I have had lots of jobs, and a few careers. Most have been a very awkward unnatural fit and sometime downright traumatic, wedging myself into roles that were never going to suit me long term. Some I was miserable in, living in a constant state of unhealthy anxiety.
Much of my adult life has been spent trying to catchup after being a failed student. However, I never gave up, I kept working and trying to test out little ideas as I went to try to work out what else I could do. As I fought to catchup, I definitely had some wins.
I set up programs to help foster children, ran a small business delivering youth art workshops and painted murals (preceding the popularity of “street art”), paid my way through University as an adult and worked in the highly competitive advertising industry.
I’ve transitioned through several other career phases since leaving advertising, working with businesses on compliance and regulation issues, government grant programs and as a Salesforce trainer.
Throughout this time I kept searching for opportunities to try new careers out. I eventually came across this question “What problems do you want to solve?”. I can’t quite remember where I read it, but it stuck in my mind and became the question I decided to answer.
Now, after further study, I use my experience to inform ways to identify and manage careers. The problem I want to contribute towards solving is career mismatch and career mismanagement which has become a source of real unhappiness in contemporary society.
To begin working towards solving that problem I have started the Creative Career Counsellor. I am here to help young people searching for areas of focus and adults who are transitioning, like I did, from jobs done to survive, to work or a career with a focus and a future. I utilise a creative, strengths based approach to help activate your career ideas.
Based in Melbourne, I provided access to low cost career counselling on the weekends (online options available). I have a love of all things careers, ideas and art and run a shop where you can find things to help inspire and support career thinking, products to help celebrate ideas and creative thinking and sell my own artwork and will be stocking some art products and supplies.
To get help you get started, check out A Job to Love. This book helped me immensely and has been a book I’ve repeatedly bought for friends working through a career crisis.
There’s a huge variance in the way artists quote on mural projects so I’ve created a simple calculator to help give some guides as to price. This isn’t a formal quote, but will give you an ‘ballpark’ figure to budget around for you project.
Office space is expensive, especially metropolitan space. Given the huge investment/cost of space it seems crazy that wall space isn’t utilised to deliver more than just holding up a roof.
When Switched On Group moved to a larger, open planned space, they identified an opportunity to put some blank space to work.Â The area itself sat on a windowless side of the building and could be seen from the foyer entry as well as other parts of the office. The challenge was to create work that directed light into the right area and create a sense of fun that’s complimentary, not jarring like street art and graffiti can be.
The solution was a mural that balances design trends and mass appeal by referencing a classic image loved by several generations, painted using contemporary techniques.
Some people like prestige cars because they give them a sense of status. For the owners of Trade Prestige and their clients it’s about something more, they genuinely love the craft and artisan-ship of their products.
I loved re-imagining these posters from an era when the lines between illustration and art were blurry and advertising was still made by hand. It suits their warehouse perfectly which looks more like a serious collectors garage than a sales room. The space is complimented by a great collection of vintage pieces.
As 2015 begins to slip away, people’s focus shifts towards the eating, drinking, family gatherings and festivities of Christmas. In Australia, this time of year also coincides with summer holidays (it’s the Southern hemisphere here). The Spring Racing Carnival here in Melbourne is the preamble to the onslaught of office parties and the commencement of the ‘silly season’.
For me it feels like a time to be productive. Rather than slowing down, I’m hoping to gain momentum moving into the New Year. So while the number of noticeably drunk people on the street increases, I’ve been in the studio working.