Career Enjoyment: counselor
A counselor provides a particular type of support (usually psychological) to individuals who are experiencing difficulties such as stress, depression, or other similar forms of mental health difficulties. This career tends to have salaries in the range £10-15k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has very low 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: independence, dealing with people, finding solutions or new ways of thinking, being trusted, creativity, closeness with clients, delving in to the minds of others and helping them, healing work with individuals and groups, support of and interaction with colleagues, education and growth opportunities.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: it is heavy and constant work with people, lack of variety, sitting down all day, bureaucracatic rules. .
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 - counselor - was 4.6, making it much 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.
- More Feeling than Thinking.
- 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.: listening to other people's concerns; supporting particular values; working towards ideals; maintaining good relationships; developing other people.
The job does not involve as much: designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises; challenging the status quo.
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.