Career Enjoyment: civil servant
A civil servant is someone who works for the government in public administration. There are a wide variety of roles, many of which might also be described using another career title (e.g. accountant, administrator, manager). However, the nature of the job is a little different because the emphasis on public service creates a different type of relationship with stakeholders (clients, bosses, etc.). This career tends to have salaries in the range £15-60k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a higher than average earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- Although people in the job identified some things that they liked about the career, their comments were quite disparate. There were no common themes, therefore.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: boring repetition, lack of clarity, lack of responsibility, lack of personal involvement or reward, too much focus on processes not on results, bullying management.
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 - civil servant - was 3.1, making it slightly less 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|
- Slightly more Extraversion than Introversion.
- More Sensing than iNtuition.
- More Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Judgment than Perception.
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; solving practical problems; following defined procedures; designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: thinking about what motivates people; working towards ideals; developing other people; 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.