Parallel And Perpendicular Jumps
After a comment from an old friend, and a conversation with another who is thinking of making a parallel jump in his industry, I got to thinking what I would do if I had to change careers. What if I was forced to stop designing and quickly find something else to pay the bills? Not only is it an interesting question, but it could also be considered some good forward thinking. Or at least as forward thinking as it’s possible to be on a Monday morning. Please, do join me.
Let’s do this two ways, first, what would you do if you needed to make a parallel change in careers? Meaning, same industry, different role; like moving from waiter to cook in a restaurant. Second, what if you had to make a perpendicular jump and get out of your industry all together? Meaning, different industry, different role; like moving from rodeo clown to encyclopedia salesman.
I will be the initial cannon fodder. If I had to make a parallel jump, I would like to be a type designer. I am obsessed with typography and typographic history, and can stare at the nuances in letterforms for hours. I love the craft that goes into making typefaces, as well as the power typographers breathe into each character. They are making letters! The very root of modern written communication! This is of course idiocy at it’s best, since type design seems to be a very thankless field monetarily, but indulge me. Maybe I will have won the web design lottery by then.
Second, jumping perpendicularly and leaving the industry of graphic design entirely, I would lean towards some sort of woodworking trade. When I was younger I used to help out my grandfather (who was a carpenter) on the job building houses. I had my own tool belt and hammer, as well as a tape measure and a pocket full of 10 penny nails. Even for how young I was (nary 8 years old), I felt like I could do it forever. I still enjoy working with my hands immensely; the act of physically building something has always appealed to me. Perhaps I could be a carpenter like my grandfather, or a furniture designer. Either way, it would probably be for the best seeing as how my big hands were never meant for use on something as miniscule as a computer keyboard.
You’re up, what about you? Give me your parallel and perpendicular occupations, and back them up with some reasoning.