I’ve been pretty busy with many things happening in my life lately; dinner parties,
escapes, Zumba classes and coffee dates, interspersed with an icky flu that took the wind out of my sails for a few days. Banff
But, the biggest thing occupying my schedule as of late has been a career transition. I recently accepted a position in a department so drastically different from my current role that I sometimes wonder what the heck I was thinking when I applied.
And then I remind myself, this is exactly what I need.
One of the best pieces of advice I received was from a Project Management Professor who told me to diversity my career as much as possible. Take bites from different slices of the pie and embrace the different flavours.
I’ve been very fortunate in my current role to take on a lot of responsibilities not normally given to designers so ‘fresh’ in their careers. I had an opportunity to apply my skills, be challenged by demanding projects, learn important lessons from a variety of people, and contribute to the success of the team and the company. I’d spent a few years in the role but began to ask myself, “Are things going to be all that different three years, five years, ten years from now?” The answer…probably not.
So, starting November 1st I’ll be embarking on a new career path filled with schedules, budgets, dashboards, sticky notes, project management, and a whole schwack of things I probably can't foresee at this point. Sound like fun? I guess that’s yet to be determined but I’m up for the challenge!
Hand me a new fork!