Career Enjoyment: homemaker
Homemaking is the task of managing a home, which may involve a broad range of skills such as financial management, cooking, interior design, project management, etc. Homemaking is productive and vital for both the economy and society as a whole, but is often significantly undervalued and usually unpaid. This career tends to have salaries in the range £0-0k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it is unpaid.
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: autonomy, caring for family, seeing children progress, flexibility.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: boredom, repetition of working, little to show for hard work, no pay, cleaning.
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 - homemaker - was 4.1, making it 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.
- An equal balance between Sensing and iNtuition.
- An equal balance between Thinking and 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.: strategic thinking; thinking about what motivates people; following defined procedures; designing new processes.
The job does not involve as much: challenging the status quo; 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.