Digital cornicopia looking for next move in advancing skills/career
February 13, 2014 9:15 AM Subscribe
What am I and where should I go?
posted by stormpooper to Work & Money (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
42 year old digital strategist, project manager, copywriter and catch all professional. I have a little bit of everything type of experience and in my current job, that's fine. But I'm looking to improve my skill set and investigating certification classes, etc. I'm having a hard time with the "next thing" direction.
My experience so far has been 8 years copywriting, 20 years in communications (specifically healthcare), 13 years in digital (copywriting, project management (informally), production work (basic HTML, CSS, using CMS), strategy, analytics, most recently technology assessments for in-house usabe, and now I'm thinking of going into usability.
But here's the thing. I know our company won't do eye tracking ,etc. It's more of a "best practices" route. But as I try to look ahead at either a change in careers or if I ever got fired, where would I look for another job, doing a little bit of everything makes me wonder, where can I even find a job? Do I look under "digital strategist" and up the ante with my most "recent usability skills" via a certificate?
For a certificate, I was looking into getting CUA certified (then UX analylist) via : http://www.humanfactors.com/certification/CUA.asp or going through Bentley University's certificate program: http://www.bentley.edu/centers/user-experience-center/training/ux-certificate-program and do it online.
While a second MA would be great and dandy, I really don't want to spend 4+ years trying to obtain a degree part time. I also don't want to spend $60k in tuition (even if work kicks in for some, I would have to pay up front). I want the get down and get dirty education/experience.
So I think the challenge is what am I and where should I go to next in my digital career to ensure a solid, successful (and employable) career at 42 while in competition with those "kids" out there who know it all?