I honed my corporate skills in employee reward & recognition and event management roles working for one of Canada’s “Big 5” banks for 15 years. In that time, I always found the greatest gratification not in planning the program or event, but in the creative “side tasks” that I always managed to sneak in to whatever project I was working on.
Establishing the role of Reward and Recognition Co-ordinator, for example, I taught myself graphic design and rudimentary html, developing thematic and graphic collateral for internal service campaigns. Working as an Event Manager, I always volunteered to design logos and materials and hack the SurveyMonkey registration surveys to customize the portals’ look and function not only for my own events but for the other managers on my team as well.
When a leave of absence coincided with a corporate re-org and I was left to find a new professional trail to trek, I came to the conclusion that it was about time I made those “side tasks” my main function. Now, newly enrolled in Humber College’s Web Design, Development and Maintenance program, I’m beginning a journey that I should have started a while ago. But, better today than never. As the Chinese proverb states: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”