On my fourth anniversary of taking a full-time lecturing job, how am I doing?
That I’m still doing the same job in the same place suggests a lack of progress and ambition. But perhaps that’s because I enjoy and value my role as an educator, and don’t aspire to either of the two paths to promotion open to me (academic outputs or managerial responsibility).
Besides, last week was particularly fulfilling. In addition to the usual teaching, I saw some happy faces when distributing copies of Behind the Spin to contributors; there was a guest lecture from an alumnus and I made two outside visits. The first was to a public sector employer to visit a placement student; the second to a growing PR consultancy to discuss social media opportunities.
This week I’m welcoming Paull Young to Yorkshire on his blogging word tour – that’s sure to be fun. No time for introspection…