Jobs for ENFPs with TRAVEL & Always Changing Jobs as an ENFP

Jobs for ENFPs with TRAVEL & Always Changing Jobs as an ENFP

Hey Dan here and in this video I’m gonna
answer two different questions about ENFPs and building a business or career
that’s really well suited for you. So the first one was a comment on one of my
other videos about a good careers for ENFPs and it was what is a good career
within these guidelines that has to do mainly with travel I can’t seem to
figure it out and so question is basically how do you work within travel
and what I would ask you is do you want to work about travel or do you want to
travel because there are many travel agents sitting in a flight center
somewhere Travel Agency right that haven’t been across you know to another
country in a couple years they just basically are working in an office
helping other people travel now of course if you are a travel agent you get
more perks it’s going to be a little better than not being one but it doesn’t
necessarily mean you’ll have a lot of travel so that would be my first
question is if you really just want to travel but not necessarily be in the
industry then I would look at something like what I teach about freelancing
building your own business where you can work from anywhere something like that
because you don’t have to be related to travel to actually be able to travel
right it’s more about just setting up your business or your career in a way
that gives you that freedom now if you want to live abroad for maybe three
months or six months at a time there’s a lot of different things you could do I
always thought being a tour guide would be a lot of fun I’ve even thought of
doing it in different cities I’ve lived in just for kind of entertainments sake
where like you get to come up with like a one or two hour tour and tell all
these stories and meet new people every day I think that would be very cool and
it would be something in ENFP would be great at because you would be connecting
with people you’d be entertaining them you’d be telling stories using your
communication skills and of course as a tour guide you can probably have a
crappy job where you don’t earn much money but you could also be earning a
lot of money I’m sure doing it as a business charging people a good rate
because you have the best tour in the city that sort of thing as well what
else can you do within travel I think something
around like a travel assistant could be very interesting this is something that
I’ve thought about trying to find someone to hire it’s a bit of a unique
job I’m sure but you have a couple options if you’re someone like me trying
to book travel you can go to a travel agency where they are a bit bias because
they get commissions from different people and they’re more looking at where
they’re going to earn their commission to some extent and generally people who
use travel agencies most of them are doing sort of cookie cutter tours like I
want to go to Mexico for two weeks or something like that so if you’re looking
for a really like interesting creative trip they’re probably not going to be
great for you and the other option is like concierge services like my credit
card has a travel concierge where they’ll book things for you but they’re
more like a credit like a travel agency where they’re just like okay I’ll look
up a hotel and book your hotel that sort of thing I’ve never been able to find a
service that offers this kind of creative like travel planning that I
would do for myself like piecing together multiple flights finding really
creative ways to have like a two-day layover and mixing up different kinds of
housing like sometimes I’ll stay in a four or five-star hotel and sometimes
I’ll stay in an Airbnb or in a hostel depending on what I feel like for that
trip that could be a very cool service the other thing I would look at is
careers that you would generally want to do that happen to involve a lot of
travel now unfortunately with videoconferencing
and basically free long distance now there’s less and less careers where you
do just travel for your work 30 40 years ago it was very standard right if you
live in Canada and you had a client in Japan or Germany you would fly there for
meeting at least once or twice a year and you’ve got all this free travel that
happens less and less now because people our companies are looking to save money
right and just do videoconferencing and that sort of thing but it still does
happen so looking at a career like let’s say you wanted to be a trainer like a
group training for companies or organize workshops or things like that
you could do that in a way where you work for an organization that sent you
all over the world visit their different clients or that
sort of thing so there’s two ways to do this one is just do something really
travel related like I said a tour guide or like a kind of travel planner person
or the other is just find a normal job that happens to have a lot of travel
built into it of course doing your own thing and having that freedom is usually
what I would recommend is my number one option as well the second question is as
an ENFP how did you finally find something to focus on I end up doing
different jobs because I can never stick to a business idea good question so it’s
going to take you some time that’s my short answer as an ENFP you’ll likely
want to change direction sometimes and that’s okay but what I would recommend
the way to do it strategically is whatever job you get or whatever
business you start try to build skills that you can use in the next thing right
so for instance I worked as a freelance copywriter for many years and I really
enjoyed that it was closer to what I was meant to do with my life than what I did
before what one of the things I was doing before was as a mortgage planner
and that had some elements I liked I learned how to sell I learned how to do
presentations so I built skills but I realized it wasn’t for me and then as a
copywriter I got closer to what I enjoyed doing I was using my creative
abilities projects were challenging I got to work with entrepreneurs but it
wasn’t quite the right fit for me so I then continued on right but in that I
built the copywriting ability and copywriting is writing to market or to
sell which is a very valuable skill for any kind of business owner so each of
these different things I did I learned what I didn’t like I learned about
things I did enjoy and I built the skill and that’s what I would really encourage
you to do so let’s say you look over ten years I don’t know how old you are now
but look at someone who is 23 right say they’re going to have five jobs before
they’re 33 where they change every roughly
two years which is more and more common now in each of those jobs you your next
job should be closer to what you want to be doing with your life like your life’s
work and you should be developing a skill so over ten years you will have
developed five really strong maybe skills maybe ten maybe you’re learning
different things in each business right more than one skill I would probably
hope and each time you’re getting closer and closer to what you’re meant to be
doing your life’s work now you might stumble upon your life’s
work you know on your first career or your second career choice right and
doing things like personality tests and personal development working with
coaches all this stuff can help accelerate that but the big thing I
would leave you with is whatever you are doing make sure you’re developing skills
you can use elsewhere and make sure that you’re doing something like whenever you
do a job or start a business if it doesn’t work look at what you liked
about it and what you didn’t like about it and then make sure to apply that to
the next thing you’re doing so you don’t repeat your same mistakes so that you’re
getting closer and closer to your target each time now I’m sure if you’re
watching this as an ENFP you have your own comments to share your own answers
to these questions so I encourage you to share those below in the comments if you
aren’t already a subscriber do subscribe to the channel I do lots of videos on
personality type on careers on entrepreneurship and all kinds of other
good stuff and I’ll catch you in the next video thanks for watching

