I’m only one person, but I’ve been a writer, editor, designer, and entrepreneur, in the process of building a career and a life, for over a decade now. I’ve been lucky enough to have some of my best friends and business partners in my career, while also having so many opportunities for growth as well.
I think there are so many ways you can build a digital career, but I’ll focus on the ways you can get your first digital job.
1) Go to a conference. Ive been to plenty of events, so I know this one is easy. But if you happen to have a really good idea for a new app idea, a cool website idea, or a neat idea for a new startup, try to get in front of a conference. A conference is where most of the big names in the industry show their stuff.
There are basically three ways to get a conference going. You can attend one and make the most of it. Or you can attend one and complain about the lack of it. Or you can attend one and get a speaker to do a talk on some topic which you can then present at a conference and then get a speaker to do a talk on some topic which you can then present at a conference.
To me, a conference is the closest thing to a real job. So when I attend one, my boss and the entire senior management team are like, “You’re about to become an expert at this!” and I’m like, “Yeah, I guess I am.
You know what else? Youll be helping me get experience with a new technology, which is exactly what Ive been doing my entire career.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a job that was more like a job and less like a career. I’ve had a job that I was doing for 6-1/2 yrs, and a career that has been much longer than that.
And its not like Ive had the best job or the best career. Thats just how it is. Ive been at my job for nearly nine years, and have worked in various types of tech jobs, but never in a career position that im aware was like that. I hope it doesnt turn out that way, because its not like Im asking you to hire me.
I think the term “digital” careers is getting thrown around a lot lately in the job market. I’m not sure if I agree. I mean, you can do everything that you can do in a traditional job. You can have a job that involves working on spreadsheets and reporting, and all the rest. And you can also do everything you can do in a career.
I think that digital careers can be really cool. But they are not nearly enough. Because if there is one job that can be done by a person who has no job experience and no job experience in a traditional job, it is a digital job.