Typically, I take very few risks. I was taught that you never leave a job unless you already have the next one lined up Recently I realized my career wasn’t going where I wanted. So, I left my job at the beginning of July….
…and I didn’t have a new job lined up yet.
It was a big move for me, but I felt I needed to step out of the mix to get a better perspective. I’ve never been good at sitting still. So, I’m on the hunt for my next adventure.
As conventional wisdom recommends, I reached out to other professionals, my “network.” I’ve worked with many talented people over the years, so there’s no lack of people to talk with. I even went to a “Tweetup” near Boston last week and met some great people who were very open to helping me. It amazes me how many people are willing to help. Everything goes well until we get to the question:
what do you want to do?
Truth is, I’m not sure.
I know it’s hard to find my next great role if I can’t articulate what I want. I’ve been working on the web for a long time. When I started in 1995, it was all about what we could do with the technology. I spent a few years writing applications and supporting web environments. In 2000 I moved into management. Initially responsible just for web engineering, but with increasing exposure and work on the marketing side of the house over the next 8 years.
I’ve seen the move from technology driving business to business driving technology. It’s a good change — I’ve seen too many projects cost a lot of money with little to no return for the business.
My career has also been moving from a focus on technology to business, but I’m not sure where it should go next. Should I go after another web strategy role? make the move to product management for an online product/service? is there something I haven’t thought of yet?
I haven’t found my answer yet, I’ll try to keep you updated as I sort this out.