10 thoughts on “Jobs for ENFPs with TRAVEL & Always Changing Jobs as an ENFP

  1. Oo I completely forgot that I was also excited about being a tour guide ? I was most excited about the language side of it. Don’t worry I’ve learnt a lot from your coaching Dan and I’m going to stick to my original plan, which I’m now less terrified and more excited about, but that’s definitely one to keep in mind for a side hustle ?

  2. I’m an ENFP, my husband’s an ENFJ, both of us are a little overwhelmed with all of the interests and passions and impulses to change and do something different.

    Still the most encouraging response I’ve ever heard to “What should I do with my life?” was “Who says you only have to do one thing?”

  3. tl;dr's; Travel is a great industry for ENFPs (especially with ADHD). Lots of different positions. Training to identify some is a great idea (and qualifications in tourism are great legs up). Know your personal strengths. Keep on trying. And non-travel agency positions want to keep you; there is job security, but also flexibility and understanding of wanderlust.

    ENFP who works in travel here! It's honestly a great industry to be in. It's constantly changing, but the same processes are still there. It allows you to be creative, it allows you to explore, it quenches that search for the next best thing, by letting you go places, see things, do things, interact with people and live different lives. And get paid.

    It's an industry that encourages that inner "What if…?" It encourages creative solutions. You can think "This person is sighing over the sailing the Mediterranean cruises, but their budget won't allow for it. What If… I send them sailing in the Adriatic [still Mediterranean, just between Italy and Greece] down the beautiful coast of Croatia, which also includes their 6 year old's want to go find some castles to invade, because Croatia has fantastic castles…?" It's probably your greatest asset, as long as you have a thirst for knowledge, and access to the internet.

    It also encourages creativity. I'm still entry level, but I have been affirmed by maaaany people in the industry (from the teachers of my tourism courses, to a marketing director of a wholesale travel company that's quite internationally well known for adventure tourism) to the course I should take; which is tourism marketing and especially, writing the dang diddily brochures, as that marketing director said "I think you'd be really good at it". It's great, because it allows me to inspire people, like we ENFPs love to do (cause happier world 😀 ), but it's also Fi (Introverted feeling) related, because I can bring attention to highlight great parts of other cultures and encourage responsible tourism and being environmentally. I feel very strongly about combating xenophobia and not destroying all the cool stuff that exists like the Tasmanian hardwood forests (some of the best ancient forest left in the world) and the Great Barrier Reef. It's great too, because tourism as an industry agrees. It allows me to work in an industry that closely aligns with my beliefs, so I always give 110% (even with ADHD and Dyspraxia) because I'm engaged with the cause of the business and will fight tooth and nail for it. Extraversion helps because, even with social anxiety, I can approach people and the NFP helps me quickly isolate how I can help this person.

