In general, mail carriers will spend a lot of time in vans driving around. Therefore, to be a successful mail carrier, you will need t0 be a responsible driver and therefore have minimal road traffic accidents. One study found that excitement seeking and aggression had an impact on the number of road traffic accidents due to the driving behaviours they cause. These results imply that to be a successful mail carrier, you should display low excitement seeking and low aggression. On a similar note, drivers without driving violations tend to express a higher need for personal control, are significantly less risk-taking in their behaviour, are more conforming and inclined to avoid novel sensations as well as socially-stimulating situations than those with driving violations. Based on the results of this study, drivers who have less accidents, therefore making them more successful mail carriers, are likely to show personal control, less risk-taking behaviour and will most likely be introverted.
Accomplishment and mastery
The sense of accomplishment and mastery can be very high in mail carrier. The skills and education required are not particularly difficult to obtain, but once qualified you get a lot of responsibility and independence so there is a sense of accomplishing something and mastering a new skill.
Meaning and contribution
As mentioned previously, mail carriers play a crucial role in society by ensuring that we all receive our important mail. Due to this, there is a high sense of meaning and contribution that comes from being a mail carrier.
Most mail carriers are employed full time. However, overtime is sometimes required, particularly during the holiday season. Because mail is delivered 6 days a week, many postal service workers must work on Saturdays. Some also work on Sundays.
Who will thrive in this career?
Being a mail carrier can sometimes be stressful, lonely and tiresome. As a result, in order to thrive and be successful, mail carriers need to work hard and think positive. You will thrive in this career if you are organized and can plan ahead, taking into account the likelihood of unforeseen circumstances such as traffic or delays. Those who like to work independently and are good at managing themselves will also thrive, and will most likely end up loving the job for its self-dependent nature.
Who will struggle in this career
It goes without saying that those who thrive best working in a team environment, or like to be constantly surrounded by other people, will struggle in this career due to the independent nature of the work. Those who are naturally spontaneous, excitement seeking and do not follow rules may also struggle in this career as these behaviours can lead to reckless driving behaviour, which will cause more accidents.