What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

July 25, 2017

In the midst of a career change, I've struggled to find a single pursuit and a matching job title in the technology industry.

There's so much about technology that fascinates me. I love mobile apps, responsive websites, user experience, user interface design, and on and on. Ideally, I would specialize in one area, and I want to, but it hasn't happened.

At work I use a stack consisting of PHP, MySQL, Bootstrap, and SASS. That's a full stack—front to back.

At school I built a shopping cart application in JavaScript with MongoDB, Express, and Node. That's another full stack.

I spent a fun two semesters learning Swift and building iOS applications. That's native mobile development.

I've been a graphic designer for most of my career—both print and digital media (web design included).

A large part of my school curriculum included user experience (UX). I produced a nice collection of real world deliverables. That's good experience for a career as a UX designer.

Then there's the marketing. School and work experience both here as well.

So what am I? Digital Marketing Expert? UX Designer? Graphic Designer? Web Designer? Mobile Developer? Full Stack Developer?

I don't feel confident using any of those titles because my expertise is so broad, so I've started using "Designer and Developer" as a generic title but it's so… generic. I feel like it doesn't explain what I do, but I'm undecided if that's good or not. While the title is vague, I think it might invite questions:

I've started using "Designer and Developer" as a generic title but it's so… generic. I feel like it doesn't explain what I do, but I'm undecided if that's good or not. While the title is vague, I think it might invite questions:

"So what do you actually do?"

"Are you a graphic designer, too?"

"Are you a web or software developer?"

Are these questions good conversation starters? Or a compelling reason to read more of my resume or website? Or are the questions based in frustration?