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In Praise of Odd Jobs + How They Have Served Me
My mind + body + whatever the situation called for
- Talking to Strangers
- Informal Interview
- Desk Research
- Learning by Doing
In Praise of Odd Jobs
I think I was drawn to Odd Jobs because I didn’t know that Design Research was an option.
When I graduated from undergrad, I remember thinking, “I’d like to become a designer sometime in the future, but for now, I want to know more about what people are like.” At the time, I had no real conception of design research as a professional discipline, but I now realize that has been my impulse all along.
I am a generally interested person, and I can learn something from almost any situation.
I move through the world striking up a lot of conversations, meeting a lot of people, and telling a fair number of them to, “Let me know if they need help with anything….” As a result, I have worked a wide variety of jobs and had a wide variety of experiences.
I have been feeling the desire to develop rigor and expertise.
I think I wandered because I was in search of a profession that would allow me to continue to feed my curiosity. I have finally found the world of UX and design research, and I feel I can finally begin to plant some roots and develop my craft as a designer and researcher.