Starting Over, Part II

2013.03.18 12:12

In following last week’s post, I am starting over yet again, but this time not entirely related to computers and software. I’m beginning a new job tomorrow, reuniting with a former boss whom I adore, and joining a growing organisation at a time when they need someone to sort out their graphics and branding. It’s exciting, and I’m looking forward to the fresh start.

This announcement might seem rather mundane, but it’s been a tough year regarding jobs and working. It’s been about twelve months since I proudly announced that I would be leaving me role as self-employed, one-man agency of Starship Design, and joining MakerBot. That didn’t last, as our department was laid off before too long. After this, I reconnected with a creative director I worked with in 2007, but he had us working until 5 am, and that role (which was freelance, but essentially open-ended) quickly sputtered out. Come October, I found myself working at a small agency. Unfortunately, this too proved to be a mis-match, and I had no choice but to look elsewhere. I am grossly understating the subtleties of each of these jobs, but even a quick read will allow you infer, correctly, that it’s been exhausting. I’ve earned several black eyes in quick succession, and witnessed some appalling behaviour on the part of bosses, and staggeringly outdated workplace philosophies in a variety of organisations.

But as the post title indicates, I’m starting over. This time, the biggest variable is known. Reconnecting with a former boss (who, by the way, is awesome) means we can skip the awkward-yet-important first phase of getting to know one another’s work style. I’m walking in to a situation where I am trusted, where my work has a track record, and where I am joining a team, not merely another company. Clearly, I don’t have the ability to see the future, and with any job you take it one day at a time. But I’m hoping that the frustration of the past year is a thing of a past, and will not soon be repeated. Onwards and upwards, dear friends.

(cue Elton John’s I’m Still Standing)

The only other aspect to this is that with this new role, I’m hoping to achieve a much better work-life balance (if I may use that terrible term). I’m going to do my best to resume blogging regularly, as well as working on side projects and other design-related developments that, frankly, I didn’t have the energy for being in situations which were absolutely draining. I’m hoping to actually get busy on the redesign of this site, which I started but never finished in the early days of 2012! I’ve been planning it, but of course the thing is to actually do it. Watch this space!

(and don’t worry, I’m going to be setting up a new Mac installation when I arrive at my new job. Luckily, it’s fresh on my mind.)


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