The ISFJ Experience: Being an Introvert in a Field Full of Extroverts
Ever since I was introduced to the concept of extroverts and introverts, I have always identified with the latter. As I went through my time in school, I typically avoided the center of attention and chose to work alone while others formed groups. While I have become more outspoken as I have matured, I still need time alone to recharge after lengthy periods of time surrounded by others.
Because of my introverted nature, many people questioned me when I shared that I was a communication major with a concentration in public relations. A communication major should be talkative and outgoing, right? I shrugged these questions off, as I was extremely confident in the path I had chosen, but I did begin to wonder if I was going to have to take on the persona of an extrovert in order to be successful in the field. However, I quickly realized that this did not have to be true.
Joining Bluestone as an account intern this fall semester has shown me that there is a role for everyone. There is plenty of room for people of all personalities and backgrounds within a PR firm; all aspects of diversity are needed. When people come together to collaborate and work towards a common goal, it is most helpful to have a variety of strengths.
My skills are different from the skills of some of my peers, and that is a good thing. We can all embrace who we are without having to put on a facade. I have come to appreciate my active listening skills and the time I take to think before speaking, whereas before, I resented my preference for listening over speaking.
Introverted or extroverted, at Bluestone, we all bring something to the table and we respect each other as PR professionals and as people - there is an important role for everyone.