Career Enjoyment: cook
A cook is someone who prepares and cooks food according to particular requirements or recipes. This job differs from being a chef in not having the same creative freedom. It can apply to situations where there is a non-commercial requirement for food (e.g. cooking for a ship's crew) or to a role that supports a chef. This career tends to have salaries in the range £10-20k (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: creativity, team work.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: boring, routine, no excitement, low wage, hard work on weekends, undesirable hours.
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 - cook - was 2.8, 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 iNtuition than Sensing.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- An equal balance between Judgment and 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.: strategic thinking; thinking about what motivates people; theorising or analysing; designing new processes; challenging the status quo.
The job does not involve as much: listening to other people's concerns; supporting particular values.
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.