Today I celebrate my 90 day anniversary at the credit union. And yeah, I'm still as enamored with this job as I was in the beginning.
I started working here to get some extra money while deciding what I wanted to do next. The idea was to manage the website and help the marketing department with some graphic work.
In the past 90 days, this job has kept me excited and energized. I love going in to the office and I love working from home.
Designed 2 major advertising campaigns from scratch
Created new animated messages for the video screens and redesigned all existing messages
Cleaned up the website and added many new features, including a calendar of events with the PDF files of the posters I created for seminars
For my print work I was rewarded with a Ricoh Aficio CL 7200D printer. HOT! This really made me very happy.
For my progress on the web, I was rewarded with Dreamweaver CS and lots of reference books.
I will be getting the newest version of Photoshop shortly as well, but I'm only one version behind so it's not a hardship.
The web work has been handed over to me entirely for design and function. My current goal is to take off the training wheels of working with this service provider (I have a 600 pixel wide section of the page under my control, the rest is preset by the provider) So, instead of just doing the page content, this summer I will be recreating the site to move to a secure hosting company where we can have complete control. I wish I had a way of showing my progress to others, but the folks here are thrilled with the changes I've implemented.
I have done the storyboard for my first Camtasia animation, planned the screens, and next week I'll have the first pass done. It's a simple instructional presentation regarding our use of two factor authentication and how to use it to log in to our internet banking site. A lot of our new members don't quite understand why we need it and how to use it, so we're going to make it easy for them in a 3 minute video. Camtasia is a full editing suite, so I'm learning lots on sound and putting elements together.
I also have the opportunity to start looking at focused data and create targeted marketing initiatives. I can do that on web data, or member data. There is a great opportunity for me here to really sink my teeth into something heady and fascinating. I really don't feel like I have anyone limiting me.
So instead of "just a job", I've found myself immersed in technology and art. This job feels like a reward.