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. 

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Entry

Entering the screen industries.

Education history:
I left full-time education within the last two years.

Career:
I'm still working that out, but I've definitely decided the screen industries are for me.

Professional engagements:
I am working towards my first couple of professional production credits or full-time employed roles in the screen industries

Budgetary responsibility:
I am not expected to manage budgets or spend money on behalf of the production or company.

Team management:
I do not manage anyone other than myself.

 

Early

Establishing your career.

Education history:
I left full-time education more than two years ago.

Career:
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.

Professional engagements:
I have two or more professional production credits and/or have been employed in an industry-recognised role on two or more occasions.

Budgetary responsibility:
I have very minor budgeting responsibility, often restricted to petty cash or acquiring quotes for goods and services.

Team management:
I manage myself and sometimes others also at my level.

 

Experienced

Progressing your career.

Education history:
I left full-time education more than five years ago.

Career:
I've chosen my job role or department and I am regularly working in it.

Professional engagements:
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.

Budgetary responsibility:
I might expect to be in control of my budget, reporting to a more senior member of the production or company.

Team management:
I might be responsible in my department for overseeing entry-and early-stage career colleagues working with me.

 

Expert

Acknowledged as an expert.

Education history:
It has been 10 years or more since I was in full-time education.

Career:
I have chosen my specific job role or department and I am now acknowledged as being an expert in my chosen field.

Professional engagements:
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.

Budgetary responsibility:
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.

Team management:
I am responsible in my department for overseeing entry-and early-stage career colleagues working with me.