Career chat has always interested me. When I was a new college grad I spent a fair amount of time in my alma mater's career services office, getting advice as I prepared to make a start for myself. I'm glad I did it. The career counselors liked me enough to use my resume as an example for other new grads, and I managed to land an internship at a multimedia CD-ROM publishing company (which, back in 1995, was so totally cutting edge).
After more than a decade out in the workforce I feel like I've learned a great deal about my strengths, preferences and motivations when it comes to my career. But I also know that career planning didn't end when I left my college campus - it's something I must always keep in the back of my mind. I like hearing about how my peers are handling their own career choices, and I think it's a productive thing for us to talk about with each other.
So I'm planning to write about career-related topics, now and then, in this blog. Before I get started I'd like to acknowledge 4 fellow bloggers who've already written some great web analytics career-related material:
- Alex L. Cohen
I appreciate Alex's enthusiasm - right now he's doing an interactive marketing tip-a-day for the entire month of November [really, Alex, even on Thanksgiving?]. Occasionally he writes about career-related issues, including this piece on how to write a good web analytics resume.
- Stephane Hamel
As Stephane was contemplating his own impending career move he wrote this very compelling post on the importance of doing regular career self-evaluations. I liked it so much I wound up using it in my presentation on career management at eMetrics. Neither Stephane nor I can fly a kite too well, but luckily that's not a requirement for our line of work.
- Avinash Kaushik
Oh, what's not to love. I wouldn't say Avinash has written about careers, though, so much as he's written about the flip side of the coin - hiring. I thought this post about whether to hire fresh blood or old hands was especially good, and you can see from the comments that many of his readers turned it around and talked about the issue from the job candidate's perspective.
- Anil Batra
Anil has compiled a whole collection of interviews with web analysts; as of this writing he's accumulated 32 career-related posts. I've really enjoyed reading the interviews - just to get a sense of who "we" are - but I think they could be equally valuable to someone who's contemplating an entry into web analytics.
Read what these fine gentlemen have to say, and read my blog, too. I think there's still more we can and should talk about when it comes to careers in web analytics, and I aim to be a part of that conversation.