Here’s a staff development question for you all…
I am a fairly experienced member of staff, in the organisation for almost 2 decades and been commissioned nearly 10 years. I have been the OC of a successful unit for several years and have really, really enjoyed the role. However, I am no longer feeling challenged in my current role as OC and my day job makes the commitment to the same parade nights each week a bit exhausting at times (I would like the flexibility to be able to manage my own time). The not-feeling-challenged is the major issue though: I need the challenge to enjoy what I’m doing, and whilst we aren’t exactly here for ourselves I think I do need to be enjoying what I’m doing to give the cadets the best experience. I’m also growing increasingly frustrated as I’m constantly full of ideas about how we could improve the wing… but I’m unable to really do anything with these ideas except throw them up the tree and hope that some of them stick.
I had intended to apply for a full time wing staff role the next time it came up, but our wing commander has just announced that they have filled several of these roles without an application process as a “reshuffle” of existing wing staff. This is not the first time these wing roles have been filled without giving other staff the opportunity to apply - it’s actually becoming a regular occurrence, with different justifications each time. I have been told that there needs to be more commissioned staff in the wing and ‘reviews’ about the wing need to take place over the coming months before more wing staff can be taken on… but we’ve had 2 cases in the last 2 years of staff transferring in and being given wing roles without needing to apply. At the moment, none of our current wing staff team have been on a squadron in at least 4 years - most were last on a squadron 5-15 years ago.
So, the upshot of this is that there probably won’t be any opportunities in the near future, unless our current wing staff team retire or are abducted by aliens.
Has anyone else hit this glass ceiling? Where can I go from here? Is it totally unfeasible to be applying for the wing staff roles in neighbouring wings? I don’t want to quit the organisation, but I need to change something.