As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been evaluating my current career lately. I’ve spent a couple of years in Sydney now, and have had the luck to work at some great organisations with some great people. I’ve worked with WWF Australia and Earth Hour, I’ve worked at EngageMedia, I’ve written for New Matilda.
However, at the back of my mind has been a concern over what direction to head in. I love academic research, but academia’s not for me. I love journalism, but I don’t know whether it’s a career path I want to follow, what with journalism jobs drying up and some of my favourite publications hitting the wall. Similarly, I’ve had some great fun working as a producer and social media person, but I don’t know if that’s where I want to focus. There’s not really a career path there yet. While I’m inclined to agree with Joanne Jacobs that there genuinely are social media experts, and I respect quite a few people working in the field, the industry here hasn’t really had a shakeout yet – and it’s draining having to fight off both self-proclaimed gurus and naysayers at the same time.
Thankfully, right in the middle of this, the wonderful chaps at Happener pointed out that some of the other work I’d been doing – getting sites working, redeveloping sites for different users, functionality development and testing, SEO oriented site development – was something I might consider specialising in, and would I like to have a chat to the people at Sputnik?
So, one thing lead to another, and I start at Sputnik in a couple of weeks as a business analyst, focussed on UI. Thanks again to Happener for all their help and support! And thanks to everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with so far in Sydney, it’s genuinely appreciated.