If one’s lucky, there is a point in life where everything comes together and starts making sense. I am one such lucky person. Having just completed my Master’s degree at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, I feel as though the dots are being connected and the different chapters of my life finally being bound.
I’ve always been interested in art and language. I have an undergraduate degree in art history and studied Japanese throughout high school and college. Then I went onto work for a media monitoring company for 7 years gaining a variety of experience in content management, project management, and client services. I enjoyed what I did at each of these stages, despite them being not particularly related.
I am very good at putting myself in others’ shoes. In professional settings, this translates to the ability to anticipate the thoughts, needs, behaviors, and attitudes of the users and clients. Here, the definitions of ‘user’ and ‘client’ are flexible in that I consider anyone I am helping or working with a client or a user. Nothing I do is isolated. By understanding the styles and the nature of the work around what I do, I can ensure the quality of my work and its impact on others’. If my previous experience demanded this in troubleshooting (i.e. post-release/production), my work at UMSI trained me to apply the same skills in research and design (i.e. pre-release/production).
The past two years at UMSI have been about (re)discovering the connection between where I have been and where I am going next. The field of UX and UI excites me because it involves all my interests – art, communication, humanity, and technology. The brickwork is now complete and I am ready to leap forward.