The More Things Change…

The cat’s out of the bag! Starting November 2nd, I’ll be a part-time employee back at infuz. Yes, that’s right. infuz.

What’s that you say? You have some concerns? I know. We all did. But don’t worry. It’s not going to be like last time.

It’s a different place now. Literally. They’ve moved offices (cutting the 10-block walk in half) into a sexy new space. There are no Ghosts of Drama Past lurking in the cafeteria behind the coffee machine. I couldn’t go into the old space (especially the dramariffic bathroom) without getting panic attacks. I don’t have that problem in the new space.

It’s full of different people with different attitudes – including me. Some of the folks are the same (including my husband), and everyone I’ve talked to agrees that the the place has gone through an attitude adjustment (for the better). I had to go through a bit of an interview gauntlet partially to demonstrate that I wasn’t going to bring the drama back with me. I passed, because my old role wasn’t about bringing the drama (for me), but trying to keep it away from as many people as possible – which meant i was in the thick of it 90% of the time.

It’s a different role. Instead of being a Project Manager, I’m going to be a QA Analyst/Copy Editor. What does that mean? It means that I’ll be helping polish everything that the company produces so that the best version reaches the outside world. This includes things like web testing and proofreading, but it also means being part of the teams that design and create without “overstepping my place” like I would do as a PM (like i said, different folks, different attitude).

It has hella potential. I’m not going to lie. Writing and executing test scripts and proofreading copy documents isn’t the most exciting of career opportunities (for me, anyway). Where this job really shines (besides allowing me to be more than just a mom) is where it will hopefully take me. When i’m not testing or proofing, I’ll be taking my first steps towards becoming a copywriter. If I can prove that my ability is more than theoretical, I’ll be able to transition away from QA and into a truly creative role. It’s not going to happen over night, but it can (and will) happen.

Which is why i took the job. If this were 1996 and a career counselor at my college sat me down and said, “You can get paid to write. Here’s what being a copywriter is all about and here’s what it takes to become one. Also, you like teaching and you like learning, but you will never like being ‘a teacher’,” I would have ditched my education degree (and maybe the theatre one), and switched over to double majoring in communications and computer science. I would have gotten some crazy low-paying internship where I worked 60 hours a week and started building a portfolio then and there.

It’s not 1996, though. It’s almost eleven years later. I don’t have the luxury of going back to school. I don’t have the luxury of being over-worked and underpaid. The economy isn’t in the same place it was when I graduated and companies were so desperate for people that if you seemed smart enough, they’d hire you as a UNIX admin and teach you to be a web developer even though your only prior experience was working in a computer lab and a single CS class.

What I do have is an opportunity I’m incredibly fortunate to have and I can’t wait to take advantage of it.