tatjna (tatjna) wrote,

Please quantify the complexity of your job. You have 5 minutes starting now.

Last week I got sent off on a training session for 'job sizing.' My job is unusual in that when you google my job title nothing comes up, it takes me 10 minutes on average to explain to people what I do and even then they don't always understand, and none of the people involved in the main business of the company really know what I'm up to most of the time. Because of this, when the company engaged a consultancy firm to 'benchmark' salaries, the firm couldn't benchmark mine (or those of a few other geeks).

So, they locked us all up in a room for a while and handed out questionnaires, aimed at getting us to write our own job descriptions. The questionnaires contained fun activities such as quantifying the complexity of my job, talking about what 'really stretches' my skills, and what the highest level of communication I use in my job is.

It was supposed to take about 40 minutes, but ended up taking most of a day, and included wanking on about such things as variable inputs, transition between levels of communication being a communication skill in itself, holistic consultation, and as many other big words as I could come up with. I also very quickly became aware that my job description isn't really an accurate description of my job.

I sent it to my manager with some trepidation, as I felt I'd oversold my job somewhat in my attempt to define its nature.

Imagine my surprise when it came back with her having not only agreed with my comments, but added some of her own, more or less increasing the scope of my job by orders of magnitude.

This next gets sent back to the consultant types, who have the fun job of trying to place what I do on some kind of value scale and come up with a salary band that's appropriate in current market context.

I have no idea how this works, but from what I'm looking at, and a bit of industry knowledge about what other people in similar type jobs get paid, there is the distinct possibility of another pay increase some time early next year. Well gosh.

The other thing I'm aware of is how much demand there is for people with my skill set. Realistically, it would take a fair bit to budge me since I have a pretty good setup here, but it's nice to know that a sideways or slightly upwards shift wouldn't be too difficult to achieve.

*crosses fingers and tries not to get too hopeful*

I have an appointment tomorrow to talk with university types about such exciting things as course planning, cross crediting, and why it isn't wise to do all the (approximately 25) 100 level papers that take my fancy.

You're supposed to go to your interests page, pick 10 interests, do a google image search and post one picture that comes up on the first page. So here goes:

What, aren't you into perving at men with their flies down, weird looking guys in armchairs and jumping round like a toddler while pretending to be a robot?
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