Introverted? 5 Tips for Studying and Working Life

Introverted? 5 Tips for Studying and Working Life

July 14, 2018 0 By Eduard Lerperger

Can you best replenish your energy reserves when you are on your own? Do you feel better in small circles than in large groups? Do you think carefully before you say anything? Then there’s a good chance you’re introverted.

Introverted means “inward looking” and means people who fill up with energy when they are alone with themselves and their thoughts. They are usually focused, reliable and work diligently. Deep conversations are more to them than small talk and they are good listeners. Introverts take fewer risks and are exposed to many prejudices. For example, they are considered shy, unsociable or taciturn.

In contrast, you are extroverted when you gather strength in exchange with other people. Extroverts usually approach others openly and like to be the focus of attention.

The difference becomes particularly clear when you think of the introvert as a battery that needs to recharge. You can compare an extrovert to a wind turbine. They need external drive to recharge their batteries.

Like everywhere else there is no black and white in most cases – most people carry both characteristics and behave depending on the situation sometimes introverted and sometimes extroverted.

When you’re introverted, you’re often misunderstood. Both university professors and superiors later in their careers often fail to recognize the talents of introverts. Here are a few tips that will help you achieve your goals in your studies and career.

1) Find a job that suits your need

Depending on what kind of introvert you are, there are many job options available for you. You can find these jobs on online job portals and classifieds sites such as Locanto.

Social Introvert (I‘m not shy, but I often prefer to be alone): private chef, plumber, commercial diver, mechanic, private investigator, welder, dental lab technician, animal trainer, baker

Thinking Introvert (I‘m thoughtful and introspective.): aerospace engineer, computer programmer, video game artist, fashion designer, graphic designer

Anxious Introvert (I prefer to be alone, but my anxiety often stays with me): statistician, accountant or auditor, medical lab technician, aircraft mechanic, proofreader

Inhibited Introvert (I feel like I do things more slowly than others): physicist, astronomer, geneticist, biochemist, microbiologist, marketing specialist, anthropologist, wildlife biologist, career counselor,

2) Embrace yourself as you are

Get to know yourself and find out in which situations you are introverted and in which situations you react extroverted. Accept that many traits are due to a congenital disposition that you cannot change. Accept that you are introverted and deal with the strengths and weaknesses this brings.

Also accept that you have to be quiet and alone to gather new energy. This does not mean that you should tell everyone about it or use your “introverted” quality as an excuse for everything. After all, you have to work on yourself and you should make the best of yourself!

3) Know your strengths

Become aware of your strengths as an introvert and concentrate on your successes. This makes you more self-confident and radiates competence.

Introverts are often reluctant towards others, so you should stand out through action rather than words.

But also make sure that your strengths do not become your weaknesses. For example, if you notice that your perfectionism always makes you slower than others, apply the Pareto principle. This means that you achieve 80% of the result with 20% of the total effort. To make everything perfect and reach the missing 20%, you need the most work with 80%.

4) Come prepared

Also as an introverted person you should speak in seminars. Prepare yourself well by learning about the topic and reading in. Consider questions and points of contact to other topics of the seminar and write down a few thoughts about them. You then bring these in on site, without having to think long before.

The same applies later in professional life for meetings: If you know the topic and prepare yourself for it, it is easier for you to make a contribution.

5) Use one-on-one conversations

If you don’t have the courage to speak to your fellow students at the seminar, you can also talk to your lecturers at the end of the seminar or in a consultation hour. Get their attention in a one-on-one conversation by asking questions or generating your ideas and comments.

You can also use this tactic at work when things go too fast in meetings. Contact your supervisor a few hours after a meeting to tell him you have another idea on the subject. In this way you can think about and still bring in your well thought-out suggestions.

6) Take your needs seriously

Learn what you need to replenish your energy reserves. If you notice that you need a short break alone, withdraw for a few minutes and recharge your batteries. Especially if you already know that you are facing a stressful situation, recharge your batteries beforehand. Also plan a break afterwards and take the rest you need.

You need to study in the university library or work in an open plan office? But you can’t concentrate there? Put on headphones and listen to music. If music distracts you too much, try listening to White Noise. White noise is a noise, in a certain frequency range, that superimposes noise. This allows you to fade out other sounds and concentrate better. On YouTube you will find a large selection of videos, with White Noise.

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