Glass ceilings [was: US News thinks we have potential!]
28 Dec 2007 - 10:29pm
William Evans <wkevans4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> You bring up an interesting point about the glass ceiling in the > design/IxD/IA fields - you get to a point where you either start > mentoring and managing and Not designing - or stay in the same > position and be happy or ??? What? Start your own firm? Try and > compete with some of the great firms out there like Adaptive Path? > Then - you spend alot of time doing admin and marketing and not > designing... > > Any one else encounter the glass ceiling? What did you do?
I feel like I've been firmly embedded in that 'glass ceiling' for a long time.
;-) When considering management positions in any company now, I tell hiring
managers I have to straddle the fence, manage and hands on.
'Start my own firm' has always been intriguing but I'm pretty sure I don't have
the passion for serious bookkeeping, admin, sales & marketing, etc. Plus, when
I'm interviewing candidates, I encounter quite a few former firm owners who
want to transition into full time status. Running your own business is
definitely not for everyone.
I have noticed a few major software employers now 'earnestly' offer two paths,
at least for designers and programmers - management or individual contributor.
It used to be they'd offer the IC path, but it always with a faint 'failure to
thrive' label attached. Management paths still pay more, of course.
But I think there comes a point where management positions can appear more
appealing because the level of effectiveness over the product
usability/quality/etc. could be greater than what could be done in an IC
position. At least that's what I keep telling myself. ;-|