What’s the difference between a job and a career?

Dave Hartley, Group Technical Director
05 May 2020
5 min read

“What’s the difference between a job and a career?” In its simplest form, a job is where you exchange your time for cash, and any goals are short term. With a job, your only concerns are job security, and a regular pay packet at the end of the month. A career, however, is where you pursue a lifelong ambition by taking risks, being innovative, and showing an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. 

We want everyone who joins the company to enjoy a long, and successful career. That’s why the environment at F-Secure Consulting is one in which everybody can thrive and excel – where the pursuit of excellence is encouraged, nurtured and rewarded.

While some get their kicks from solving puzzles and challenges or finding out how something works by dismantling and digging into it, others enjoy the thrill of building something, and coming up with ways of fixing interesting problems. If you’re inquisitive, passionate, driven, smart, talented, enthusiastic, prepared to ask questions and challenge others’ points of view, F-Secure Consulting is the company for you.

The Progression Framework

For everyone to grow, and get the most out of their time here, we’ve developed a framework that provides the building blocks to successful career development, called the Progression Framework. Not only does it support an individual’s progress, it allows their achievements to be rewarded and recognized. It’s flexible, so adapts to everybody’s ambitions and goals, as interests, work expectations, and passions constantly evolve. No one is ever forced down a career path they don’t want to take – in fact changing, or forging new ones, is positively encouraged.

The Framework is made up of four pillars:

  • Teams: The management structure across our teams is flat, as we trust everyone to give their best without having been told what to do. Within each team there’s a support structure consisting of a team lead, and a co-lead, who are there to encourage and inspire team members and be points of contact for the wider company.
  • Pathways: These illustrate the routes consultants follow to help them get where they want to be in the company, and are flexible, recognizing no two career paths will be the same. Each pathway provides logical milestones for every consultant’s personal journey – guided by an assigned mentor and sensei.
  • Badges: This is how consultants’ achievements are recognized, rewarded and promoted within the company. They’re awarded when they pick up a new skill, display behaviours of merit, do something cool, or demonstrate impressive levels of awesomeness.
  • Feedback: Receiving good feedback, and positive criticism enables consultants to grow and develop. This is why it’s actively encouraged from all quarters, and fed back through the mentors and sensei.

Collectively, these four pillars support a consultant no matter what direction they take in their career ambitions, allow new career paths to be explored, focus on their capabilities across many different areas, and offer a way to recognize and reward outstanding achievements.

Following a Pathway is an ongoing process throughout a consultant’s career – their long-term development is key, which is why this Framework is in place.

To summarize…  

A career as a consultant at F-Secure, and the company itself, may not be for everyone. Sometimes it’s intense. It will push you, challenge you, and give you technical and life skills that will change you as a person. Our promise is to bring out the best in you. And if it is for you – there’s no better place to start your career.

Keep your eyes peeled for articles drilling down into each pillar of the Progression Framework over the coming weeks. Find out more about forging a career with F-Secure Consulting over on 'Our People'.

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