*Posted from my phone so excuse errors. Not that drunk I swear. Heh.*
Slowly over the past couple of,months during my job search I have found myself gravitating more and more towards possible career paths that excite me… more and more. So I'll find one thing that looks really great and then as I'm looking into that I find something else that is even better and slowly through these little steps and bits of prior knowledge of myself and my abilities and interests I'm moving towards ideas for the future that are pretty exciting.
It would be almost impossible to track exactly the path I've taken but most recently I've been pretty passionate for the past few weeks about trying to rev up for a career in market research. It seems great! But then through that somehow, I came back to the idea of human factors. Well, that and a book I got at the library about careers for your personality. I saw a Human Factors job listed a long time ago and laughed at it because the title seemed silly to me.
But now I've come back to it, after being pretty enthusiastic about market research and even some looking into usability testing and UX research and analytics and design.
I like things to matter. I like things to make an impact in a way that I feel is relevant and real and tangible and observable. That's what drew me to market research and UX.
But now… human factors engineering. This is like… taking that to a whole new level. You do the research, you do the collaboration, you get a really sciencey aspect, and the goal is in the end to have this improvement that can help people in so many ways.
It's so inspiring. It's so exciting. There's actually degrees you can get in this. And a career path. So many of the jobs I've been looking into have no super clear career path. Which would be fine but I don't wanna waste any more of my time. I'm ready to throw myself into something that I'm passionate about and I don't wanna be floating around bumping around Willy nilly.
So anyway. I've been on this research and analytics gear for a while but I'm switching gears now I think up to HF engineering.
As I'm reading more and more about this field… I almost can't believe it exists. I mean, I can because it's obviously so applicable and important but I mean I can't because it seems so perfect for me. I'm a systems person. I'm an efficiency person. I'm a safety person. I'm a “how can I improve this” person. And IM GOOD AT IT. I'm good at figuring that stuff out and making things work. I already kind of knew this about myself but if there is anything my current jib has taught me about myself for sure is that I have a real knack for seeing how to get something physical or mechanical done well or better. It seems like stupid little shit sometimes but coworkers have thanked me multiple times for how my input had helped make their lives easier. So I think this is something that not only interests me but also that I think I would be really successful at.