who tried to sell to her made her feel horrified and incompetent .

 She only spent a few days there and was sent into a deep depression due to spending all day dealing with angry customers.

Money Shark : Here I am talking about more than just loan sharks. Any industry that means taking advantage of others whether through gambling , banking, loans, or even selling “snake oil” will weigh heavily on the empath’s mind. 

They are unhappy taking advantage of others, which makes it difficult to perform like their colleagues, who probably have less sympathy for the people whose money they are after.

Crisis Intervention : While empaths are great psychiatrists, counselors, doctors, and even nurses , it is important for empaths in the medical field to stay away from the crisis-intervention parts of the field.

While they feel they want to help others, especially for those who are perceived to have a dire need, it can be very difficult on the front lines. 

Addiction centers, psychiatric hospitals, and emergency rooms, especially those in big, urban neighborhoods, will likely show them too much of the dark side of the world to be able to deal with it.

The most suitable jobs and career options for  highly sensitive person

 Managerial / Leadership Roles : While we sometimes have confrontations and trouble taking charge, we are very well cut out for leadership roles. 

In fact, empathy is one of the top ten traits that make great community leaders. This is closely followed by things like honesty, interpersonal skills, and the desire to serve others.

Being in charge of other people can sometimes be difficult to master, but for the most part, it is very rewarding to help others get their best life, encouraging them to achieve new heights.

Coaching Roles: When it comes to athletes, trainers need all the positive relationship skills that they can get. 

They need to cope with losing situations, being able to look beyond these temporary negative results and encouraging their athletes to do the same, which is an incredibly complex role to play.

Empaths also make excellent life coaches. One of Khan’s life coaches described his job as “like a counselor, but for those who have an already stable life”, so a switch to life coaching can be effective for psychiatrists, counsellors, or social workers. It helps remove a significant amount of negativity.

 A switch to life coaching may be the answer that provides a rewarding career that still uses their talent.

Public Sector: Let’s face it: we can all be considered strong, but we are also all individuals with different interests and skills, and we can succeed in different kinds of careers. 

The public sector refers to government (national, state and local), as well as non-profit organizations who support all people. Communication skills are essential for public administration work , and thorough and excellent communication is something empaths succeed at. 

It is someting they demand from every relationship they maintain
One of the best ways to find a career that sits well with the ethical boundaries and does not drain the positive attitude of empaths is to look for a job they have already established in the private sector, but seek it instead in the public sector. 

For example, my best friend worked in banking for years. She was great with numbers and enjoyed accounting work, as well as document auditing. However, she hated the fact that she was often asked to accept debts that were morally dubious, and encouraged to break laws and regulations.
She recently got a state job where she audits and approves tourism grants, and is happier overall. She knows that what she is doing is not only morally sound, but it helps improve her community. The best part is that she still manages to use the skill she spent years to build.

If you are not yet in a position where you have created a strong background, or you want to switch fields altogether, there are many different options that can prepare you for a variety of careers in the public sector, the most versatile of which is a degree in human service (yes, that’s really a thing!). 

Empaths need to constantly learn new things, so a career change is the perfect time to think about going back to school and studying something new, fulfilling, and useful.

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