Career Enjoyment: lawyer
A lawyer or barrister uses knowledge of the law to advise or represent individuals or organisations. Most systems of law impose cetain conventions, such as a restriction on disclosing to anyone else the contents of a discussion with a client, and the need to argue a client's case irrespective of the lawyer's personal values or beliefs. This career tends to have salaries in the range £40-150k (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: dealing with clients, successful cases, working with colleagues.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: long hours, adversarial model, rules/procedures, dealing with trivial matters, not making the world a better place, no room for the individual, lack of interaction others, colleagues' lack of passion, having to deal with inept/judgmental people.
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 - lawyer - was 3, making it less 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|
- An equal balance between Extraversion and Introversion.
- More Sensing than iNtuition.
- 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; solving practical problems; theorising or analysing; following defined procedures; designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: thinking about what motivates people; working towards ideals; developing other people; 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.