Career Enjoyment: business development
Business development involves looking for ways to grow an organisation's business. It is often a high-level or senior position that has a wide, strategic remit - e.g. considering acquisition of new companies, organically growing the business, expanding the company's portfolio of products, etc. This career tends to have salaries in the range £25-80k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a high earnings potential.
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: responsibilities, meeting people, always on the move, visiting businesses, flexibility, working from home, teamwork, variety.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: cold calling, micro management, lack of teamwork, inability to influence clients, client poor use of product, pressure, repetitiveness, slow rate of change.
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 - business development - was 3.7, making it slightly more enjoyable than the average job. 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|
- An equal balance between Extraversion and Introversion.
- Slightly more Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Thinking than 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.: dealing with data or detailed information; strategic thinking; solving immediate problems or crises.
The job does not involve as much: supporting particular values; working towards ideals.
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.