RIP to Titles: Beyond the Job Description
ABANDONING THE BOX
By Jaylin Paschal
One of my generation’s strengths is our refusal to pigeonhole ourselves. This may easily be seen by others as a weakness — we “don’t know what we want,” we “aren’t specialized;” we usually don’t have a definitive answer to the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question. Through this perspective, we’re viewed as fickle, noncommittal new workers with no solid skill sets.
The truth is, young creatives are preparing to enter the workforce with a wide range of talent. More and more young people are identifying themselves as multifaceted thinkers, looking for positions that allow them flex all of their creative muscles. Words like “strategist,” “director” and “manager” are coming up more and more in job searches and ads, mainly because these positions are more encompassing of several roles and responsibilities.
Or, alternatively, young professionals are listing more than one job title or area of expertise in their bios. I personally identify as a “Creative Strategist + Content Creator,” in an effort to capture my interests in journalism and branding. Through this combination of titles, I've been hired to work on marketing campaigns for major brands and small businesses, style and direct photoshoots, write original content and provide creative consultation.
This creative freedom is why it's not uncommon to see a young person who's some odd but effective producer-designer-photographer combo.
One of my favorite renaissance girls is Mercedes Benson (@mercedesfbenson), who is a style blogger, DJ and social media specialist. In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors--Social Fix It, for young professionals looking for cool new careers, and FutureSnds, a music and event production company--Benson holds the title of Brand Partnerships Manager at Complex UK. All of that being said, she's dynamic and dope, and a great example of how young people are abandoning job titles for more fulfilling and well rounded careers.
With less strict titles, we have more open opportunities. As we usher in a new era of doing what you're good at, and not what you're told, our careers will become so much more than our job descriptions.