Have you ever sat down with a pencil, a piece of paper and no distractions to draw out a Venn diagram of what would make your perfect job, a job perfectly suited to your skills, interest and ambitions? Well I have; my first draft involved space travel, excitement, adventure, riches beyond my wildest dreams and a short commute from home.
My second draft at a (slightly) more realistic list was more down to earth, but no less interesting for me. It involved the chance to make use of my history in local government, delivery of exciting digital solutions to real problems and the chance to work with an exciting group of people who don’t accept mediocrity regardless of who they are being measured against. Oh, and that short commute from home option made it through to this draft too.
Brilliantly enough, right at the centre of this Venn diagram of awesomeness is where my brand new job sits, which I will be beginning shortly. I’m moving to become the account manager for a digital publishing company who are expanding to deliver services to local government and needed someone with a working knowledge of digital along with the same for local government. Voila!
Technically speaking, it means I will for the first time in over eight years be outside of the public sector, though I will be working very closely with Councils to look at their digital needs and then to bring some top technical minds to the table to meet those needs. I’m tremendously excited by it and believe it will give me the chance to make even more of a difference to the wider world of local government than I could ever have done before.
So, why am I sharing this through this blog? What relevance can it have to this wider world?