Tell me what my job is, in another industry
February 8, 2014 8:07 PM Subscribe
I have transitioned into a slightly unusual role at my job, and want to know whether it exists outside my current industry, and what it is called.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I work in the entertainment industry, in a creative but semi-technical role. I come from a creative background, but picked up some technical skills along the way and enjoy them very much. I am also a pretty good communicator (but I'm not a sales type personality or anything). I used to work in a mid-level creative role where my technical skills shined and I was able to help projects by being the reliable fixer, who could solve problems that less-technically inclined creatives needed help with. I have been here a long time, and over time have become more and more interested in the workflow, tools and processes we use.
I managed to carve out my own role here where my responsibility is to find ways to refine and improve the workflow that our creative department uses. I know most of our tools inside-out, and understand how to use them best, which allows me to suggest changes and improvements to the creative workflow; request new tools from the engineering department; work with engineering on the design of new systems that creatives will use; write up documentation for creatives; test new tools before they are rolled out; give presentations on new tools and systems; and so on. Knowing the tools well is my biggest asset, but that comes from having used them extensively, and having the mindset where I will creatively find a way to make them do something they weren't originally intended for, in order to solve thorny problems at the last minute before projects finish. I am experienced enough at my old role that I often have good insight, and can predict when choices we make now will negatively or positively affect us further down the line.
I love my job, but I am concerned about the future. Since I am now technically a support person rather than a content creator, that makes me less essential. Also, I am very tired of the extended hours that are often required (standard everywhere in this industry). I would like to know if an equivalent of my job exists in other industries, and what it is called. That way I can look into transitioning to another industry if it seems like a good long-term move.
(Anon because I have friends and co-workers who read MeFi and know who I am. I don't wish to share my career doubts with them, I'm being vague about industry because I would be easy to identify otherwise)