As the likelihood of a freelance future increases day by day I find myself in the rather difficult position of trying to articulate what it is I actually do. This is proving considerably more difficult than I had hoped and is giving me some significant cause for concern. After all if I can’t get it straight in my own head it is going to be a tad difficult to explain it to anyone else!
Part of my problem is that I associate in and out of work with people with actual, genuine, marketable skills and talent. They build and design websites – to some acclaim as well. Whereas I don’t. I work in the same space and can hold my own in most of the conversations, am aware of the same trends, standards and issues but I don’t make anything.
Over the years I seem to have had many jobs that started with P and ended with Manager – Project, Product, Production, Programme. I was pretty successful (I think) at the first three but less so at the fourth so I won’t be revisiting that option any time soon.
In many ways it was my Production Manager role at JISC that led to my mixed up career these days. Overseeing a mix of digital, print, events, strategy, project management, line management, internal communications, research and a hundred other things it left me with an eclectic, if not very focused, set of skills and a slight case of professional ADD.
These days I find myself running events, hacking about with WordPress, wire-framing new web apps, writing all manner of things including this blog, web copy, business plans and being a geek without portfolio in all sorts of meetings where I get to have my say without having to be about for the consequences 🙂
I’ve got no idea what this amounts to really. I miss the day-to-day involvement of working with the web – and working with web teams. I reckon I could be quite content if I returned to being a Web/Digital/eComms Manager of some sort again – though my experience only really suits jobs in the public sector and these days those posts are rarer than hens teeth.
I hear about this awful phrase ‘portfolio careers’ more and more these days and maybe I do have enough bits to make up a whole but my god it looks like hard work juggling all those things.
In many ways it would be an exciting change of pace – there is alot of amazing stuff being done in Bristol and further afield that I would like to be more involved with but I need to find a way to balance that with something that pays the bills!