Career Enjoyment: journalist
A journalist collects, investigates, and reports on things happening, typically in a particular geographical or topica area. The nature of the role can vary dramatically - e.g. from being a reporter in a local newspaper to being an embedded journalist in a war zone, from leading straightforward interviews to conducting investigations into corruption or criminal activity. This career tends to have salaries in the range £30-40k (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:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: variety, mental stimulation, opportunity to learn about different things, organising information to make sense to others.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: being undervalued, working with people who don't have high standards.
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 - journalist - 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 iNtuition than Sensing.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- 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; thinking about what motivates people; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: maintaining good relationships; 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.