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August 19, 2007 9:37 PM Subscribe
I've the office web geek, a real one-man band, with 8 years of experience. It's time to change jobs, but the web employment world is more specialized than ever. What jobs should I be applying for?
posted by dw to work & money (13 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I am a web generalist. I don't have a CS degree, just a liberal arts BA. I'm one of those people who "fell into" the web back in the day.
I have eight years doing web stuff for pay, the last six years with a higher ed org doing... everything. I'm pretty much a one-man show, with design, development (in server-side stuff), writing, recording podcasts, dabbling in web video, writing documentation... the only things I don't do are the database and the hardware (thanks to having a DBA and a desktop support person). I run the org's website. I am the keeper of the org's web knowledge.
It's time to hit the market, though. But I can't figure out what I'm supposed to be going for jobwise. Here are my five issues:
1. I will still code for food, but I don't like to code much anymore. Also, not a CS major.
2. My primary knowledge areas are XML and CSS. I also have an affinity for accessibility, information architecture, and Semantic Web stuff. Can I trade on any of that?
3. While I design sites, I don't have a huge portfolio, my primary site hasn't been redesigned in four years (though it's all CSS/XHTML), and I am not an artist, trained or otherwise. Also, I hate Flash and have had no interest in learning it.
4. I've been writing more and more documentation lately, and everyone says I'm a good writer. I don't have the technical writer credentials, though.
5. I guess, given my range of skills, I could be a project manager or a program manager. But does being a web generalist and a one-man band all these years prevent me from doing that?
Basically, I have a lot of different, generalist skills. I'm not a lot of anything, but a little of everything. I enjoy being the "big vision" person, pulling off the daily innovations, and writing about them. I'm getting too old to be the 70-80-90 hour a week coder for the startup. At the same time, I don't have the business acumen to strike out on my own. And meanwhile, the true "web generalist" positions are vanishing.
What am I? Or, what jobs should I be applying for?