I don’t know how old you are? Not one of those wise, well-aged INFJs out here, but here is what I think:
Do what you want; do what you like.
At the end of the day, all of us have received very different influences. Any INFJ will differ from the next INFJ. If you think you’ve received your calling, trust your guts. Believe it or not, Fe aux and Ti tert will help with a lot of careers. Know your strengths and weaknesses, and trust your guts to find a strategy that works for you. And make sure you are working out of joy, and check every now and then to assess whether your motivations have altered into something else (e.g. fear, anxiety, worrying about status, thinking you are shit and needing to prove yourself…)
I think INFJs will definitely have great success with counselling or therapy or teaching, sorry to say. But I understand your viewpoint here that we have a bit of an ego and that perhaps a humble job such as counselling just won’t cut the chase for our hungry ambitions…But some people find great satisfaction in that, and many have discovered a calling for this long ago. You don’t seem so into it though, so maybe something else?
I’m going to say that INFJs could make great academic careers. How about an academic position in a humanities department, literature or art studies? Psychology? Won’t give you a great salary though but it’ll give you somewhat of a salary if you indeed make it to the end (being a tenured professor). I think Ni is much more well-received in such fields than let’s say hard sciences, and Ti and Fe will bring you a long way, methinks. INFJs can produce original insights, have their voices and opinions out, and enjoy understanding the things that involve people. INFJs of course, naturally like this. Hard sciences will be more tricky, but I think it can be done in certain cases. Believe it or not, I’ve seen a lot of successful INFJ science academics, at least in biology as this is arguably less “hard” than physics or chem, and requires less genius Ti and Ne, as the stuff you do is built on the principles or techniques generated by very smart physicists and chemists. Fe is also advantageous in life sciences-related fields. Definitely isn’t for every INFJ.
I also second RumDawg that INFJs would make great consultants. Have been toying with taking on that career path, too. Need lots of beautiful, hoodwinking Fe, Ni foresight, and some problem solving skills. I can’t say I know exactly everything that entails this sort of job. I’ve heard it could be quite stressful with lots of travels and such. But I’ve heard a few people with very short consultancy careers as that was enough to land them the big bucks, enough to quit and do whatever humble, lowpaying dream job they ever wanted to do… Think about dat.
Journalism, yeah I think so too. But depends what kind. I can imagine INFJs writing really cool critiques of literature or art. But again, barely a salaried job?
I think the downside of careers such as consultancy or journalism, is that said INFJ may be deprived of doing something that really comes from their “souls.” INFJs may have a deepdown itch to make a name-break out of something driven by their passions, and consultancy or journalism may not give them that “chase” in the end. But perhaps it is that sort of desire in the first place that fucks them up from the beginning. There is also the pressure of time in journalism, and I think INFJs prefer something flowing, and act more instinctively/intuitively than they think.
Other things I could think of. PR seems to make sense, too.
Sorry I couldn’t really help. It really depends on you. Do you want to make a name? Do you want to contribute to new ideas, knowledge, or thought? Do you just want a job that you can enjoy but is suitable for your set of strengths/weaknesses? I think every INFJ may differ in answer, but definitely don’t trust in those shitty books. They don’t know what they’re talking about, as they don’t understand the MBTI types in the first place.
You know yourself better; you know it.
INFJs should do what they like and remember this motivation again and again because time, pressure, dealing with realities, red-tape, schmoozing, blah, blah, and all other things that will be demanded in almost EVERY job will stress INFJs out. So they need a reason and motivation in the first place.