On Brazen Careerist, and my own career path

I can safely assume that a good number of you who read this blog know about Brazen Careerist. So I don’t need to tell you that they’ve re-launched the site, moving away from a blog-focused site into a robust social networking tool for career-minded Millennials to advance, promote, and further themselves in an ever-tighting job market. (If you don’t know about it…well…now you do. So get on it.) Being on the older side of the “Gen-Y” spectrum, I’ve seen an evolution in how folks get hired, fired, and advanced within a company. Lance Haun over at YourHRGuy.com did a fantastic post on it, so I won’t waste anyone’s time. Considering I started my corporate career over 10 years ago, it’s safe to say that a lot of my youthful transgressions that would have otherwise kept me from being employable were fortunately done before everyone’s life was on-line.

So what’s it all about, then? Why bother connecting with folks when I’ve got a job? Simple. There is nothing static about your career anymore. Not yours, not mine. Take my own path for example.

Intern → Accountant → Chef → Accountant → Money Manager → ???

I put the ??? at the end of that because I have no idea what’s coming next. As some of you may know, I am leaving my position (and the salary) at the end of the year to go back to school full-time and finish my degree. My goal? Information Systems Management. In other words, something completely unrelated to any of my previous jobs.

So what does Brazen Careerist have to do with this? Everything. I’ve been doing quite a bit of freelance work in the last few months, with the intention of having that supplement my lack of income once I am back in school. I figured it would take 6-12 months to build up some steady business. How long did it take? 4 weeks. Why? Because of places like Brazen Careerist, I was able to connect with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the pleasure (or disdain) to meet. It’s been a melting pot of politics, technology, honest debate, and forward-looking people. People that are not easily found.

And seeing many of their success stories, I can be confident in leaving one career to start on another.

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cooper August 26, 2009 at 10:30 pm

ha, ha, I must have missed the memo, there are no less that 7 posts on my 20 something / Brazen Google home page about Brazen Careerist relaunch.
I like the site, but am not as business/ social web minded as most there, and though I agree the web is a good place for contacts I think brazen is better for those whose creers of are of a certain type. I don’t see many creative arts types there or many policy geeks.

The discussion there is a site better than much of the web though, people conduct themselves respectfully, and that is impressive.

Norcross August 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Funny enough, I thought the same thing for quite some time. But there are quite a few folks on there that are heavily involved in the arts and policy. Nisha Chittal and Milena Thomas are two that come to mind (on different sides of the spectrum, no less).

And I have to admit, it’s help steamroll my freelance work, which will be what I’ll need to pay the bills when I leave my job at year-end.