Other Side

1411, 2018

Consultant in the Gig Age

By |November 14th, 2018|

In the early 2000s, I worked for a large IT consulting firm. One particular years-long project had me and my team traveling worldwide managing the migration of around 25,000 servers and PCs to a new operating system. At each location, numerous contractors would join us for a week, attend a training and work with our […]

110, 2018

A Temp’s Life: The Pros and Cons

By |October 1st, 2018|

Even in this job market, with job openings aplenty and few workers to fill them, temporary work may still be the way to go for many workers. In fact, many prefer contingent work, while others seek out more traditional employment relationships. A contractor for more than 10 years, I have worked with many of both […]

2208, 2018

The Other Side: Guiding Light

By |August 22nd, 2018|

Four years ago, I felt stuck. I had worked in retail for five years and did not see any other option for me. Then, a friend suggested I try getting work through a staffing firm — and I’m so glad I did.

Since then, I have worked with several staffing firms, all of which were good […]

2407, 2018

The Other Side: Moms Return

By |July 24th, 2018|

After a nearly nine-year-long career break to be a stay-at-home mom, I decided to return to the workforce. I was a software engineer for more than 15 years prior to staying at home, but wanted to venture on a new path. My goal was to be a salesforce administrator, so I embarked on a self-learning […]

106, 2018

The Other Side: Promoting Right

By |June 1st, 2018|

One of my proudest moments as an IT consultant was when I was working for a global company implementing an end-to-end digital transformation initiative, including new CRM, MarTech and CMS platforms. It was a complex project with many hands on deck.

More than a year into it, we hit a major roadblock that could have torn […]

105, 2018

The Other Side: More Equal Than Others

By |May 1st, 2018|

After more than 20 years in the corporate world, I decided to branch out on my own. Throughout my career, I had established great working relationships with several consulting agencies that specialize in my area of expertise, so it was natural to connect with them to help me find work.

Initially, I took on many different […]

2603, 2018

The Other Side: Don’t Ghost Us

By |March 26th, 2018|

In 2015 after a long career in administrative support, I took the plunge and went back to school to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. The demands of long clinical and didactic days, balancing family and home, the emotional and physical toll patient care takes, and the endless hours studying to pass the […]

2011, 2017

Their Own Patterns

By |November 20th, 2017|

After working for a large software company for many years, I went freelance. And I’ve since specialized as a software development project leader, working with highly-skilled freelancers from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The contrast between corporate and freelance work is quite dramatic.  It’s human nature to want the benefits of a […]

2609, 2017

The Other Side: Human Interaction

By |September 26th, 2017|

I decided to try the gig economy after leaving a corporate job. I wanted to find work/life balance and flexibility, so I began working for different staffing agencies. I moved my way up from worker to supervisor quickly — and started to notice where staffing agencies could do better.

Now I’m back in the corporate world […]

2108, 2017

The Other Side: Living as Contingent

By |August 21st, 2017|

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one,” so the old saying goes. Contrary to what one might think when reading this phrase, though, I’ve found being a contingent worker has forced me to become not just a jack of all trades, but a master […]