Sold Out to the Man - Plan me a Plan
February 22, 2006 11:42 AM Subscribe
Creative type slowly losing soul in my job - please help me decide what to do!
So, basically, I came out of university here in the UK (I did English Lit), spent about a year in miserable amounts of debt working temp jobs while looking for a graduate job (like every other fuzzy-headed arts grad in the UK, I thought working in publishing might be nice, then discovered there were 100 applicants for every job and starting wages were less than I was making serving coffee and pints). After a while I started looking at other areas, and being the reasonably geeky and computery person that I am, I looked at IT work. I got through the selection process of one of the big IT consultancies and started off as a fresh-faced 22 year old business analyst.
Cut to two years later. I'm still working for the big guy, but much of my fresh-faced enthusiasm is gone. Basically, for the last two years I've been working on writing internal communications and training materials for people undergoing large-scale technology change (stuff like - the super jazzy whizzy new computer will improve the way you work - and make your toast.) Don't get me wrong - I like my job, most of the time. The hours are long, the work is sometimes tedious to the extreme, but the people I work with are great, the work can also be very interesting at times and it's paid very well.
I've found while I've been doing this that it's writing and designing that I enjoy the most. I love working out the best way to put across a message, brainstorming and producing sparkly copy for clients. Unfortunately, that's a pretty small part of what I actually do, which largely revolves around brain-deadening project tracking work and endless review meetings. Guh.
Basically, the question I have is this - how do I, as a reasonably tech-savvy English lit grad with a couple of years worth of client facing communications consultancy work under my belt, find my way into more creative and rewarding (personally, not financially) work? I'd like to continue working in and around technology, (specifically consumer technology, web services and new media stuff) and I want to really belt out copy. What's the route into this kind of work? Is it freelancing, building up portfolios of work and finding companies that need small bits of creative work done(things like company promotional material, ad copy, internal communications)? Is it finding a PR/advertising firm specialising in working for tech companies? Is it trying my hand at tech journalism? Is it developing a more rounded set of creative skills, stuff like photoshop, Quark and so on?
As you can probably tell, I've been thinking about this one for a while, but I really have no idea where to start.
Posted anonymously as some folk I work with read my blog, which links to MeFi.