Career Enjoyment: project manager
Project managers plan. control, and monitor the progress of projects to achieve particular objectives. This role can appear in almost any organisation or discipline, as project management is a technical skill in its own right. This career tends to have salaries in the range £25-70k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a 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: research, advertisement, marketing, autonomy, making a difference, having ideas heard, seeing long term results, influencing others, people contact, change, innovation, problem solving, working with highly skilled people, helping the organisation grow, identifying goals, meeting requirements.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: too many stakeholders, follow up, managing others, lack of career development path, being desk/computer-bound, paperwork/administration, too much data analysis, lack of intellectual challenge/boring, bullying, unforseen changes, politics, thankless work.
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 - project manager - was 3.5, making it as enjoyable as the average career. 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.: solving practical problems; following defined procedures; designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises.
The job does not involve as much: developing other people; 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.