Career Enjoyment: assistant manager
An assistant manager is someone who carries out many of the actitivities of a manager, but without taking primary management responsibility. Whereas a manager's success often depends on the quality of judgments, stratgegies, etc., an assistant manager's success depends more on the skill in being able to implement the policies or decisions that someone else has already made. This career tends to have salaries in the range £15-35k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has an earnings potential that is near to the national average.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: working with good people, not being stuck in an office, problem solving.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: poor pay/benefits, having to deal with staff in a way that contravenes personal values, lack of intellectual challenge, not involved enough in the 'big picture', not having autonomy, lack of flexibility, time pressures, not enough fun, frequent reporting to someone else, lack of creativity, monotony, working at detailed level, lack of clear goals and inconsistent direction.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - assistant manager - was 3.5, making it as enjoyable as the average career. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- Slightly more Sensing than iNtuition.
- An equal balance between Thinking and Feeling.
- Slightly more Perception than Judgment.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: supporting particular values; working towards ideals; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: challenging the status quo; starting new initiatives.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.