Non-Profit Careers for your Personality Type

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Looking for your first job in the charity sector? It’s such a fulfilling and worthwhile sector, but it’s not always easy to know which role is right for you (especially if you’re making the shift from the private or public sector). Sure, you’ve got plenty of transferrable skills, but it’s important to know what sort of roles you’ll thrive in—not just which ones match your skillset. In other words, you need to figure out which jobs are right for your personality type.

Are you a natural leader? Do you flourish as part of a team? Or do you work better when left to your own devices? All of these things matter, because you don’t want to get stuck in a job that doesn’t suit you.

Not sure where you fit on the personality spectrum? Let’s find out.

Non-Profit Careers for your Personality Type

How to determine your personality type

Whatever stage you’re at in your career, there are a number of ways you can pinpoint your strengths and your weaknesses, helping you understand how your natural traits align with different charity job functions. Personality tests are one way to figure out your working style, and there are plenty of these for free online.

Probably the most common type of personality tests is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. This consists of 16 personality types, all of which are based on how someone processes information, interacts with others and makes decisions.

This is then broken down into four preferences:

  • Extraverted (E) or Introverted (I) in terms of your mental energy
  • Intuitive (N) or Sensing (S) regarding how you make decisions
  • Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) when coping with emotions
  • Judging (J) or Prospecting (P) in your approach to working and planning

Then it just comes down to how those different characteristics mix together. Take a look at the different personality types below to figure out which charity role or job type is right for you.



1. The Architect (INTJ), The Commander (ENTJ), The Logistician (ISTJ) and The Executive (ESTJ)

Being some of the most strategic-minded, goal-oriented, independent and decisive types, these four are not about social convention but what truly WORKS. Jacks-of-all-trades and master of simplifying the complicated, they thrive in an environment where direct communication, efficiency, open-mindedness and creative problem solving are valued.

These traits make them best suited to be project leaders and strategic coordinators, where they can oversee all aspects of a non-profit organisation, break down complex processes and execute meticulous, effective solutions.

Roles suitable for this personality type include:

Non-Profit Careers for your Personality Type

2. The Logician (INTP), The Debater (ENTP), The Virtuoso (ISTP) and The Entrepreneur (ESTP)

Charismatic, convincing and perceptive, these devil-advocates constantly questions ‘the way things are’ and encourage others to push for innovation with their charm and endless enthusiasm.

They’re curious learners, original creators and excellent brainstormers, which means they’re naturally drawn to unconventional ideas and fruitful discussions of changes. With a thirst for knowledge and for exploration of new territories, they are capable of keeping charities up-to-date or even ahead of the game with social and technological developments.

Roles suitable for this personality type include:


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3. The Advocate (INFJ), The Protagonist (ENFJ), The Mediator (INFP) and The Campaigner (ENFP)

These personality types take pride in their work and contribution in an organisation, are curious, insightful and compassionate. That’s why they’re seen as so reliable and inspiring by their teammates.

As the names suggest, they resiliently advocate for a cause they care about, work with a purpose and thrive on harmony and collective power. Emotionally intelligent and imaginative with strong moral values, these personalities are often found in positions where creativity, collaboration and altruism are the foundational principles.

Roles suitable for this personality type include:

Non-Profit Careers for your Personality Type

4. The Defender (ISFJ), The Consul (ESFJ), The Adventurer (ISFP) and The Entertainer (ESFP)

Sympathetic, supportive, conscientious and observant, this group excels at relationship building and strengthening team dynamics. They have great people skills and are generally sociable and energetic, but can also be personable when it comes to one-on-one communication.

Being loyal, hard-working team members and good listeners, these personalities are the glue to the bond among their colleagues. They are constantly searching for meaning in the relationships in their lives and for kindness in themselves and others. All in all, similar service-oriented roles that are built on dedication and human connection are best suited to these types.

Roles suitable for this personality type include:



Have a better idea of which career is right for you?

Then start applying! There are thousands of charity jobs out there, so you’re sure to find one that’s the right fit for your personality type.

Want to understand more about how your professional identity can be shaped by career choices in the non-profit sector? Take a personality test and check out our career guides for more information on different job roles.

Nikki Pham

Nikki Pham is currently studying for her MA in Creative Enterprise in Cardiff. In her spare time, she loves writing, particularly in the space of business and enterprise.

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