Career Enjoyment: director
There are many types of director workings as individuals (film director) or in groups (eg a company board of directors). A director is usually the most senior person with direct responsibility and accountability for the organisation's products, financial performance, legal compliance, etc. - to the extent that if things go seriously wrong, dirrectors are the ones who go to jail. This career tends to have salaries in the range £40-240k (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: challenge, understanding the market place, working out best 'routes to market', having a business partner, fellow directors, diversity of activities (e.g.: short vs long term, dealing with small vs large numbers of people, dreaming up new projects vs completing them), freedom, having time to think, impacting the direction of the company, people involvement/care, training, autonomy.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: admin/paperwork, follow up, style of board meetings, people who play politics or lack integrity or who are unwilling to change, selling, pressure, dealing with disciplinary problems or petty people issues.
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 - director - 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.: strategic thinking; solving practical problems; theorising or analysing; solving immediate problems or crises.
Any dark segments would indicate styles where there is less demand than normal. However, there aren't any - which suggests that you have to be able to use all the styles (at different times).
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.