From my experience I can tell you that finding a satisfactory Highly Sensitive Person job is a challenge. Most children have it very clear what they want to be when they grow up. I did not, but spent a lot of time and effort to figure it out myself.
Trying to find my career path, I became a chronic job hopper. I cannot imagine myself doing the same job or working in the same company until I retire, so by the age of 27 I’ve changed my mind countless times and tried plenty of different jobs. I’ve been a sailing instructor, foreign languages teacher, waitress, tour manager, tour operator rep, translator, insurance agent, and MLM salesperson. I failed at all of them, and got discouraged. None of of the mentioned above was the perfect Highly Sensitive Person job I was looking for. From all those jobs I have learned that I’m a free spirit that needs to be allowed to choose the right people to work with. I somehow don’t fit the corporate culture. I have always felt different, but couldn’t find the specific reason for it, until I read a book titled The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine Aron, Ph. D, which opened my eyes.
I am not flawed or unsuitable. I am just highly sensitive.
Worst Highly Sensitive Person job…
Think of the worst Highly Sensitive Person Job… what would it be? For me, it’s a job characterized by:
- constant multitasking
- phone ringing constantly
- overcrowded workspace space with lots of noise (like an open space office)
- mechanical, repetitive job that doesn’t involve creativity
- lack of constructive feedback from your superior
- pressure to meet close deadlines
- exuberant sales targets
- unethical marketing strategy
- rigid work schedule
- mean colleagues involved in gossip and politics
Unfortunately, most corporate jobs meet these criteria. I envy the not-so-sensitive people who can work anywhere and with anybody, doing whatever it takes to make money for a living, sell freezers to Inuits or camel duvets to old ladies. I admire their attitude and strength, but if I were to do the same, it would be a sacrifice too great for me.
Well, it’s always good to have a profitable job, but unfortunately I am not driven by the vision of wealth itself. If I have to spend one third of my life working, satisfaction and fulfillment are my priorities.
Damn, it looks like I’m a typical HSP.
Highly Sensitive People At Work
What is a Highly Sensitive Person like as an employee? Highly Sensitive People learn fast, but also get bored easily, which makes us especially prone to employee burnout syndrome. Before we take any action, we need to understand thoroughly the problem and its meaning. We often feel overwhelmed or overstimulated by tight deadlines, stressful atmosphere, noise, or own discomfort caused by our physiological needs. When I’m hungry or in pain, I cannot focus on anything. I have to feel comfortable in order to be efficient.
We also suck at multitasking and small talk, and we don’t perform well while being observed. We don’t create bonds with co-workers, unless they are meaningful relationships. That’s because, instead of engaging in gossip or politics, we just do our best. If the job suits us and if our basic needs are respected, of course.
Unless someone is an HSP, it’s hard to understand that someone may not be motivated by money. I must admit I hardly understand it myself, and I thought there was something wrong with me, until I came across Elaine Aron’s book The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When World Overwhelms You. I recommend you read it if you want to know yourself better.
Under the influence of Aron’s book, I started thinking about my dream job. I suggest you do the same and ask yourself some fundamental questions to determine which way you want to go and what you’re aiming at.
What is success for a Highly Sensitive Person just like me?
What would make me feel successful?
Is my job compatible with my values?
What I like doing best? What I could be doing even for free?
All these questions made me realize how wrong I was to believe that I was suited for the modern slavery. Now, how can I find a perfect Highly Sensitive Person job that will give me enough money to live and satisfaction at the same time?
There must be some good job for Highly Sensitive People!
Benefits A Highly Sensitive Person Can Offer To Potential Employers
Some Highly Sensitive People think there are not suited for any job. That’s not true. But before we list the best careers for Highly Sensitive People, let us examine the characteristics that make HSPs very desirable employees. You have plenty of traits that are useful at the workplace and make you a great employee, if your employer knows how to handle your sensitivity and appreciates your special skills. Choosing the right place with good atmosphere is fundamental for your well-being and satisfaction.
When looking for a job, pick an organization that will appreciate your…
- Loyalty and dedication;
- Independence and little need of supervision;
- Internal motivation;
- Analytical, detail-oriented thinking;
- Creative approach;
- Communication skills;
- Self-organizational skills;
- Conscientiousness and high productivity;
- Fast learning process;
- Strong work ethic;
- Kindness and empathy.
These are your assets that all employers need. If you follow your heart and stop fighting against your sensitive nature, you are only a step away from achieving the job of your dreams.
Is There An Ideal Highly Sensitive Person Job?
There are many jobs for Highly Sensitive People that allow us to make the most of this unique trait. These are just a few of them. These HSP jobs may or may not be suitable for you, depending on your other traits and preferences, but it’s good to know there are so many professions to choose from.
- Health: Medical Records Technician, Pharmacist, Dietitian, Massage Therapist, Alternative Medicine or Holistic Medicine Practitioner, Naturopath, Ergonomic Consultant.
- Animals: Dog Sitter, Zoologist, Dog Trainer, Groomer, Veterinarian, Horse Trainer.
- Nature: Biologist, Ecologist, Farmer, Botanist.
- Technology: Freelance Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager, Programmer, Software Developer.
- Art: Artist, Actor, Musician, Music or Art Tutor, Interior designer, Fashion Designer, Narrator or Voiceover artist, Photographer, Videographer.
- Finance: Accountant, Auditor, Financial Analyst, Controller, Purchaser, Market Researcher.
- Trade: Carpenter, Electrician, Plumber, Gardener, Landscaping, Construction Worker.
- Interpersonal: Career or Life Coach, Therapist, Personal Trainer, University Teacher.
- Writing: Editor, Proofreader, Translator, Writer, Technical Writer, Travel Writer, Copywriter, Blogger, Affiliate Marketer (you can find out more about it HERE).
If you have enough of the rat race, but don’t want dramatic changes, I encourage you to start a blog about your hobby. Turning your passion into a full time job is the best choice for an HSP. Blogging can be very rewarding, both financially and in terms of job satisfaction, and you don’t have to quit anything right away. So, maybe that’s exactly what you are looking for!
In this article, you can read more about blogging as the best career for Highly Sensitive People.