Deciding on a career or profession isn’t a linear path. Considering many of us spend 8-10 hours a day at our job, finding a career that you love and also compliments your strengths is so important. Whether you are just now entering the workforce or you are considering a professional change, looking at your Enneagram Type can help give some insight into jobs that you will both enjoy and will excel at.
Let’s take a look at all of the types to see which careers would be good fits for each Type.
Type 1 – The Idealist
Idealists are honest, responsible and idealistic. They tend to have a high attention to detail, be organized and want to improve their workplace. They enjoy working in environments where their hard work will be recognized. But because they also tend to be black and white thinkers and attuned to rules and standards, jobs where there are not a lot of rules or standards might not be a great fit for them.
Type 2 – The Giver
Givers tend to be nurturing, caring and supportive. They make for good sounding board for their coworkers and excel at creating a culture of support and relationship building. They prefer work environments where interpersonal relationships are encouraged. Givers may want to avoid jobs where they are constantly having to say no to or criticized others and their work.
Type 3 – The Performer
The Performers are confident, charming, and accomplished. They tend to be hard-working and results driven. They also excel at mentoring and encouraging others. Their ideal work environment is one where success is encouraged and rewarded. Type 3s may want to avoid taking a job where there is no clear cut growth path or path for advancement.
Type 4 – The Romantic
Romantics tend to be creative, empathetic and authentic. They take an unconventional and creative approach to problem-solving. They are unafraid to tackle tough topics. Their ideal work environment is one where they are free to be creative and unique. Type 4s may want to avoid administrative focused jobs or jobs where they are required to frequently enforce rules that they believe are arbitrary.
Type 5 – The Observer
Observers are independent, innovative and curious. They excel at researching and are objective, diligent and thoughtful in their approach to their work. Their ideal work environment is one that is quiet, with few interruptions. Type 5s should avoid jobs where they don’t have the freedom and independence to do their work and tasks in their own way.
Type 6 – The Supporter
Supporters are dependable, loyal, and caring. Type 6s are loyal to their work and excel at troubleshooting, preparing for tasks and community building. Their ideal work environment is one where they have clear expectations and their coworkers are trustworthy. Type 6s may want to avoid jobs where they are required to take a lot of risk, especially if there is a risk it might affect others.
Type 7 – The Enthusiast
Enthusiasts are adventurous, optimistic and joyful. They enjoy learning new things and often bring a positive and enthusiastic energy to their workplace. Their ideal work environment is one that is fun, exciting and flexible. Type 7s may want to avoid positions that are have a mundane and overly consistent routine or ones where there is a ton of paperwork.
Type 8 – The Protector
Protectors are empowering, decisive and strong. They are great at make quick decisions and excel in positions where they deeply care about the mission. Their ideal work environment is one that is high risk, but also high reward. Type 8s may want to avoid jobs where they will be micromanaged or heavily supervised. They also may want positions where growth is possible.
Type 9 – The Mediator
Mediators are accepting, good-natured and calm. They excel at creating safe spaces and usually get along well with others. Their ideal work environment is one that is predictable and peaceful, without much drama. Type 9s may want to avoid positions where they have to be overly aggressive, especially if it involves being over antagonistic.