What to expect while making a career jump in your mid-20s.
Since the start of my student life, I have always had an interest in the field of management and accounting due to the tactical value they bring to businesses. That’s how I decided to kickstart my career in the field of business administration. Like so many other students in India, I used to dream of studying at the University of Delhi (one of the best universities in India for a business major) and guess what, I made it. However, after a year of toiling away in the field of management and accounting, I realized that what I was doing was not aligning with where I envisioned myself in the future. The work I was doing was becoming more monotonous, repetitive and free of thoughts and creativity. I knew I needed a change, but I was completely stumped as to what direction to take.
Parallelly, I had invested myself as a designer for DU Beat (the largest student media organization in India). I started off as a graphic designer and left as design head when I graduated. I then went on to do some contemplation exercises to assess my strengths and passion. I asked myself questions like “What opportunities excite me — and how come?” and “What am I good at and can work on for hours without feeling bored and unfulfilled?”. It was then when I realized that I’m most passionate in the area of design. Keeping design as my main focus, I started approaching design professionals via LinkedIn. I also made sure that I work as a visual designer during my summer/winter internships. During all this, I bumped into a professional on LinkedIn who told me about the field of user experience — and that conversation totally changed my life. Fast-forward to November 2018, I’m pursuing my master’s in the field of Information Experience Design at Pratt Institute, New York and I’m totally in love with the field of UX.
Here are five things that helped me in transitioning from a business student to a UX professional.