I’ve struggled for so long trying to explain to recruiters & employers how I can be a jack of all trades and also a technical master of some.
How it’s possible that a software engineer can train as a mental health counsellor and also manage IT change programmes. And how it’s possible that in 20 years of self-employment I’ve managed to work on nearly 50 projects.
The problem seems to be that I never saw myself as an interim, or as someone working as an interim (even though that is what I have effectively been doing for over a decade now). Maybe the problem is also in part a hangover from the contracting way of working I was used to as a software engineer – ie. blinkered by a 9 to 5, 5 days per week arrangement.
My professional “portfolio” was the closest I ever came to better articulating my value, but in practice, such a thing was often not understood and (at worst) scared people off. Especially recruiters.
2020 is a new year and a new opportunity to remediate all this. Perhaps dare I say with a new viewpoint on my career – that of being an “Interim”.
Frank Ray & Associates is a software engineering consultancy that builds high quality software for businesses.