Went back to work at the day-job today. Discovered that the Queensland Writers Center has been dubbed one of the best arts organisations to work at in 2013, which is utterly true, but not for the reasons that are listed in the article. It cites the vast scope of QWCs partnerships and the sprawling Queensland lifestyle as the key reasons for wanting a job there.
And, you know, fair enough.
But QWC isn’t my first ride of the pony when it comes to having a day-job that looks idyllic from the outside. It is, however, the first time I’ve enjoyed working a day-job as much as I expected to enjoy it when I started. That’s got nothing to do with the Queensland heat and the cozy Queensland arts scene.
What matters to me, what makes it a fucking kick-ass place to work, is this:
1) The work matters. I can look at what we do, see how benefits people, and it’s something I care about. It’s also hard, which means occasionally there are weeks where I could go at the world with a bazooka, but even those weeks are worthwhile when you look at the overall picture.
2) The people rock. I mean, my co-workers are fucking awesome. Seriously some of the coolest people I’ve ever had the privlidge to know, and for the most part they aren’t folks I’d befriend under regular circumstances. I like getting to know smart, passionate people who care about what they’re doing, and these folks do.
3) Genrecon. Back again in 2013 and still pretty much my dream project.
Everything else is gravy.