I have been thinking really hard about what I want in a job. Here are the major must-haves:
- Long-term stability
- Challenges, so that I can learn and grow
- A great team of supportive people, who will help me learn and be fun to work with
- Reasonable compensation, including benefits
Here is a little bit more detail about all of those things.
WordPress: My major skill-set is WordPress, so naturally it makes sense for me to get a WordPress job. I have been thinking about what I would do if I were offered an amazing job that isn’t WordPress-related, and I don’t think I would take it… Not because I mind moving out of my comfort zone, but because I really like the WordPress community. I am already well-connected in the WordPress community, and there are a lot of really amazing people here. I like the strength of this community, and I don’t want to leave it.
As far as what kind of work I do within WordPress… I am good at both front-end and back-end development. I have pretty much maxed out on front-end development: that is, I don’t really find it challenging to build themes any more. I am really enjoying plugin development right now, and there is pretty much infinite room to do more and interesting things with plugins and learn more. So I’m content to do a little bit of front-end work, and certainly happy when plugin development needs my front-end skills, but I would like to focus on plugin development.
Remote: I have worked from home for most of my adult life. I work well from home – I have had a few gigs where I have had to work in on-site, and I really have trouble getting anything done when I’m in an office full of people. I like being at home where I can hunker down in my office and really concentrate on my work. I like being surrounded by my pets, and having a tea-kettle close by.
Long-term Stability: One of the reasons I want to stop freelancing is that I don’t like the instability: I really like the idea of knowing what my workload and income are going to be for the foreseeable future. I would love to find a job that will be interesting long-term. In fact, as long as I enjoy the work, get along with my co-workers, and feel like I am being reasonably compensated, I don’t see any reason to ever leave.
Challenges: I don’t want to do the same old thing over and over – I want to learn and improve and do new things. I am at my happiest when I am working at the far edge of my comfort zone. The projects that make me proudest are the ones that pushed me past my comfort zone. I want to continue to be embarrassed by the code I wrote a few months ago.
Team: One of the drawbacks of freelancing is that I almost always work alone. Of course, I’m an introvert, so I’m quite happy to work alone, but I would like to work with some smart people who can help me learn more. I am lucky to have some good mentors who can help me out when I need help, or just need to bounce ideas off someone. But it would be really neat to work with a bunch of smart and friendly people who will offer constructive criticism and teach me new ways of doing things (and hopefully I will have something to teach them too!).
Reasonable Compensation: Ah, the dreaded salary requirements question. I won’t answer that here (I might discuss it in a later blog post). But whatever job I have, I do want to feel like I am appreciated and supported, and being paid market value for my work is part of that. I have never had a paid vacation in my entire life, so I dream about paid time off. I would like a job that will pay my benefits, or at least pay generously enough that paying for my own health/dental/retirement isn’t a burden.
Naturally, there is give and take in any job, and I don’t necessarily expect to find a job that will fulfill all of these dreams. But I am hoping I can find a good balance of all of these features.
2 thoughts on “My Dream Job”
I wrote a post like this back in Feb, but I actually targeted 5 companies who fulfilled all of my “dream” requirements (you can see it here: http://creativityincluded.com/opinion/five-design-dream-jobs/)
Out of the five companies I wrote about, I talked to four of them about employment opportunities in person (at WordCamps), interviewed for positions at two of them, and was hired by Crowd Favorite at the beginning of July (and am still a little giddy every day that I get to work with such smart, creative people).
It’s amazing what happens when you put your dreams out there 😀 Good luck on finding *your* dream job!
Thanks, Chris! That’s why I’m putting it out there – describing it might help make it a reality. 🙂