Dear Career Doctor:
I am an introverted person and was in a job in an organization that preferred extroverted personalities over relative talent/hard work. I love writing, analysis, ideation and things that are creative. I also like getting to the bottom of issues, concepts and problems. I am fascinated by inventors and scientific inventions.
I am 30 and have a business degree and marketing experience, but am not comfortable going back to a corporate career event though it pays well.
I am very confused. Could you suggest some options for me?
It’s true that marketing is a field that usually attracts and promotes extroverts. But here’s the bad news: most fields usually don’t reward introverts who believe that their hard work will be noticed without their having to “market” themselves. The good news is that you may be able to help scientists, who often have an extreme version of this problem.
Your question reminded me of a time several years ago when a major corporation sent some of their scientists to me. They were brilliant, but quite introverted, shy and inarticulate when it came to speaking to non-scientists. They were also into their arcane world of research, that they had a very difficult time thinking of practical applications for their work. My job was to help them learn how to talk to people about their work so they could market it and themselves.
With your interest in science and inventions combined with your knowledge of marketing, I think you could do this too. I suggest that you compile a list of universities, corporations and foundations that are funding/doing scientific research. Some venture capital firms look for scientific and technological breakthroughs to fund. Perhaps you could find a job as a researcher/analyst. I don’t know the job title you would go for, but I don know that these are places that might be able to use your skills.