• Jon .Jon ., 5 months ago

    My advice as someone who climbed the ladder. Go solo, independent consultant. Be your own boss. Stop working for others. Choose your own gigs. Find an interesting company with ambitions. Get 3x paid. Build something beautiful, meaningful, impactful. Creating your own career is an energising experience.

    15 points
    • dh .dh ., 5 months ago

      Awesome response. Seems that in the bigger companies they tend to push people in the direction of people management. Being independent would allow you to focus the other things that you're good at.

      2 points
    • Ktrn DsrsKtrn Dsrs, 4 months ago

      Exactly what I was about to write. As a freelance consultant, management roles might happen in some mandates, but that won't last forever and you will be able to focus on what you love doing the most!

      1 point
    • Andrew C, 5 months ago

      While I don’t want to shut down the validity of this as an option I feel it also isn’t answering the question. “Not playing the game!” isn’t a great answer to “How do I play the game?”

      She’s explicitly said she doesn’t want to manage Consultants have to sell, organize projects, work w internal stakeholders, etc. If you’re successful you have to hire—and manage—people. This option doesn’t really address the fundamental question: Does she want to manage or focus solely on delivery?

      To Carolann: I’d strongly consider managing others. You can direct their work and increase your influence tremendously and amplify others to make good design possible. I’ve been managing for years now and still do projects here and there. My ability to deliver has only been improved by navigating process and navigating cross functional teams w a designer lens. Even as an IC you have to learn to manage ppl upwards: exec buy in, product manager focus, dev resources, etc. It’s the nature of team work.

      But if you want to focus on increasing your effects as an IC I suggest detailing out what that role means and bring it up to the company. This time next year what will design improve that you’re lacking today? Think in skills and deliverables. UX is an umbrella term: Content creation, visual design, content writing, and user research (discovery, optimization, etc). Figure out which skills in these buckets would prove valuable to increase then plan that skill tree out. If you don’t know try interviewing people in your area to provide more detail.

      Good luck!

      6 points
      • Jon .Jon ., 4 months ago

        You bring up some good points Andrew. It's an interesting topic.. ICs career in the corporate world. In most companies the level contribution is the guiding factor for compensation. Managing people is apparently often valued higher than deep expertise, because thats the thing that keeps the wheels spinning. If your craft doesn't scale with the value you crate to the firm, your career will stagnate. As someone with similar feelings about people management as Carolann, I found the solo move to suit my ambitions.

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