Career Enjoyment: consultant
A consultant is someone who has a particular skill and expertise, and uses that expertise to advise or help individuals or, more usually, organisations. (In the health professions, the term 'consultant' has a different meaning, e.g. referring to a particular type of doctor.) This career tends to have salaries in the range £20-120k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a very 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: content of work, variety, change, setting new things up, creating a high performing team, persuading and influencing others, creative problem solving, developing people and processes, developing individuals, involved in the cutting edge, can be an expert, varied and interesting, autonomy.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: routine, detail, illogical responses, closed mindedness, lack of imagination, reactionary attitudes, need to self oneself, working conditions, limitations in meeting client needs, not making a difference, negativity, working alone, no management responsibility, lack of security, transactional/monotonous nature of the job, workload, time pressures.
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 - consultant - was 3.8, 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|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- 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 practical problems; solving immediate problems or crises.
The job does not involve as much: developing other people.
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.