Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where did those skills go?


This too, is a bad design.

I have put up my hand to do some additional work for work. It requires design skills that I used to have many years ago and that I have allowed to lapse, slowly and quietly.

Marketing departments across organisations vary so much.

When I worked for a Not For Profit we tried to do as much as possible in house. It was magnificent for my skills, I learnt all sorts of programs and skills and found ways to make things happen when the actual budget for the project was officially $0.00.

Over the last few years I have worked in teams where we had either the luxury of in-house design teams or the budget to pay decent ones externally.

I didn't realise my Indesign skills had got so shabby. I hate relying on other areas to get things done for me. I really don't like looking at my work and thinking how poorly it looks compared to what I would like it to look like.

But at least now I have another little project for myself.

Have you lost (misplaced!) any of your work skills? Did you manage to find them again?



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8 comments:

  1. Yes I have and when found it was a big SQUEE, 'I was back'. I lost confidence.

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  2. The skills come back with a bit of practice. You know how much I'd lost confidence in pretty much all my skills - but they do come back.

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  3. I reckon you just need time & practice to polish your skills. I have none whatsover in the arts & crafts department so I don't have that problem.

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  4. I worry about this! I've been out of the fulltime workforce for 5 years now, although I do some freelance work just to keep some level of skills up... my computer skills though need some work, that's what blogging is meant to help me with....

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  5. I think they evolve really. And like the others said lots of it is a confidence thing. Like my husband yesterday who was holding our squiffy nephew. He confessed he wasn't sure if he remembered how to change a nappy. I handed him the nappy and walked out of the room. And oddly enough it all came screaming back to him. ;)

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  6. I am learning InDesign right now with my Graphic Design course. It is very involved! I'm sure it will all come back to you.

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  7. I'm not sure you ever forget it's just they aren't fresh and at the forefront of your mind. I think it is also a bit scary and we worry ourselves a bit when really we just have to jump in and have a go.
    I find it funny when I am talking to someone about a topic and all this information just spews out of my mouth and I think to myself WOW! Where did that come from?
    Good Luck I'm sure it will turn out fine.

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