Career Enjoyment: lecturer
A lecturer (or, in the US, an assistant or associate professor) is someone who provides academic teaching for adults, usually in a university or similar. Lecturers also conduct research, and often need to produce a number of journal or book publications as their contribution to the institution's research programme. This career tends to have salaries in the range £20-60k (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: interaction with students, seeing their confidence grow, learning environment, helping people, discussion of ideas, creating learning materials, autonomy, intellectual challenge, quality of arguments.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: administration, bureaucracy, lack of flexibility, politics, lack of creativity, pressure to publish, rigidity of academic world.
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 - lecturer - was 4.2, making it 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 Introversion than Extraversion.
- Slightly more Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- 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.: solving practical problems; theorising or analysing; following defined procedures.
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.