Emotional intelligence isn’t just one’s ability to be empathetic, caring, and soft-hearted. It’s a real talent for reading people, for helping them better manage their personalities, and working with them to reach real goals. It’s a kind of intelligence that’s starting to get valued more and more as time goes on, and now we’re starting to recognize careers in which they might excel above all else.

Be liked, get shared

Social media plays a huge part in modern society. It’s how we disseminate news, how we build opinions, and how we market our products. It’s not a tech job, however. Some knowledge of how to format posts and use the different tools provided is needed, but at the end of the day, it’s about having the emotional intelligence to know how communication within that format can be most impactful. A great social media coordinator or manager is thinking about emotional impact first and foremost.

Don’t sell yourself short

That rare brand of intelligence is also what makes some of the best salespeople. Some salespeople use up-front, shining charisma to quickly win leads. Some of the most valuable salespeople, however, build long-term relationships getting to know clients, their needs, and learning the path of least resistance when it comes to closing a deal. Could you be that latter, valuable, rare breed?

Finding the right track

If building long-term relationships is something you’re particularly good at, then you could be the perfect fit to lead someone struggling with the challenges of their life and help them succeed. Coach training teaches you not only to help people professionally but to help their personal lives, too, involving both business consultation and a little bit of psychoanalysis. It’s one of the most rewarding careers, too, allowing to take the long approach to seeing someone meet their full potential after a lot of collaborative effort.

The oracle of entrepreneurs

Oracles have been revered since ancient times when their prophecies carried words of victory and prosperity. Nowadays, market analysts have much the same reverence from entrepreneurs. But it’s not all about reading the data and getting information on demographics. It’s about understanding the needs of the market, too. The ability to put your feet into the shoes of the consumer and to think like them is a crucial talent for businesses. If they lose touch with their client base, they lose their edge. So, market analysts absolutely must be emotionally intelligent, not just data-driven.

Get paid to care

Emotionally intelligent isn’t necessarily the same as empathetic, but if you fit both to a tee, then the most rewarding work might be the kind that has you providing that intelligence to those truly in need. Social care can be a mentally gruelling line of work, but it’s also some of the most important.

If you’ve always had a keen sense of emotional intelligence, then the paths above might be the best suited to you. Especially if you’ve always been recognised as smart, but just never given the opportunity to use the kind of smarts you possess compared to the others around you


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