What is the ESTP Personality Type?
ESTP stands for: Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceptive, and is one of the 16 personality types as defined by the Myers-Briggs Personality System.
Naturally self confident, adaptable and charismatic, ESTPs are ambitious and resilient. They like to do things unconventionally and creatively, yet they are realists who observe the world and people around them closely and have little trouble weighing the odds while thinking on their feet. This means they have little need to stop and think before taking action, responding to everything real-time with acute presence and lucidity. This makes ESTPs great business people and excellent leaders.
ESTPs and Careers
ESTPs do not do well in bureaucratic, paper-pushing settings. They need to be free to stretch their wings and test their skills in the real world, usually with or around other people. This type values freedom and excitement, and does not take well to being stifled by too much responsibility or commitment. They must actively choose the commitments they do take on of their own free will, which they will then gladly fulfill. They are excellent with other people, particularly at deducing what skills, strengths and weaknesses others have and where to fit them in with a business team or deal, and they are good at working with the way things are instead of pushing against it. This makes them ideal in positions that provide them with lots of freedom to make their own decisions, use their own judgement and deal with high-stakes situations that require them to draw upon their resources to resolve.
Here are 11 potential career ideas for the ESTP personality type:
1. Entrepreneur – There is no other than the ESTP for entrepreneurial enterprise. They are excellent in high pressure situations, think quick on their feet, see an opportunity and seize it when it arrives, and understand people and how to organize them. The ESTP is sometimes referred to as “The Entrepreneur” as well as “The Doer.”
2. Banker – Their natural sense for money, value, and keen observations of how the world works makes ESTPs both sensible and bold when it comes to handling money and operating business, both of which are highly sought after in the banking world.
3. Agent – Good at spotting strengths and weaknesses in both people and business, ESTPs are excellent at matching people with opportunities and networks to give everyone the maximum advantage possible.
4. Social media influencer – As naturally charismatic networkers, ESTPs are easily one of the best personality types to handle the pressures that come with being a social media influencer, not to mention the freedom it allows them to truly be themselves, be flexible, express creatively and think outside the box.
5. Athlete – Adventure seekers of both energy and body, this type is naturally athletic, playful and filled with an abundance of energy.
6. Salesperson – Nobody is able to persuade people to join in on their ventures quite like an ESTP, who is all about seizing a great opportunity and working it to their advantage, as well as doing the same for others. ESTPs are sometimes misconstrued as opportunistic, but they really do only want the best for everybody, and this works in their favour when it comes to spotting win-win scenarios.
7. Paramedic – Their ability to work under pressure makes ESTPs amazing at this highly intense job, where all of their skills and focus are put to good use.
8. Coach – ESTPs can make excellent coaches, with good leadership skills including assessing people’s strengths and weaknesses, they are well equipped to handle a group and get them moving and working together as a cohesive team like no other.
9. Actors – ESTPs have the energy to make it happen and the network to back it up. They are creative, bold and vivacious characters who have what it takes to make it in the competitive world of acting – in fact, they thrive on it.
10. Investors – Their ability to deal with setbacks and make shrewd business deals and decisions makes ESTPs perhaps the best equipped to handle the setbacks of investment while still finding a thrill and making good money.
11. Comedian – Because they have a strong sense of humour and innate understanding of how other people work, ESTPs can make wonderful comedians who love to be the life of the party and centre of attention.
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