Career Enjoyment: teaching assistant
Teaching Assistants (in the UK) provide support to teachers in the classroom, e.g. by working with small groups or listening to children read. They do not need the same level of qualification as teachers, but do not have as much responsibility or autonomy. This career tends to have salaries in the range £10-15k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has very low 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: working with children, seeing them develop.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: having to tell kids what to do, constant interaction, routines, lack of actual teaching, emotional stress.
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 - teaching assistant - 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 Extraversion than Introversion.
- More Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Feeling than Thinking.
- 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.: following defined procedures; maintaining good relationships; developing other people; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
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.