Should I leave my career and my passion for 10+ years—journalism—to work in web design and development?
November 19, 2006 8:21 PM Subscribe
Should I leave my career and my passion for 10+ years—journalism?
Since I was teen I’ve been passionate about journalism. I’ve studied and worked professionally in at it for more than 12 years, but I fear I’m burning out and lately have considered leaving for a career in design/creative services/Web design/multimedia/teaching/consulting.
posted by jkl345 to work & money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
- no kids
- no wife (serious girlfriend though, we could be married within two years)
- Working at a mid-size metro paper (non-publicly traded, so we don’t have as much pressure to make 20 percent profits as papers owned by Gannett, Tribune, etc..) as a mid-level Editor/manager, focused in online development and multimedia design
- I’ve been at this paper for more than 2 years, in the ‘professional’ business for about 4 now)
- Work about 60 hours a week; get paid for 45-50 hours, sometimes.
- I have a masters degree in new media (journalism focus) from one of the top 4 j-schools
I’m doing really well compared to most of my classmates, friends and peers. I’m the youngest editor at our paper. I work hard and am crazy passionate about journalism and multimedia/Web development, but in the past year, my passion has weaned.
I’ve gotten burnt out from crusty coworkers, clueless leadership that refuses to adapt to a failing business model, and generally, an industry that is straight-up combusting. I’m not sure if this is just ‘growing up’ and accepting corporate life or what.
I used to freelance a lot back before and during grad school and have really been fantasizing about leaving journalism and starting out on my own as a ‘creative services’ firm doing design, multimedia and Web development. And possibly doing some consulting and teaching on the side.
Specifically, I’m interested in making this change because of:
- I’m not learning anything or being challenged in my job anymore. (Well, what I am learning is how to deal with corporate douche bags.) Most of the work we do is so much about turning for an overnight or one week deadline, that I don’t get nearly any opportunity to work on larger Flash or Web development/programming projects. All the learning and growth I’ve done this year has been from personal projects I’ve done at home on my own time.
- Finding something more stable or at least something that I somewhat control and not some ink-stained wretch clinging to a dead, deadwood product
- Making more money annually and more money per hour (to prepare a nest-egg for my future wife and family and to allow myself more time to enjoy my future wife, family, friends and life)
- Settling down in one of my favorite cities close to home/family/friends (no more climbing the corporate journalism ladder)
- Does anyone have experiences they can share about with leaving corporate journalism for the ‘real world’?
- Or experiences/advice for changing careers to what I’m interested in being focused in?
- Is there an angle or something that I should focus on more? Web design? Multimedia? Creative services/Advertising? Consulting? Teaching? (Best ROI or return on time invested is what I’m specifically looking for)
- Leaving journalism, am I going to have the opportunities I’m looking for to go deeper and try new technologies in deeper forms than what I’m doing now? (Part of me realizes that the customer is going to dictate what I get to work on, but the other part says there’s a hell of a lot of awesome Flash and design work being done in the ‘commercial’ biz… much better stuff than what’s done at most newspapers so I’ll be challenged and able to learn doing that work.)
- Am I making a logical decision here? Will I regret leaving my passion for so long?
- Any other advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. :)
Thanks for any help! (Sorry about the length)