I got the call! I have a second interview on Friday at 9am with the same group I interviewed with on Monday! They like me, they really like me!
Having lunch with Kymberlie yesterday and visiting with Naomi last night made me realize one thing – I was right in trusting my instincts all along. I don’t think I could handle the stress and potential instability that a web design firm job would present right now. I would always be worried that they were going to go under. There are many other issues too – not bad things, but things that always bothered me. The web design firm world is a young industry. It is full of young employees (I was old at 33!) and as they age there will always be fresh young new people. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – fresh perspectives and all that. However, it leads to a casual work atmosphere that is normally not too professional. Some people love this. It drives me batty. Co-workers listening to loud music, goofing off a lot of the time – nothing gets to me faster. Not that all my co-workers were this way, but there were enough of them that it was annoying to me.
Lots of people suggested I go in to web design at a corporate job. However, I don’t have a design certificate or solid design skills. I don’t have a 4 year degree which is critical to compete in the industry here in Houston (since it is a very saturated industry right now.) I wasn’t a designer at my last job – I was in sales and then a project manager or an account executive if you look at the descriptions on some design shop sites. In the corporate world there is just one client – not several to coordinate, no sales positions. Basically the job I need isn’t out there.
An Admin job will put me back in the corporate world. It will allow me the low-stress work that I crave. As others have pointed out, I could finally leave work at 5pm and leave it behind – not eat, breath & sleep my job like I have for the past 2+ years. I need this. I crave it so much I can almost taste it. Ironically, I met with this group last spring when they had a potential web design project. I remember thinking at the time that it would be a great place to work. Now, not quite a year later, that opportunity is close. I seriously think I have a great shot at this, I think I would be perfect for the job, and doggone it, people like me! (Sorry, had to slip in the Stuart Smalley to see if you were still reading!)