It’s funny to think that even now, when I’ve reached this terribly unthinkable prehistoric age, that I should be thinking about what I want to be when I grow up. And yet, those are the decisions that I’ve been trying to make.
I’m at the stage career-wise when the next stage is “Suit”. Proper middle management, not just a developer who leads web teams. The salary and all the perks would be quite nice, but I think about doing suit-things all day and I lose the will to live. I’m enjoying my rather hybrid lifestyle of leading web teams and also doing design, branding, front-end development, information architecture, etc. But I’m stagnating. Who do I really want to be when I grow up?
My last project was a large-scale social networking site. I loved it. Online community management is a lot of fun…but I simply couldn’t afford that title/salary. Although I can do some front-end development, I would never call myself a proper developer. I absolutely love branding and marketing, the art and science behind why people buy (or why they do anything that we want them to do), but I can’t see myself doing that exclusively. I’m a maker, I like to see things that I’ve built.
Tough call. It’s just interesting…and scary, to be honest…to be thinking about making a total life change at this point in my career. When I was a kid, I thought at some point that I would actually grow up and become an Adult. Who knew that “Adult” doesn’t actually exist? Did my parents feel this way? Probably. Scary, scary thought.