Are you the life of the party, the star of the show, and the centre of attention wherever you go? You sound like an extrovert, and we’ve got some jobs that should fit you to a tee.
- Make money as a tour guide
- Become a teacher
- Get rich as a salesperson
- Strike gold with human resources
- Put money in your purse as a nurse
- Be a hairdresser or cosmetologist
You might be surprised to see this one top of the list. It probably makes you think of boring museums and dusty art galleries staffed by underpaid students. Don’t worry, that just means you’ve been touring with the wrong people.
A good tour guide can make anything exciting, from random architectural trivia to obscure historical happenstance. All you need is a lot of enthusiasm, compelling storytelling and a robust sense of humour.
As a tour guide, you will be the sole focus of a group of interested strangers while you talk about something you love. You could be touring anywhere including:
- Places of historical interest, like castles, parliament buildings or battlegrounds
- Pretty much any city anywhere (here’s an excuse to travel!)
- Locations of cultural interest, like the birthplace of famous people or the setting of a well-known novel
- The aforementioned museums and art galleries
- Religious sites
- Any other tourist attraction, like Harry Potter Studios or Cadbury World
Confidence and public speaking skills are a must here, which is why a background in drama is often beneficial. Also important is a good memory and a great sense of direction!
How much money can you earn?
You can either work through a well-established group like Sandemann’s and pay a percentage of your earnings, or go freelance but possibly struggle to find customers.
Either way, tour guides everywhere seem to love their job so they must be doing something right.
As you might expect, rates vary wildly depending on your location. The time of year is also very important; not many want to be wandering round on a freezing February morning. High summer will be your most lucrative time, but you might want to be careful about relying on this as your only source of income all year round.
City tour guides typically charge around £10 per person for an hour or two. If you make that 20 people in your group and do four tours a day, that’s £800 for one day’s work. Sounds pretty good, right? Add in the simple fun of walking and talking about something you love… for many it’s the dream job they never realised they could do.
Specific attraction guides
Since these are usually located in a building, the company owning it will be the one to employ you and likely will provide year-round work. A museum will probably offer around £8 an hour, whilst higher status locations can offer much more.
Images of the teachers – and worse, of the students – in Bad Education or Dennis the Menace may come to mind, but fear not – so long as the kids like you, you’ll do fine.
So will the kids like you? Will you be on the receiving end of birthday cards or spitballs? That is the million-dollar question, and there are a few tricks that you, as an extrovert, should be able to get the knack of. Try:
- Having a laugh with your students
- Giving second chances
- Speaking loudly and confidently (children are basically wild animals – they can smell fear…)
- Doing lots of interactive tasks so they can learn in a fun way
How much money can you make?
This depends on various factors like experience and responsibility level. The average wage for a primary school teacher is around £24,000 per year; for secondary, the average is around £30,000.
Are you the type of person who could sell rain to the clouds, or a bike helmet to a teenager? Then this will be the job for you.
Salespeople spend almost all their time either meeting with clients or researching them and the market – something which can involve more meetings, and therefore more people time.
Networking is the key to being a successful salesperson, and this can happen at any time of the week. There might be evening dinners, weekend golf or working lunches, but you must seize every opportunity to get to know your potential clients better.
Only if they trust you will they return for more business at the end of your current deal; for this to happen, they need to feel that you are always happy to have a chat with them. This is where an extrovert can thrive, as the constant queue of people to meet will not exhaust you, but energise you.
Human Resources is the part of a company which organises all the other employees. HR will, among other things:
- Recruit and train new employees
- Promote diversity and equality
- Manage internships and work experience
- Keep employee records and process paperwork
- Receive complaints and find solutions
- Ensure health and safety procedures are followed
Almost every single business has a HR department, which offers a reassuring level of stability to this role.
You will spend most of every day interacting with your fellows in the department and the rest of the employees to ensure everyone is happy in their job, and effecting change if necessary. This is why you, as an extrovert, would be particularly suited to this role. Further helpful qualities would be:
- Strong communication skills
- A sense of discretion (so no gossiping!)
- Strong organisational skills.
HR is known to be one of the most favourable areas for advancement, so although the starting salary is at around £24,000 per annum, the median wage is actually over £40,000 per year. For those at the very top of the chain in big businesses – the HR Director – you can be looking at an excess of £90,000 every year.
As the NHS becomes busier and busier, nurses are in high demand. Their day is one long stretch of people-filled mania. If you want a job where you’ll be helping people all day in a fast-paced environment, this would be perfect for an extrovert like you.
Nurses will need a degree in nursing (don’t look so surprised) and must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. There are four specialisations to choose between:
- Mental health
- Learning disability
Fully-qualified nurses typically earn between £22,000 and £28,000, but when promoted to head nurse they can earn over £35,000 a year.
Learn more about becoming a nurse here.
Everyone knows what a hairdresser is… but what on earth is a cosmetologist? Far from studying the mysteries of the universe (that’s a cosmologist), cosmetologist is just a way for us to sound smart while talking about make-up artists who also do manicures and pedicures.
Going to have your nails done is for many a form of low-key therapy, as anyone who has watched Legally Blonde will know.
Small talk is queen in these professions, and being a people-person is essential to keep your clients chatting happily.
Having said that, many develop close friendships with their hairdressers and cosmetologists, and will discuss personal problems as well as where they went on holiday. You must be both a good listener and ready to offer careful advice should they be looking for it.
The most common routes to these roles are apprenticeships, where you can earn whilst you learn and get practical, on-the-job experience.
Hairdressers are often either self-employed or part-time workers, and usually need a Diploma in Hairdressing. Their average wages lie between £15,000 and £24,000 per year.
as for cosmetologists…
A license in cosmetology is often required by employers, of which there are a great many. Employment opportunities are everywhere, including:
- Spas and beauty salons
- Make-up counters in department stores
- Special events and corporate functions
- Theatres, film sets and production studios
- Commercials and advertising photo shoots
The average salary is around £20,000 per year, but as you can see from the huge variety of workplaces, this is by no means a strict guideline.
These are such fun roles, that for some the salary hardly even matters. They turned what they love into a job, and now they won’t be working a single day of their lives.
If you have any more great suggestions for jobs that an extrovert might enjoy, tell us all about it in the comment section below.