What is it about the design career that has people job hopping as much as we do? Is it the volatile and risky side of working in a field like innovation?
In January, I had an amazing opportunity to go and work with IDEO. For those of you who don’t know who they are – they are one of the top dogs in the design and innovation industry. And let me tell you – was VERY eye opening for a LOT of reasons.
I thought i’d be intimidated. That they’d have some insights into some new processes or new way of thinking about design, strategy and innovation that I didn’t know or understand.
I was wrong. I ended up teaching THEM a few things. What a shock!
But it led me to thinking about my career. Where I’ve been and where i’d like to go with it. Having owned and run a design studio for 6 years, then working as a creative director for an ad agency, working at Microsoft Research on projects that wouldn’t hit the shelves for 4-5 years, working here at T-Mobile on devices and anything involving NUI. I’ve done a lot. My favorite thing tho – is design strategy. Working at the forefront of technology, designing new innovative tech that pushes boundaries. Even have a few patents under my belt now. Been managing an amazing team of folks for quite some time. Leading doesn’t intimidate me. Nor do the corporate politics.
Once I figured that out – wasn’t hard to figure out that perhaps it’s time to put all my focus into doing that. I’m interviewing. Have a few places that are trying to recruit me and frankly, i’m excited to see where both of them go. One is overseas. Yep – you heard me right. Working internationally! Would be a BIG decision – but so far – the job and the offer is something i’d be stupid to turn down.
The second one – is back at MS. Would be a GIANT step up from where I was when I left. A little intimidated by that – but excited all the same.
Where I go from here? Not sure yet – have a few things to weigh and figure out – but either way – in for a really exciting ride!!