I see a lot of job ads described as exciting and fun...eg. "exciting opportunity". Even if it's just for a little print shop or a signage business, they still talk themselves up. They don't mention the boring bread & butter work you have to do day in, day out. Or how little creative freedom you might have. I did some freelance work for a stuffy corporate firm. They asked me to stay on full time but i declined. The work was SUPER boring, yet when they advertise the job they make it seem like it's this amazing fun filled place, that will do wonders for your career. Whereas the reality is, that anyone who has worked in the 'creative' department has left within a year. I get that employers need to "sell the sizzle, not the steak". But their wasting their time and others by not being truthful.
For those of you that are employed, do you consider your job exciting? If so, why?
I flew into the Three Capes Track via helicopter, walked for two hours, stood on the top of 250m cliffs and the flew out over Tasman Island... jaw dropping. i also took our web developer. A perk that really made project management of the website and whole campaign worthwhile.
Getting out there and being a part of it should be encouraged more by employers/clients.
But 95% of the time i'm in front of the computer getting 'excited' by design solutions.
@dan cheers mate. Been a designer since 2000 also. Fulltime until 2007 and then moved into photography due to being sat at a desk 24/7 was killing me.
Commercial photography is not that far apart from design as you think to be honest. There is a client, brief, and goal just like design. The goals have to be met to budgets and deadlines too. There is creativity, technical skills, and delivery with Adobe Suite. The big difference is that there is more engagement with people outside of the screen.
@dan - sometimes I'm like yeah this project I'm working on is great and I really get to be creative and feel excited by what I'm doing and creating but for the most part I find myself feeling a bit whatever, like I'm creating something that some people would say 'yeah that looks nice' but its in no way ground breaking
the more I'm in the industry the less I feel I'm inspired, I feel a lot of work out there in the industry is good quality but it kind of all feels a bit stale and not interesting to me. I don't know if this is perhaps I've been in the industry longer now or what. overall some agencies I think create great work but for the most part I can't say many agencies or places that I'm like "oh I'd love to work for them" where as in the past I feel I used to feel this way to more places
changing opinions is to be expected the longer your career goes on. But i can't say i've ever found any place exciting even when i was a junior. Maybe life at Google or Apple is different. I'd love to find out.
Hmmm? That made me think a bit.
My career has actually got a lot more exciting as its gone on.
In retrospect, my early career was as dull as dishwater.
I actually left design for about six years as I was sick of it.
I've always done self initiated projects to keep me sane and keep me going and I started to push this out there and eventually I started to get the kind of work I wanted to do as a freelancer.
I started working with a motion graphics company and also a street art/muralist company which I really enjoy.
Doing murals can be pretty cool as I actually get to go outside. O_o
Sometimes we're painting in quite dodgy places at night and the next it maybe a public, live painting in a huge, ancient abbey playing trip-hop beats and flying drones about to film it.
Don't get me wrong. Sometimes I can hardly bring myself to look at my MacBook screen as I'm sick of the sights of what I'm working on but that's part of it I have to do.
Back to the original question:
::For those of you that are employed, do you consider your job exciting? If so, why?::
Working in house sucked the life out of me. Boring and I'm not a natural 'employee'.
Working as a freelancer has been hard work but often AWESOME!
@dan - I did work at an agency where I used to get to travel a lot art directing photoshoots around the world, I guess I could say that was exciting whilst out of the office but as soon as you get back into the office, its the same old thing haha.
I'd love to work for a place like Snask where they use their hands to create a lot of the work they make and looks like a lot of their projects they can kind of just go a bit wild, I mean to me that seems exciting but I can't think of any places in Australia where they do that kind of work.