Name this job...
July 28, 2007 5:47 PM Subscribe
I have a fairly unstructured job at a medium-sized company where what I do varies day to day. However, there's one aspect of my work which I really enjoy, and I'm wondering if there's a formal name for it and/or a way to become "qualified" should I want to do the same thing somewhere else.
posted by OrlandoFurioso to work & money (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Basically, I get to design/specify new areas of functionality for a handful of internal systems.... and then someone else builds them. I don't work on the coding part at all. I know enough to be able to look inside and see how something is working or where it's breaking, but I don't actually build anything myself. The part of the process I like best is talking to the target users, understanding their workflow and goals, figuring out how the existing technology is helping them or standing in their way, and coming up with "a better way to do it" (usually by specifying development to the technology, but in some cases by figuring out new ways to use existing tools, or by making changes to how several systems work together). I also write most of the documentation and training materials and hold training sessions for users, plus I pull my share of testing/helpdesk/etc. But the design part is really what I'm most interested in. Because the systems I work on are internal, the design goals have less to do with visual elegance and more with functionality, transparency, efficiency, and judicious automation.
Is there a "real job" which corresponds to what I do? I really love the position I'm in now, but I feel like way my company is structured is somewhat unique... if something happened and I had to move on, right now I wouldn't know where to go next. Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.