I am exhilarated about a big change in my career. After spending 15 years in higher education web development, I am returning to the private sector, taking my WordPress skills with me. But, the paradigm in which I’ll be developing for the web is far different from what I’ve been working in. I have a chance to redefine where I want to put my focus as I embark on this new adventure.
Much of the work I’ve done has been in the area of facilitating the ease of use for the end user to create and manage content while standardizing the design interface for large web systems. What got sacrificed in that mix was the ability one has to create truly beautiful design, to keep abreast of the latest trends and work towards excellence.
This is what happens when you move from managing networks of hundreds of sites, with dozens of web administrators, into managing a single site with only one manager. I am excited that I can move on with the lessons I have learned and grow as a designer and developer.
As much as I’ve absolutely loved so much about working in higher education (especially being around all the smart people!), I won’t miss the lack of resources and the need for too-small staff to wear so many hats that everyone feels unappreciated. I won’t miss settling for (to me), mediocre solutions that were the best I could do under the circumstances. I won’t miss the lack of advancement possibilities and the ubiquitous faculty/administration upstairs/downstairs culture. I am sure that where I move will bring with it a new set of political realities, power struggles, and personal challenges — every workplace does.
But, all the same, I just can’t wait to get started!