I’m a sucker for these “tags.” I am not sure how exciting this is to anybody, and most of my readers, well my family and friends at least, already know my complete resume. But the mere fact that Colleen tagged me, means I cannot say no. So here are eight of the jobs I’ve either had or are currently holding down:
1. Writer and photographer, Leslie Local. The now-defunct newspaper was a 8-ish page, weekly newspaper, chock full of small-town news. I worked there throughout high school and during summers while in college.
2. Bookseller, Waldenbooks. A during college, first-married, help us get by kind-of job. Actually, I LOVED this job. Got to work around books, and people who loved books, and people who wanted to buy books. All. Day. Long. Also took advantage of the added perk of “borrowing” the books, like my own personal library. It was heavenly.
3. Marketing Specialist, D2K. My first “real” job, straight out of college. I started doing whatever the Marketing Manager needed help with; writing, planning trade shows, getting everyone coffee, etc… and then found my niche and started learning graphics programs and design, all on their time. Designed my very first website for them.
4. Art Director, LetsTalk in Miami. Eww…this was one of those jobs. Had a horrible boss, worked a ton of hours, never got the help/money/materials/resources we needed. But the title looked great on a resume and helped me to get the next job.
5. Design & Publications Manager, SF-based law firm. The law firm isn’t there anymore, but it was a pretty low-key nice job. Worked in a building right on the bay, under the Bay Bridge. It was a pretty sweet gig.
6. Creative Strategist, DigitalThink. The company has changed hands and changed names, but this is the job that I think defined me as a “professional” being. I worked with huge clients like Circuit City and Schwab and designed some pretty cool on-line training for many companies. I met most many of my SF friends and a lot of people I freelance for now at DT. It was one of those jobs that you give your “all” to, and occasionally you’ll get some recognition and satisfaction from it. I started there and was employee #12, I think, and when I left it was a publicly traded, an over 200-employee company. Pretty drastic difference, and one crazy ride. I feel very fortunate to have lived it. And happy to be done with it, as well.
7. Design Freelancer. What I’m up to “professionally” these days. I have a few long-term, regular gigs, and am constantly picking up little jobs like logos, websites and invitations. I actually really enjoy being a freelancer. It allows me to pick-and-choose what I want to do, still contribute to the family income, keep up with my skills, and manage my own time. All of which allows me to do my absolute favorite job…
8. Mommy. I really feel that doing all of #1-#7, before I had the girls, is what makes this particular “job” my favorite and makes it the job that I have been most successful at. The other jobs taught me perseverance, persistence, patience, effective communication, creativity, time management, and an appreciation for the best things in life. All of these skills get tested and used each and every day as I plunder about, trying to be Mommy to E. and A. Both of which are two very demanding clients.
But really what better job is there in the world?
So now the rules state that I must *tag* some other bloggers. Since I have a whole bunch of friends who have recently forayed into the blogging world, I will “tag” the following and help them get some traffic, too! If you are so inclined, leave a comment letting us know you are playing along, too.