I think that a commonly held idea is that people my age want a workplace with bean bag chairs, smoothies & a minibar. To be honest, I wouldn’t really mind a mini bar but that’s why we have beers during our designer meetings on Fridays.
I’m coming up on my first year at Fidelis, which is a big deal. I’ve only ever worked one place longer: the admissions office of the TAMU medical school. I duked it out for three whole years as an office associate (shredding paper, making name tags, and eating a lot of kolaches) by day, playing music in dive bars at night, getting up early and doing it all over again.
Why? Because I loved the people I worked with and I believed in the good we were doing. Helping people become doctors is a pretty big deal, even if my job wasn’t the most exciting.
I’m not the kind of person to stay at a job long if I don’t like it. And I really don’t like offices. I think Office Space scarred me permanently. When I met the Fidelis guys, I was like Inigo Montoya before Vizzini found him. Flailing in a agency-less design stupor. I’d done freelance work before, but not enough to call it a real job. It didn’t take me two weeks after I was hired to realize I’d found a company that I could call home.
Working for Fidelis is great because I am given the room to grow as a designer and leader, I am given a voice in helping shape the company, and I get to do good work for good people — with good people.
Sure, I work out of a trendy backyard garage, have a super flexible schedule, develop slick websites, and I don’t have to wear slacks… ever… anymore. But those aren’t the reasons why it’s been almost a year and I’m still here.
I’m living a passionate, creative life, and I’m working for and with people who inspire me, build me up, and have purpose. That’s a really cool thing to be able to say at 26. I’m really heckin’ lucky.
Resident sleepy sloth