[FoRK] Re: hmmm... what about graphics?

kelley at inkworkswell.com kelley
Thu Oct 6 07:01:01 PDT 2005

At 09:34 AM 10/6/2005, Andy Armstrong wrote:

>You're right though - I find potential clients are confused by my
>lack of specialisation - I suppose they make a fairly reasonable
>'jack of all trades, master of none' assessment if I reveal all the
>things I'm interested in.

I run into the same thing. When I apply for conventional positions, I 
always have to tailor my resume. I personally like being, for lack of a 
better word (given its negative connotations), a dilettante, but it surely 
doesn't fit in the corporate mold.

I can enjoy just about any type of work and, as a consequence, have done 
all kinds of things. The places where this is both honed and appreciated 
(though not monetarily) are smaller businesses. Wearing many hats in such 
an environment is normal. If you just love learning to master new things, 
it's a great place to be.

When conventional corporate types raise their eyebrows, I just explain that 
I worked hard, often 70-90 hours a week. Not surprisingly, I have the 
experience of two or more employees -- that's because I _was_ two or more 
employees! LOL

>For years I wanted a job that let me do / everything/ but of course 
>companies don't and can't work like that.  So I'm self employed - I'm a 
>generous boss and an undisciplined
>employee all rolled in to one :)

I don't understand how you can get away with the undisciplined employee 
thing! I'm envious. I warned my partner when we started this that it would 
be 90 hour weeks and then some. Anyone I've ever known who started a 
business has had to do the same -- unless they'd been making the move over 
the course of months or years, had a source of income/lots of savings, or 
had a spouse to support them.

Even so, I agree with you Corinna, it can't always be just following what 
you love. (Gee, that sounds sooooooo Joseph Campbell!) For me, there are 
all kinds of things I'd love to do. Almost anything will be interesting to 
me -- and that's why I can't identify with being bored with a job. So, 
following what you love doesn't really winnow it down.

And, as Corrina suggests, there are practical considerations -- especially 
in the tech sector, which (for a variety of reasons which have been hashed 
out here over the years) is constantly fluctuating as to what's the hottest 
programming language, the next BIG thing, the latest bleeding edge approach 
to development. Blah.


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