On Friday I had an opportunity to co-work at the Melbourne Hub through a new Meetup I had joined called Jelly. Jelly organises monthly co-working events are various places around Melbourne and the reason I joined was to experience this new co-working space but also meet others who were outside my field of learning and development.
I arrived to the beautiful heritage listed building at 673 Bourke Street and rather than taking the old fashioned elevator up three flights of stairs, I decided to walk up and admire the ironwork of the stair bannister and the stain glassed windows. They don’t make buildings like this anymore…
After signing in and an introduction to the organisers, I settled onto one of the desks and chatted with my fellow colleagues. In front of me was a freelance graphic designer who was designing her own new website and beside me was a programmer who was working on bits of code (it looked like gobbledygook to me)! I spoke with the programmer at length because he gave me some ideas for how to quote and invoice clients using a new app that he was using called ServiceM8. I shared my frustration that this part of my new job was taking too much time and I needed a simpler and easier way to generate proposals and invoices but also have a snapshot of what’s been paid, what’s in progress and what needs to be chased up. The excel spreadsheet was too fiddly for me but at the same time, as I’m just starting out, I didn’t want it to be expensive.
I also had an opportunity to meet Jane Deany who is one of the organisers of the Jelly group. Jane comes from an educational background and has been co-working for a while. She showed me her website www.coworkingiscool.com where she reviews various co-working spaces. If you’re interested in learning more about co-working spaces (especially around Melbourne and surrounds), Jane’s a great person to chat to.
So what did I do during the day?
I had planned to do two main things on the day. The first was to finalise a questionnaire for a client that I was going to use for some on-the-job interviews as part of an analysis phase of a consulting job and the second was to write some scenarios for some training that another client wants developed for their client support staff. I completed both and was satisfied of my progress. However the main win was the new networks into different areas of graphic design and coding!
If you want to read more about my ‘ Third Places’ experiences check out my posts at:
- Where are all the Third Places in the ‘Burbs?
- Docklands Library as My Third Place
- Where’s Your Third Place?
- Where are the Cubicles? Our First Co-Working Event at Third Place
- Are You Looking for Experts? They’re in Third Place
- Our First Meetup with Third Place
- About Third Place