Your Dream Job

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at 6:07 am | Comments off

If you could write the job description for your dream job, what would it be? If you're in the web development field, would you stay in it or would you choose something entirely different? What type of salary would you expect (if you answer this part, be reasonable)?

For my part, I'd want (need?) to be doing something creative. A bit of designing here, a bit of programming there, mix in web standards and stir. I'd hate to go too long without being able to design something - it's just not good for the soul. But, on the other hand, I don't mind taking on projects where I'm handed a series of comps and told to turn them into the XHTML and CSS needed to make things run smoothly. When you throw in a bit of PHP work, life is good.

With that said, I feel like telling you that on last Monday (a week ago yesterday, rather), I got my dream job with decent pay...;)


October 13th, 2004
6:50 AM | #

I agree, I need to be creative, either with coding or Photoshop. I would go NUTS if I couldn't create anything!

I also need to use my ummm.... what's it called again? ... oh yeah! BRAIN! If I'm not thinking I loose it. haha. My motto is "learn something new everyday."

Congrats on the job!

I'm still looking.

Jeff Smith
October 13th, 2004
7:34 AM | #

Congrats on the job Ryan!

Your dream job would go well with mine. I'd love to stray a little further away from the XHTML/CSS side of things and just work on layout comps. I'm still searching for my dream job, or a job period...

October 13th, 2004
8:07 AM | #

^_^ Congratulations Ryan.

I do not know if I have a dream job. I like many things. I want to write a screen play, a novel, help turn my city greener and reduce urban sprawl, design a computer game, produce music, cook in a restaurant, build a condominium in the mountains, or lead a project to turn my city's hospitals paper-less. Haha, there is more.

David Robarts
October 13th, 2004
9:41 AM | #

I've dabled in web design a bit and enjoy seeing the similarities with architecture. I love the creative things but need technical limits to challenge. One of my biggest concerns as an architecture student is that I may have difficulty beeing abstract enough im my design classes. Hurray for web designers, the architects of the expanding online world (too bad there our bad developers on the web too).

October 13th, 2004
5:11 PM | #

I'd say we're on the same page as far as dream job ...

basically what I like is to be given some loose parameters or a wish list and then make it happen from creative design/branding to coding the xhtml/css ... but in addition I'd need to have two assistants - one who's a Flash expert and the other to do a bunch of research for me. Then I'd be set.

congrats on the new job!

October 13th, 2004
6:10 PM | #

This is something I wrote about back in July on my blog. I too would need to be in a design field, but would prefer to be in a small company than being freelance or working for larger corperations.

Heres a link to my post on my site:

October 13th, 2004
6:51 PM | #

Congratulations on attaining the ultimate goal, Ryan. I hope you enjoy your dream job. As far as what I'd want in a dream job, I'd love to be able to sit all day creating new graphics and determine what designs to use for a website or web application. I'd get to choose all visual aspects of a project. I'm doing that now most of the time, except that I have to be within the limits of the programmers. I can't write in ASP so I'm stuck. So maybe my dream job would magically give me programming skills. As far as pay goes, I'd want to make enough so that my wife wouldn't have to work if she didn't want to.

Ryan Brill
October 13th, 2004
7:00 PM | #

Thanks, guys... :)

chuck - I've more or less got that. For instance, on the project I'm currently working on I'm in charge of the visual design and creating the templates. From there, I'm going to hand the project off to a JavaScript expert (don't worry - it's an internal application. ;) who'll take care of the stuff I'd rather not worry about.

Ray - "As far as pay goes, I'd want to make enough so that my wife wouldn't have to work if she didn't want to."

That's a noble aspiration. My hat is off to you.

October 13th, 2004
9:47 PM | #

Ryan - Thats Awesome!

Great to hear that you have a good job AND its one that you enjoy. I hope it all works out well for ya.

Tim Hill
October 14th, 2004
7:11 AM | #

congratulations on the job.

I think a dream job would have to include some form of learning, like if you were working with someone who had alot of knowledge that would be great.
Then you could start the whole, 'you are my master', and end up betraying them to the darkside...

Brandon Walsh
October 14th, 2004
10:57 PM | #


I actually have three dream jobs:

- being a pro skateboarder
- being a drummer in a kickin' band
- being a programmer and/or web developer

Scott LaChapelle
October 14th, 2004
11:23 PM | #

Congratulations Ryan!

My dream jobs would be...

- Playing in a band
- Professional BMX Rider
- Professional Web Developer

Khalid Ali
October 15th, 2004
12:26 AM | #

That is an awsome news my friend. and it was long over due...:-)

October 15th, 2004
4:05 AM | #

Congratulations on the dream job.

Mine, I think, would be:

Attorney at a major law firm, working primarily in the areas of intellectual property and copyright law, or working in media law. :-)

I happen to like web design. Just not as much as I like law.

October 15th, 2004
7:21 AM | #

Ryan, I may be completely missing the obvious here, but what was your dream job?

Chris Sharkey
October 15th, 2004
3:52 PM | #

Congrats of the job mate

My Dreamjob would be-
Professional Boxer
Web Developer
Martial Arts Teacher

As for money enough to support a family would be good with a few extras

Paul Jr
October 16th, 2004
5:41 AM | #

Yes, contargulations on the job, Ryan. I'm also curious as to what the job is. ;-)

As for my dream job -- I would like to be a software programmer. I've tried my hand at web design, and though I may be creative, I just can't seem to get the concept from my head into my computer without something going drastically wrong.

Robert Wellock
October 18th, 2004
4:15 PM | #

It's fairly obvious what his new job is but whether it really is a dream job depends upon how you want to look at the situation.

October 25th, 2004
9:28 PM | #

I think that I would like to totally move away from web-dev, I'm not a good designer but I like to think that I'm creative in other ways, such as finding solutions to programming problems.

I think I'd like to work as a C++ programmer for EA Games or Futuremark or something. That'd be cool.

I'm on totally the wrong degree course for that but meh.

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