I think I mentioned before that the graphic designer at work had left one day before I started my job. So since I’ve started, I’ve taken over the graphic design role as well as my actual job. In the next few weeks we’re going to be starting the hiring process to get someone into that design position.
My boss asked me how I feel about giving up the design/web aspect of my job, and whether I wanted to slide into the new position, and we would hire for my job instead. She said she feels completely comfortable with me in either role, since I’ve been doing both jobs for the past 2 months.
It’s interesting because while I like graphic design, I’m admittedly not that great at it. I have a good eye for layout and composition which is more suited to desktop publishing. Everybody has liked my work so far, so I do feel confident that I could continue as the company’s designer, but it’s such a specialized position and I don’t think I want that. I’ve always leaned towards marketing/communication positions because they offer more room for growth and movement. There are more advancement opportunities on the business side. And while designers can move into art directing positions, there aren’t as many opportunities to do that. You can really just move around as a designer.
We also spoke about the new job opening encompassing the social media aspect of the job, and that’s one area where I definitely want to have in my job portfolio (obviously!). My boss said that she’s open to me taking that task away from the vacant job position. And if I had that as part of my job description, I think I would feel better about giving up the design aspect of my job. Not that I’d have time for it anyway!
So my boss told me to take a few days to think about what I want, and that she is flexible with moving around duties and shaping my job to better suit what I love the most.
And that is why this is the greatest job ever.