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Like many have said before, it is nice to see a site that reflects me. Since I took the MBTI while earning an IMBA & MS in Finance I knew that I was an iNTP (slight introversion with very clear T&P). Having a weak I, in my opinion, has been a help in consulting in private equity where teamwork is required. Thank god for a strong T otherwise I’d never get anything done w/ my even stronger P.
I've been in corporate finance for an aerospace company for the past five years. Prior to that I spent time in the private equity world and four years in consulting. Both private equity and consulting held great appeal as I could research, create the big picture and then work under tight time lines to finish up either a financial model or a client solution. I loved the frenetic pace that each offered along with the variety of work. In consulting I was never at a client for more than a year and in PE I worked with many different businesses and structures that no two were the same. I made the unfortunate move to corporate finance at a slow-paced and very process oriented company where the “analyst” role is really nothing more than a glorified accounting and reporting position. No chance to really expand my mind and problem solve along with the fact that I can almost set my watch by the monthly routine which drives me crazy. I am the only NP on a team of 13 and am one of two N’s both of which make dealing with leadership difficult as they just don’t think the same way as I do and can’t understand why I keep screwing up the routine details.
If I were to reevaluate finance I would have stayed with the small private equity firm where the money was longer term or have gone into sell-side analysis. I believe my next step will be back into consulting assuming it is with a firm where I don’t need to be on the road 5-6 days a week.
While I target consulting it may not pan out in the short term, but for my own sanity I need to get out of my current position. My concern at this point is that I will move into a different position only to find myself at the same point I am now where I’ve figured out the role and need to move on lest I become completely disengaged which does good for nobody.
By the way I have also taken the Strengthsfinder assessment which has also given me some useful information and has helped clarify the type of position I should look for and also has explained why I was successful in other roles. By the way my SF results are Self-Assurance, Competition, Ideation, Restorative and Futuristic.
Anyway, I hope this helps someone clarify their options. @Shrinking, my wife is in Org Dev (probably similar to Org Behavior?), has a PhD in clinical psychology and is an ESFJ. I’ll ask her about INTP suitability for this career path. I do know that she is constantly dealing w/ individuals and team which may be exhausting for an “I”. However, knowing what you know now about yourself you’ll be better able to bake in down time rather than always being “on”.
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Michele Caron, 2002-2011