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  1. There is no connection between the personality type and and fear, I am ex-special forces. At least not when it comes to rational fear! It is purely related to each individual themselves. INTJ's might be more likely to apply logic to a situation and decide if it isn't rational in their opinion, it is not worth doing. But there is an emotional value to what you are saying. If it comes down to the safety of my wife, whether I agree with her decision or not is not relevant when it comes to her safety - I would never let her put her safety in jeopardy alone, I would walk through fire if I needed to... You should bring your feelings up with him though, maybe he just doesn't understand that you feel threatened enough to need him...
  2. Thanks for the feedback guys. True, I worked in Investment Banking but not as an data analyst, although the position required a lot of data analysis and people always came to me when they needed more advanced excel skills. Never been a big fan of statistics, but I assume that not all analysis requires heavy statistics, depending on the position. I already have a degree in Economics as well, but I don't want to return to Investment Banking. Even though I can earn well there, I didn't really enjoy it. Though I still don't have a pure data analysis background, so hopefully what I have now is applicable without needing extra training...
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  4. Mieu - a previous post mentioned data entry as 60% of their job, so I was replying to that. By the way, you mentioned working in supply chains operations role - we have now coincidentally touched upon 3 of 4 career options that I am considering: supply chain manager, operations research analyst and data analyst (which is a bit of a broad term). The fourth I am considering is Strategic Planning, which I have done briefly before. Can you tell me about your experience with supply chains operations? Straylight - sounds interesting, I already have some background in corporate and investment banking so it might help as well. What are you doing now and why did you leave the job?
  5. I applaud your openness as well. I am the same age as you and also find myself a bit lost, albeit for different reasons...perhaps a mini mid-life-crisis for lack of a better term. I have 3 young kids and decided to focus on them as soon as they were born (probably due to the fact that I had a father who was hardly home because he was too busy working and I didn't want to do the same), so I left my promising investment banking career 6 years ago. Since then, I have been working part-time so I can spend time with the family while the kids are young, although naturally my career has suffered. Now that I am ready to go back to full-time work, I am uncertain regarding what I want to do next. You are putting yourself under too much pressure by saying this is your last shot, and this is unhelpful for your cause. It will also add pressure when you start your next job. My father changed careers at age 50 and is very successful and happy with his new one. We all find ourselves lost at certain points in our life... You always have options, the question is what option is best for you. I have no idea what I want to do at the moment, perhaps try my methodology. Look at your skills (natural and acquired) and find where these skills are most used and valued career-wise. Once you create a list of relevant careers, read through them further to see which intrigue you the most and create a shortlist. Then ask people (even on this site) what their job entails, sometimes you can even shadow someone. The idea is to cut it down to 1-3 career options in order of priorities. Then apply. You will know soon after you begin a job whether it suits you or not - if not, you will change it. I am not trying to over-simplify it, but there is also no need to over-complicate it. As a side note, my wife is seeing a good life coach and seems to be very happy with the results so far, they help make order of things. And don't forget to appreciate the time you have been given to spend more time with your family, they don't come often, make the most of it...
  6. Perhaps at a more senior role you have the capability of analyzing the data without doing the data entry, this happens when the data already exist in a system and you get a "data dump" to analyze, which would allow to focus purely on the analysis side, which is what I prefer. This was the case with one of my previous investment banking jobs. I must admit that I am not into statistics as much, so any analysis that would have a heavy statistics reliance would not suit me. Monte - I have a degree in mathematics from Cornell, but I don't have a strong background in writing computer code, although my Excel skills are quite strong. I will take a look at your message - thanks!
  7. MSJunker - most of the aspects of the job you mention sound interesting, except the data entry part - but if that is 60% I might find it challenging! But apparently you did to well in your job if they won't need you anymore :>) Acyckowski - very interesting, one of the career directions I was considering was in fact Operations Research Analyst. Do you mind telling me more about what you actually do and how you find it so far?
  8. I am (STILL) contemplating my next career move, and have used my strengths and interests to create a list of potential careers. Being an INTJ, I have spent much time researching this ;) I just want to make sure that my next move will be one that I enjoy and would be happy to stay long term. One of my top career choices is a data analyst. It sounds like it will include: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creating efficiency and optimization. I do get bored in the long term from repetitiveness, so I don't know if it is too repetitive or not. Are there data analysts in different fields out there who can tell me if the job suits them, as well as what they do and don't like about their job?
  9. I have a similar problem so I completely understand :>) Here is my post: http://intjforum.com/showthread.php?t=99060
  10. We don't manage funds, but we will be creating a fund by the end of the year that will be combining the benefits of short-term high ROI with long-term (semi) fixed income, so you benefit from the best of both worlds. At the moment, we offer these investment strategies separately and they have been quite successful, so it comes down to the investment strategy and type you prefer. If you want to know more, let me know.
  11. Very interesting link to Forbes. Although the suggested servicing ladies from Craigslist might provide better ROI :>)
  12. The other option, other than a private lender I suggested above, is getting a private investor. With a private lender, you will pay a high interest rate but keep the profits. With a private investor, you don't need to worry about interest rates but you will need to share you profits. You might be more likely to get an investor then a lender though.
  13. I run the sales and marketing for a real estate investment company based in Northern California - we deal with different investment types and lengths in this area. The results have been quite nice over the past few years. If you are interested, feel free to message me.
  14. With no credit you will have a problem getting a private or business loan from a bank. You're only option is approaching the private sector. Get a good business plan together and see what they have to say. If a family member has a residential property that they own they can try getting a mortgage so that loan is secured by the property. There is no such thing as 0% chance of failure, but I admire your confidence. Be confident when you present your idea, but not over-confident.
  15. Apparently 80% of INTJ's have above average IQ, and about one-third score in the top 2%, the highest of any personality type. That being said, I think that there is an overemphasis in the importance of IQ scores. I have a higher than average IQ, but I have not been tested since I was a kid and am actually not interested in being re-tested as an adult. The reason is because I feel that it gives a false feeling of elitism and I believe that there are a combination of different attributes to measure the quality of a person, some more important than IQ, so I don't need to test my IQ to make myself feel better. I have in fact met people with very high IQ's that seem to be "stupid" in many other ways. Therefore, it would not be an issue for me, since I don't know my IQ score and would never ask my partner what their IQ score is. What is came down is the combination of all the attributes that I can see and feel, whether they are a good person, if I could have regular good and meaningful conversations with them, and whether I could see myself spending the rest of my life with them happily. As a side note, my father has a very high IQ and a low EQ, my mother probably has a below average IQ and above average EQ. When they got divorced my mother managed to lead her life independently much better than my father since she knew how to cope with life better, so EQ seemed to be the more important out of the two when coping with life's challenges. ---------- Post added 04-01-2013 at 09:33 PM ---------- As a side note, you would be surprised how different kids can come out compared to the parents in many different factors (intelligence, emotionally, socially, physically, etc). You never know. For example, I have brown eyes and my wife has bright eyes, yet all 3 of our kids were born with bright eyes. And yes, they are definitely my kids :>) Having two parents with a high IQ doesn't guarantee that your child will be born with a high IQ, and if not, it will in fact put a lot of pressure on the child feeling that he/she is not as smart at the parents, which can cause a lot of damage in itself.