It’s the end of a year (or at least 5 days from it)… and I suppose I could do one of those typical and expected year in review things. It’s not quite as full of milestones as last year was, since I was still a student at the beginning of 2005 and working at the end of it.
I’ve decided to do a different take on it this year — see my title.
I can’t really do the whole span of 4 odd decades of working because, let’s face it, I’m only 24. I’ve only been alive for 2 odd decades, and for most of that — I was a professional student (and making zero money from it).
Just from what I’ve seen so far this year… there are two ways you can go. Fight your way through the ranks at a large conglomerate or make it big quick in a small up and coming. It’s true, our economy is no longer run by the big men, it’s carried on the backs of small to mid-size businesses.
I guess it depends on your aspirations, your will to succeed, and how hard you want to work. Although, ‘working hard’ today does not mean the same thing as ‘working hard’ back then. Working hard used to be applied to manual labor. It was easy to quantify what was ‘hard’. Now, what is it? Is it measured in amount of hours sitting at your desk, typing away? Or is it the number and scope of projects worked on/managed/pushed for?
I’ve had the privilege of working in as many environments this year.
I started out in:
- the very small (approximately 10 people when I left),
- moved to the very large (400 people in the NYC office alone, with plenty of satellite offices world wide),
- then to a somewhat large (120 in the NYC office with 4 or 5 satellite offices),
- now to a small and growing (approximately 50).
The first one, I don’t count as much as it seemed to be more of a launching point rather than somewhere where I aspired to grow. The second one, while enormous — the department I was in (interactive PR) had the promise to grow large, and my career along with it. The third also had a growing interactive department, one that I was robbed of the privilege to grow along with (things weren’t working out — it’s okay. I’m fine now). The most recent… there seem to be limitless possibilities.Of course, this is like education — it’s not what you get, it’s what you do with it.
And oh baby, I’ve got plans.