ESTJ Careers

Linking ‘type’ and ‘careers’ would be easy if it was just about listing specific jobs that perfectly fit specific personalities. However in truth it is more difficult than that as ignores other, more important issues, such as the organisation, the values and the culture, which are far better determinants of suitability than a job title. Also individual jobs vary widely from industry to industry, organisation to organisation and person to person. Therefore our focus on ‘type’ and ‘careers’ will be far more on you: your personality, your aptitudes, interests, likes, strengths and weaknesses and then matching these to the sorts of environments, cultures and norms within organisations that will allow you, given your character, to thrive grow and flourish. We spend a lot of our time at work and so it is important to get these issues right or we could spend a lot of working time unhappy, unproductive and unfulfilled.

ESTJ Strengths

The ESTJ will set great store by their strong work ethic, gathering up the people, creating the plan and moving everything towards and agreed and practical conclusion. The do not like working in chaos and in the absence of a plan, the ESTJ will take charge and create one. The ESTJ is hardworking, organised and likes things done properly, having high standards. They prefer clarity and if there is none, again they will create it. This means they will expect, and set, tangible goals that they will work consistently towards with no deviation or shortcuts and indeed the ESTJ will be difficult to knock off the ball once they are running at the goal. They are efficient, reliable and will ensure they grasp all the facts to ensure they are clear and will not get it wrong, then they are best left alone to manage the project to deliver, on time, as agreed. The ESTJ prefers using their own experience and ‘the known’ as they store it all in their pristine filing cabinets inside their heads, and will apply these to all activities to bring consistency and a drive for closure, which is inexorable. They are great managers, happy to take the lead, indeed they prefer it, ensuring everyone is clear on what is expected, and by when. The ESTJ is detailed, practical, factual, sensible and responsible and they take these responsibilities very seriously, and will expect others to do so.

ESTJ Weaknesses

Once they have created and embarked on the plan, the ESTJ may have difficulty changing tack. This is because they have gathered the facts, used common sense to decide how best to achieve and will want to drive for closure. Any deviation from ‘the plan’ can throw them as they get seriously locked into their drive for closure as so they prefer predictability to an ever-changing landscape as it can potentially blow their carefully laid out plans off course. This trait also means they tend not to be innovators, preferring the known and activities that they have had tangible experiences with so they may not come up with, or indeed even see new possibilities or opportunities. The ESTJ likes to deal in the specifics, the ‘here and now’ and so may not be innovators as their focus tends to be on ‘what is’ rather than ‘what could be.’ ESTJs prefer things to be experience tested so that is becomes part of the ‘known’ world rather than an unpredictable world, which makes them uneasy. Their desire to follow through on what has been agreed, a superb trait at times, can also make them judgemental of others who take a different or more circuitous route and their factualness means they may at times come across as a little harsh as they are direct and outspoken believing that people need to understand the blunt, brutal facts of reality.

Best ESTJ Work Environments

ESTJs are more traditional, factual and detailed types and so best suited to more established, stable and traditional roles and organisations that value hard work, attention to detail, adherence to known rules and protocols and where they can have tangible outcomes. The ESTJ will need, or will create, consistency and environments where there is constant change or a need for innovation will not play to their strengths. ESTJs are about improvement, sure, but coming up with new ideas is not their best attribute as they excel at bringing order to chaos, bringing process to creativity. Their traditional nature and desire for clarity and fact means the ESTJ will fit best where the norms are clear, the culture is performance driven and where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. They prefer working with facts, details and the known, where the product or service is tangible rather than conceptual and there are clear lines of responsibility and a planning process. They do not like to ‘wing it’ or take risks without being in possession of the facts and having thought things through.

Worst ESTJ Work Environments

The ESTJ will be less well suited to environments which are unclear, constantly changing, or which require constant ideas and innovation as ESTJs need structure and predictability (or the facility to create them) and so they prefer the known and the tangible, no surprises and no deviation. They will operate better with a tangible product or service as they like things they can ‘get their arms around.’ The ESTJ feels safer with processes and protocols as this structure provides the basis and impetus for them to gather up the people, point them in the right direction and drive forward for closure, sticking to the plan and delivering on time and as agreed. A robust, fast paced environment with little ambiguity, the chance to build teams and make them effective and efficient is necessary for the ESTJ to thrive and so an ever-changing landscape where the norms are unclear or there is ambiguity will make the ESTJ feel insecure unless they can change it. Therefore they make great managers of people and projects but will feel stifled if they can’t make a difference or if they perceive things as woolly or inconsistent.

Best ESTJ Careers

The ESTJ likes to take charge, understand what needs to be done and then devise a plan, marshal the troops and drive for unambiguous closure. They need, or will create, stability and security. Roles, which actually require complete flexibility or which require constant change, will not be for them. Production Manager, Plant Manager, Project Manager, Health and Safety, Auditing, Administration, Process Control type roles will all suit the ESTJ as they are primarily ‘doing’ roles with an emphasis on managing people and getting the best out of people.