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"Will you be a judge for the competition, too?" "Yes!" was my reply, I hadn't been working at element14 for long and I was already asked to take some goodies and judge a competition for the opening of the Innovation Cube in Stoke-On-Trent, a place created and run by bITjAM Ltd. to help companies and, most importantly, young people to develop their digital works through concept, prototyping and design.   As a person who's heavily into technology and has been since a young age, I think t ...
The best way to approach any consulting job is trying to work yourself out of it by providing a great solution. The worst consultants, ironically, can make a remarkable amount of money in the short term by becoming entrenched in a project yet never delivering. Having a 'trophy shelf' of completed projects is any consultant's pride portfolio, even if NDAs and contracts prevent them from showing it off.   But what about amazing jobs? When a consultant has a client that pays a fair rate, make ...
Let's start with a clarifying definition: You're not a self-employed consultant unless you have clients. It's fine to tell people you're a consultant when searching for your first client, but never forget that until someone hires you the correct job title is 'unemployed.' There's nothing wrong in being unemployed for a time, but it is important to at least be honest with yourself for motivation.   For the readers that have decided to start consulting without at least one client, I'll quick ...
As with any stage of my career since the dreaded Wendy's job (don't eat the chili), people have responded with both envy and disgust when I explain my consulting gig. Envy with, ' You get to make your own hours,' and disgust with 'you have to cancel your trip for a deadline?' And honestly, I don't think the average person has any idea what a consultant does every day.   To be fair, my 10 years of consulting have been so varied that it took me about half that time to understand the job ...