Mid last year I was asked if I wanted to take on the role of Studio Manager at work, gradually adding that to my current role of Senior Artworker. Of course I said yes. There are some good skills to add to repertoire in that role. I’ve posted before about one of my colleagues who over the past couple of years hadn’t been doing the best work in his job. Yesterday he was made redundant. It had been a long time coming. He’d been in the role for far too long and had resisted all progress and change but was also on a salary way more than the role deserved so from a business perspective, it was time. Emotionally for my boss it was tough. The guy that was let go had been there for 18 years and needs the salary he’s on.
For me, this means I’ll be taking on even more responsibility and learning even more skills and it opens up the opportunity for me to move out of artworking and into managerial positions or account management. I had hit about the top of my earning potential in the kind of role I was in so financially it has much better opportunities as well. It will be a bit of a steep learning curve for a while but already the energy in the office has changed and it feels like the company might start making some headway.