Understanding your career stage
ScreenSkills' has developed a guide to understanding the stage you're at in your career using the 'four E's' - entry, early, experienced and expert. Figuring out your career stage will help you know which services and resources from ScreenSkills are best suited for you, and can help you plan and make decisions about your next career steps.
Entering the screen industries.
I left full-time education within the last two years.
I'm still working that out, but I've definitely decided the screen industries are for me.
I am working towards my first couple of professional production credits or full-time employed roles in the screen industries
I am not expected to manage budgets or spend money on behalf of the production or company.
I do not manage anyone other than myself.
Establishing your career.
I left full-time education more than two years ago.
I have a sense of which job role or department I want to work in but as yet I might not be working regularly within it.
I have two or more professional production credits and/or have been employed in an industry-recognised role on two or more occasions.
I have very minor budgeting responsibility, often restricted to petty cash or acquiring quotes for goods and services.
I manage myself and sometimes others also at my level.
Progressing your career.
I left full-time education more than five years ago.
I've chosen my job role or department and I am regularly working in it.
I have a number of professional production credits in my current role or I am transferring in with advanced skills from another sector. I have been working in my chosen industry-recognised role for a number of years full-time.
I might expect to be in control of my budget, reporting to a more senior member of the production or company.
I might be responsible in my department for overseeing entry-and early-stage career colleagues working with me.
Acknowledged as an expert.
It has been 10 years or more since I was in full-time education.
I have chosen my specific job role or department and I am now acknowledged as being an expert in my chosen field.
I have built up a portfolio of professional credits. I am highly regarded in my field and consistently work in advanced positions within my specialisation.
I might be in control of my departmental budget, which could have many categories. I might be aware of other departments/overall budgeting strategy and report directly into the most senior member of finance.
I am responsible in my department for overseeing entry-and early-stage career colleagues working with me.