Week Nine: It's no fun to be The Man
Or is it?
We had an interesting class this week with "special guest star" (to use the old TV show term), Keith Miller.
I can see why Keith does well in front of groups, even though he often doesn't work that way; he was engaging, had a lot of material to worth with, and left things flexible enough for impromptu discussion to take place. His portrayal of life in the corporate world was very interesting with a refreshing amount of candor regarding the good and the not-so-good in that kind of environment. I was a bit surprised he didn't mention a primary reason people choose this particular work world: (typically) higher salaries. As a long (well for me) time employee in the public sector, I know I'm not going to get rich, but I do OK and I appreciate the working conditions enough to make it worthwhile for me. We all have tradeoffs and know (hopefully) what we're willing to do and what's more important. Sounds simple, but it takes a while for some people to figure this out in their careers.
Keith's words of wisdom crossed into the familiar, but true territory of wearing many hats. It's a lot less likely to get yourself outsourced if you can do a lot of things. Maybe you can't be too multi-talented; heck, look at him with a Landscape Architecture background that he probably doesn't use all the time (if much at all) in his ID career. I'm sure it has a role to play somehow just as there must be something in what I do that came from my background in music...right?
Also, the "Rapid Prototyping" presentation was fun and even though it's a common example, having everyone do paper airplanes got the idea going right out of the gate. OK, gotta go work some more on the presentation I have to do tomorrow with the group!