Wallen is Print Architect at Advance Digital Inc. He began his career as a U.S. Navy journalist and served aboard the USS America during the Persian Gulf War. Before starting at Advance Digital last spring, he was a Senior Designer at ESPN The Magazine. Over the years Wallen has lived and worked in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, California, Florida and Connecticut. He hopes to someday write a song about his travels, but is still trying to figure out what rhymes with Pennsylvania.
Ball is Creative Director for Politico Europe, based in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to joining Politico, he led the photography and design staffs as Visuals Editor for the Bay Area News Group in California, traveled the country consulting for Digital First Media and worked as a designer and art director at The Washington Post. Over the course of a 19-year journalism career, he has held editing, reporting, design and management positions in 14 newsrooms spanning 10 states and three countries.
Ball and Wallen have changed jobs a few times in their journalism careers. Okay, if you must know, between the two of them they have held exactly 28 different jobs in journalism. What were they thinking? Here’s your chance to find out. The pair plans to sort through all their hopping in search of lessons that might be helpful as you make your future career choices. How do you know when it’s the right time to change jobs? And how do you assess if an offer is right (or wrong) for you? How many jobs are too many? (Twenty-eight. Twenty-eight is too many jobs to have!) How can you acclimate quickly to a new environment and start making a difference right off the bat? Should you worry about staying in one place too long? Ball and Wallen will tackle all the tough career questions you’ve always wanted to ask a couple of serial job hoppers.
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