Career Enjoyment: bartender
A bartender works behind a bar, mixing and serving drinks, collecting money, building a rapport with clients, and adhering to any of the country's legal requirements depending (e.g. ensuring clients are of drinking age, refusing to serve people who are drunk). The quality of the job can vary considerably, depending on the type and location of the establishment. 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:
- Although people in the job identified some things that they liked about the career, their comments were quite disparate. There were no common themes, therefore.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: lack of respect from customers, poor treating by management.
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 - bartender - was 3.1, making it slightly 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|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- Slightly 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.: dealing with data or detailed information; listening to other people's concerns; maintaining good relationships.
Any dark segments would indicate styles where there is less demand than normal. However, there aren't any - which suggests that you have to be able to use all the styles (at different times).
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.