AntiPattern Name: GlassWall
Like a GlassCeiling?
that prevents certain people (ie women) from rising as far in their profession as others, a GlassWall
prevents people from expanding into other fields, not because they lack the ability, but because they lack the relevant experience.
"You are as only as good as you were!"
Companies want to hire someone who is a good match for the job.
- when hiring staff, the emphasis placed on experience as opposed to ability
- possibly because of the number of applications per job, that's as far as most candidates get
- When hiring someone, an obvious starting point is their resume. This naturally focusses on what someone has done in the past.
Related AntiPatterns: AnAthena
- What that individual wants to achieve in the future is not covered, or only touched on during the interview.
- Thus, candidates are filtered out and selected purely on the basis of what they have done.
Applicable Positive Patterns:
- Candidates should get in the habit of listing aspirations in their resume
- Employers should assess how much training they would be willing to accept in a near match. This would avoid a DryWaterhole.
Also Known As:
Examples in the Literature:
Examples in Practice:
Check your resume!
I've had a TeleportingGlassWall?
situation when I've been moved between managers. The original manager - a project manager who didn't have a lot of time to put toward the project - left the whole development cycle to me, except for some of the talking to the client. The next one came onto a project and elected themselves the DBA and architect, and switched platforms, presumably based on my incompetence to make those choices. (My title is just "programmer"; how would he know?) The next one sandwiched me somewhere in between. I didn't have an official list of competencies. Each manager came to me, teleported the glass wall somewhere else, and tossed me right over it... --JesseMillikan
An aspect of your personal CareerManagement?
is to get into a job based on your skills in X and while you are in there, finagle your way into a job where you can develop skill Y. This is the only way to keep your skills current. Of course, you have
no skill in Y to start with, and you learning on the job is an expense to your employer. GlassWall
s are an attempt to contain these costs. It's understandable, but it means the good people will leave.