This week saw the launch of a career development intranet site in the Future Media part of the BBC, which predictably raised lots of questions about why some roles were on a particular grade while others weren't. Part of the ensuing discussion was regarding career progression; it's not possible to progress beyond a certain pay grade and still be a web developer. Which got me thinking about my career, where I am now and where I hope to get to. On reflection, I realised that my job title and pay grade are largely irrelevant when I'm thinking about my job satisfaction. Instead, I came to the conclusion that I can judge my position on the spectrum of career happiness with the following four questions.
- Do I get to do something that I love? (or, Do I love my job?)
- Am I paid fairly for doing what I do?
- Do I get the recognition I deserve for the job I do?
- Is there a role available to me (that fits with my career aspirations and life choices) in the organisation that I can aim for (and that allows me to say yes to these questions)
- Yes, almost
- Yes, most of the time
- No, but only because I'm not prepared to move to London or Manchester.