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    October 18, 2007

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    Jacques Warren

    Great post. This is a question that's rarely addressed in blogs, or anywhere for that matter.

    The only way I could work for others, in large companies, was to be an intrapreneur. This means that the switch to being an independent consultant was easy.

    If this is what you want to do, here's the trick: know something big companies don't and are willing to pay a premium for, and never work for only one client. If you can organize your agenda so that you bill a few thousands here and there, you will make better money, while no one will be complaining they write you too fat a check.

    The downside? Well, I don't know what I'll be doing in December. I only know I'll be working. It doesn't stress me at all, whereas some people couldn't live that way. So imagine yourself in that situation, and if you're not afraid, you know you can jump ship.

    Oh, by the way, I have no merit. I vey well know that when I am tired of the consultant's life, I'll find a job right away...

    benry

    Agree, only you own your career and the path it takes. My path has included the UBC web analytics program (which I just completed earlier this month), reading, eMetrics (when I can make it) and the blogosphere.

    The challenge though as I see it in web analytics is two fold: 1) a lack of opportunities for new and emerging analysts -- everyone wants the experienced analyst 2) a lack of mentorship opportunities to help move new and emerging towards being top-notch analysts.

    James Gardner

    Hi June -

    Thanks for a great recap of our presentation. It was a lot of fun putting it together with you and sharing it with such an engaged audience.

    While I'm not "rabid" about web analytics, I enjoyed my second eMetrics immensely. Wonderful people, beautiful hotel, and lots of thought-provoking presentations!

    Please encourage your fellow professionals to email me if they've personal career questions and to check out my company's website if they've general questions about staffing firms.

    Best,

    James
    www.aquent.com

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