Hi guys, this is going to be a long post so please bear with me. I'm 23 this year, and am currently working as a junior corporate communications officer in a statutory board for slightly more than a year now. My current jobscope includes managing the website revamp project, corporate video project, facilitating visits from our partners overseas and supporting the senior officers. I'm also doing a Bachelor in Communications concurrently, and will graduate in January 2011. My boss just gave me the 'what are your plans' speech, and directly asked if I intend to stay after my upcoming graduation. She had previously highlighted, and just reiterated, that she would have no qualms promoting me to a senior officer position (a little backgrounder: in the Singapore public service, you must have at least a Bachelor's qualification to hold a senior position) as long as I continue with my work ethic and quality of work. Of course, I'm very happy that she values my contribution, but I'm a little concerned. She mentioned that if I'm promoted to a senior position, my jobscope will mostly be analysing our corporate website's statistics/trends, monitoring/predicting online sentiments and giving inputs to the organisation's initiatives from a web-angle. The reason for this is that after working with me for a while now, she observed that I am very comfortable with the web and technology, and should be able to contribute significantly in this area. I am interested, really, but I'm worried that I am being typecasted at the same time. Being one of the youngest people around in the organisation, I've always been the go-to guy when the older colleagues have technical problems. Everyone knows that I am decent in Photoshop as well, so they've been coming to me for design needs and critiques. As you may know, communications work covers other things like public feedback and media handling as well. I'm not saying that I am more interested in handling feedback or tending to the media hordes, but I feel that I should have a sense of what it's like before settling on one career path. My boss said that she hopes I'd give her an answer soon, and having worked with her for a while, 'soon' usually means next week. So what's your take on this, and what would you do in my situation? A few points to highlight: - I enjoy working with my boss. She's a great mentor, and does not micro-manage us. She also believes in developing people. In short, a great boss to work for! - I'm considering doing a Masters qualification in either Sociology or Public Policy on a part-time basis after my graduation. This current organisation is great for part-time students, as it offers perks like unrecorded examination day-offs and low interest education loans. If I do well in my Bachelor's, I may even get a scholarship to further my studies. - The culture in my organisation, with the exception of my boss and a few others, tends to see junior officers as 'clerks'. In fact, most of my peers' jobscopes are administrative in nature, and include filing, photocopying and other admin tasks. I'm lucky to have little projects to call my own, but I'm also worried that even after promotion, people will still see me as 'that junior officer'. Thanks for reading through, and any advice/comments will be appreciated!