As you might know from reading a bit about my background, I have a business background that is fairly analytical. While Finance turned out to be the wrong career choice for me, my experience at Asia Society helped me learn something important about myself: I am happiest working when I am using both sides of my brain.
I started Pratt under the assumption that I would eventually seek a role that required both analytical and creative thinking. But after a few classes, the right side of my brain was raring to go after resting for so long. That and being surrounded by incredibly talented designers and artists made me want to see if I too could do well in a purely design role. I now know what the answer is – probably not.
But there is a certain amount of pride I feel to know that I had a strong enough portfolio to have gotten a design internship in the first place, given I had never even used Adobe Illustrator before design school. And in going own the career path, it’s just as important to understand what you don’t want to do as it is to know what you want to do.
I have now worked at both ends of the extreme – finance and design. I think this puts me closer to where I want to be, which is in the middle. Hopefully.