"Sometimes it’s gigs, and helping out, and side projects, and consulting and… we have no idea how to talk about this. Try to describe that path on your LinkedIn profile — good luck. Try to tell someone what you do without endless “ands” — good luck. So maybe careers look like this poor guy (an amalgam of a few people I know):
Ultimately, our professional story should be about the skills and experiences we accumulate that matter to us, not about the titles we held. The jobs, the organizations, are all just shorthand for what’s important — what we know, what we can do, who we know (and who knows us), and what we believe.
Sure, many people happen to have a full-time job that is their focus — I do, now, and it happens to be great. But that is only one form, not the norm.
This is particularly relevant for entrepreneurs, because new ventures seldom unfold in a predictable “ready for LinkedIn update” way. Sometimes they are side projects that gradually become more (Github). Sometimes they are full-time unpaid obsessions of a founder’s for a long time, with no corporation to show for it…”