My husband is on the verge of a new job and I’m now experiencing the other end of the rollercoaster cycle of change. Career-wise, my husband (a developer) and I (a designer) have experienced different amounts of change. Until recently, my husband stayed at one job for over 4 years. I, however, hopped around from job to job, trying to find my place in this world. A designer’s world is very subjective and switching jobs every few years is generally the norm these days. It’s the same for developers in some ways, but different at the same time. In order to move up, you need to move-on.
Change is stressful and, for me, makes me doubt my legitimacy at times. Seeing my husband go through the same feelings really makes me want to embrace consistency over change. Change effects everyone around you, and that can be a good or bad thing. Not everyone is equipped to live in a world where the only constant is change.
I used to think that fast-paced, stressful environments with high turn-over rates were just a part of a designer’s career. For a lot of designers that’s a very real thing, for a lot of designers, that pressure makes them grow. For those of you that know me personally, you know that I over-exert myself all the time and look for approval when I shouldn’t. I think that I’m in an environment now where I have the opportunity to push myself without the fear of the constant disapproval stakeholders. I think that that’s what works for me. It took a hot minute to figure that out and now that I’m settled in I realize this is exactly where I need to be.