Friends, it was a running joke that even Chandler's closest friends had no idea what he did at work? I often get asked what I do, and I get the sense that nobody really knows -- but that's about to change. Angelo provided the inspiration for this, aptly describing his day job.
The company I work for (and head office in LA) build web sites to help kids figure out what they want to do for careers, and how to plan their schooling (high school and college) to prepare themselves for "the real world". Organizations like schools, school districts, boards of education and big companies buy subscriptions to those sites so that students can use them to plan their futures, usually as part of a school program, often run by school guidance counsellors.
So we've got 100+ people making this happen -- sales, support, designers, developers, executives, analysts, writers -- and I'm an interaction designer in the group that designs and builds the sites. Basically I design the blueprints for the site, researching what we need to include, pulling together the content or data, doing rough page layouts and showing how people would interact with the site. It's creative work, and I work with talented graphic artists, business analysts, product managers and techies. They're the ones who actually build stuff based on my blueprints (officially called wireframes). You can check out Transitions in the public-access Rhode Island version if you're curious.
By this fall, I will have been with the company for nine years, which is an eternity in the dot-com realm. I work at home mostly, going into the office in Kelowna every week or two for meetings and lunches with work friends. The pay is decent but not spectacular. I sit at a desk with a laptop, and basically live online. Overall, the work has been interesting and the job has facilitated a great lifestyle for us during our transition to parenting.