I was inspired by prazz'z blog describing her typical day in the office, so I thought I'd share another perspective. I'm a Communications Specialist for the X PRIZE Foundation, so my typical day includes a huge amount of two things: reading and writing. Obviously reading and writing e-mails is a large part of it (does anyone's job anymore not include a lot of e-mailing?), but I also have a lot of other things to read and write. BEcause I work across so many different areas (energy, exploration, life sciences, global development), I have to keep up on news from all of them, so I know what the trends are in the media. I also read a lot about social networking, and how to make the most of it in a business scenario.
If you have been to our website, you'll notice a scrolling newsfeed on the right side of the page. I also read all of those articles (and more) and pick which ones go in that feed. Though I must admit I've been a bit lax in that area lately. Maybe I'll go read them all when I finish writing this.
Then, I spend a lot of time writing; either blogs like this, twitter posts, or more formal things like press releases, pitch letters, or web content.
As most of you know, the X PRIZE Foundation also does a far number of events, and as a member of the Communications team, I help to plan and organize those. This is actually one of my favorite parts of the job. I really enjoy the attention to detail that's required to plan something like the Progressive Autmotive X PRIZE announcement at the New York Auto Show last March. Also, typically I get to go to these events to help coordinate with the press, which is always fun. I love to travel.
Then of course there's the day to day things: answering questions, organizing files, getting water, editing documents.
All in all it's a great place to work.
Here's a picture of my desk, because I know how interesting that will be for people:
Oh, and I can't forget the most important part of my job: taking pictures of the awesome socks my co-workers wear.