    It took a lot of effort to get to this point of actually being in the industry (2 years at high school doing 5ish hours per week at an outside college for a stepping stone qualification, then another year doing the next 2 stepping qualifications; but now, if I want to study marketing at a university, I get like 6 months of a head start on fresh faced students cause I can wave a piece of paper at an enrolment officer), as it's really a hard industry to get into, especially if you weren't able to do the typically young person thing of backpacking around Europe. Honestly now, life is just perfect; I'm in the right place, right career

    PS. If you're like me, and reeeeeeeally persuasive, you can earn either free or ridiculously discounted trips (I mean, might cost $5000 normally for the trip, but you get it for $200) called "famils" or familiarisation trips (cause they help you sell; if you know what you're selling, you sell it better]. You do get to travel, and your company will most likely give you (and family and friends) discounts on what they offer.

    As far as companies to work for go, it depends on your skill. You can be an agent, but there's a ton of behind the scenes travel jobs (I'm in wholesaling; aka. the people who those Flight Centre agents call to actually book anything). Tons of adminning jobs, and often times, if you fit the company, they will want to keep you, train you into a force to be reckoned with and use your fantastic skills of influence to help them out. There is a reason there is high turnover in positions in travel agencies (even full time, you only get X weeks of holidays per year, and if you're going travelling around… India for 4 months, they can't keep your position for you), but other places KEEP their staff (seriously, my main tourism teacher worked for QANTAS for 19 years before taking up teaching, my overseeing manager has been with the company I work for for 14 years and I can list a bunch of other people with similar things).

    You can travel A LOT as a Flight Attendant [if you're not doing short trips like SYD to CHC/Sydney, Aus to Christchurch, NZ or BNE to MEL/Brisbane, Aus to Melbourne, Aus, you do get a few hours layover]. And marketing will take you maaaaaany places (you might get picked to represent Australia at a world Tourism expo in Canada or the US, so you literally have to go to Canada or the US to talk about what you're repping; and being in the industry that encourages that sort of thing, a company will likely give you 2 or 3 days to look around and buy souvenirs. Not a lot of time, but you don't have to pay to get there or home or for your accommodation for most of the time; which means more money for a nice duty free bottle of something [perfume or alcohol; take your pick] for you, and that snowglobe for a relative that collects snowglobes).

    But it's all about knowing your strengths as an ENFP. Mine's persuasion ability (it's how I have a great KPI record) and vast knowledge base (products, destinations, cool facts about destinations etc) and ability to research. Not all ENFPs have my strengths, so it's important to know you, what you can do (very hard in this day and age and not getting any feedback on performance) and try and get in a company where you're all for what you're doing. People say "don't do what you love, you'll only be disappointed", but they're wrong in a way. I'd rather be on a cruise or cruisin' down Route 66, but if I'm at a job where I can help other people do that, as well as earn money to do the things I want to do (like go back to Japan for the 3rd time), I'm excited to be there [very excited, given the ADHD], and that helps my co-workers too, because my enthusiasm is infectious. My KPIs reflect this; I sell more, earn bonuses, my managers are happy and all these positive things make me happy. Basically, I'm living the song "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf because I'm in the right place, was persistent (reeeeeeeeally hard for me) and found something I loved doing at a young age.

    Okay, end of my essay. Good luck to you guys living your dreams, keep on it.

  4. If you're thinking of creating a life of travel and adventure, check out my Life Design Approach training (all free via email) here: It's packed with funny stories of my travels and advice on creating a life built around YOU.

  5. Damn I am an enfp and I am an engineering student I don’t know how I’m gonna deal with the routine……

  6. Just was downsized at my organization. Was a regional manager for a company that was acquired 1 yr ago. The new bosses didn't appreciate the ENFP in me. Now it's a fresh new look. I really appreciate the insight as to the work history being part of learning path to apply in the future. Thank you!

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