Coming from where I’m from
It’s been almost a month since I began my new job in NYC. Needless to say that I love what I’m doing because I’m an IA who now focuses on food and how to communicate to users how to eat healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Probably the one thing that I keep mulling over in my head is how similar this job is, in certain ways, to my last. This is the first time that I’ve changed companies and maintained the same type of role so I must admit that the transition is an interesting one for me.
When I moved to San Antonio, I was a web developer (a poor one at that!) and basically fell into the user experience realm. My first few months at work were hard on me because I felt inadequate at my job, being that I really had no idea what user experience was at first.
This move however is completely different. I have a very good idea of my role and my responsibilities. I’m able to pick up on things quickly and actually contribute somewhat right off that bat. As dissatisfied as I found myself at times at my old company, I must say that I learned SO MUCH about information architecture and interaction design and that education allowed me to come here and open myself instantly to further learning. The only part that is extremely challenging and sometimes frustrating is that I’m starting over as the low woman on the totem pole. Some may think this a negative venture, but it enables me to learn the basics about the company and the user base without having to worry about a million other things. The down side is that I’m use to worrying about and being responsible for a million different things! All that said, I’m so excited to be in NYC and so grateful for my background and experience. Stay tuned to see where it leads me!