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I feel like I’m unemployable.
I have an unconventional career path and feel as though I often get overlooked and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
I started work life at 18 as a qualified Secretary / Administrator, which continued until I was 34.
After 16 years of never really feeling like I was doing what I really should be doing, I decided I needed to fill the gaping hole inside and become a graphic designer.
Knee deep in still needing to earn a wage, I began interning part time at a local web design agency whilst working my previous career.
Deciding that web wasn’t the way I was going to go, I helped out at various other companies honing my graphic design skills for 2 years.
Word of mouth guaranteed some awesome starter projects and I left my previous career behind to pursue the freelance life.
I’ve freelanced for design agencies, which never felt quite right.
Sometimes it’s nice to whack on some music and dance around the room, or something less bonkers, like a fast walk somewhere other than the toilet to weep in memoriam for your soul.
Since working for myself I have developed a pattern of working that allows me to be as productive as possible, I never force the creativity, and allow myself to reach it using techniques that don’t involve being sat at a desk for 8 hours.
Although I love freelancing for myself, I would actually love to find an open minded company, that is free of the need to sit still and quiet for 8 hours straight, to allow their creatives to be creative using unconventional methods.
“I would actually love to find an open minded company.”
Samuel Zeller | Unsplash
Believe me, as a freelancer needing to earn money for herself, I understand the need for grind and hard work, but the one-size-fits-all approach of office working just makes me do a little weep.
I have applied for roles with agencies over this time, mostly being told;
“You don’t have enough commercial experience!”
I’ve been working for myself for 3 years.
For large clients including The Soil Association, The National Theatre and the BBC, as well as creating brands and communication pieces for local businesses.
I communicate with them, quote them, project manage them, create the work for them, invoice them.
I understand how to work for commercial clients, and I’ve worked for commercial clients. But if I haven’t got enough, can we work together so I can get some more?
I assume, ‘not enough commercial experience’ means I haven’t worked in enough agencies and “you’re too far gone, you’ve worked for yourself for way too long, which means you can’t be moulded into the kind of creative we’d need.”
Ian Dooley | Unsplash [edit by me]
Is there a company out there that understands the human side of working?
That having a team of creatives that don’t fit into a box is much more productive and commercially viable?
Leisy Vidal | Unsplash
Am I asking for the moon on a stick?
Or have I developed a productive way of working for myself that could be a great way of getting shit done, with a little bit of open mindedness?
I’m always up for a chat about collaboration, this year I’m all about finding new like-minded people and companies to see if there’s a connection.
Hit me up 👊👇
Hello, I’m Nik, I specialise in Marketing & Brand Design for start-ups and small businesses. I also enjoy writing about authenticity, emotional + experience based thoughts and positive outcomes.