In the last nine years since I joined the adult workforce, I’ve had Homer Simpson-esque list of jobs. Chambermaid (1996), computer salesgirl (1997), HTML freelance (1997), HTML author (1998), Internet Marketing Manager (1999), webhosting tech support (2000), temp admin assistant (2000), vo-tech college instructor (2001), closed captioner / transcriptionist (2001), tourguide / deckhand / bartender (2002). And finally, online media planner, 2003. And the same job, again, 2004. This is the first time I’ve ever worked in a straight line, using actual past jobs to move forward on a path to some semblance of a career.
And, based on that idea, I’ve made up my mind to accept the offer from iMedia tomorrow. Which means that, as soon as I do, I’m going to hand in a resignation letter to the key people at Tribal. I’d like to thank the many people have helped me come to this decision – many of you have listened to me, or offered advice, or helped me analyze the situation, and I appreciate it to no end.
I keep replaying a part of my job interview in my mind, when the woman in charge of the L.A. office told me what she was going to do if I took the job. “Your career is here,” she said, holding her hand just above the table, “but you have good experience and a great personality. Tribal’s a great shop, but they can’t help you move forward. I think, if you come to work here, I can take you here.” And she moved her hand up six inches, to indicate that she was going to make the investment in me.
I’ve also met with the other three guys that I’d be working with. One was a West Coast VP, the other two were on the level of my current boss. I’d be junior again, low girl on the totem pole – but I’d still be higher up in the overall Media Planner Food Chain than I am right now.
some boring career talk