My Career Path

My Career Path

December 3, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


My career path took a few twists and turns
before I figured out exactly what I wanted to do. When I first started college, I thought I
wanted to be a chemist. I quickly discovered that while I found the topic of chemistry
fascinating, I felt that lab work was tedious and frustrating. My professors recognized that I have a knack
for explaining things, and suggested that I become a professor myself. I’ve always enjoyed teaching so I entered
the chemistry PhD program to pursue my new dream. In my second year I had the chance
to teach a course at my alma mater, and I discovered that the formal setting of academia
just wasn’t for me. The decision to leave graduate school was
a tough one, and afterward I found myself more in the woods than on any sort of career
path. I took a job at a healthcare IT company in
quality assurance. I not only tested complex software, but I also coordinated large projects
across teams, organized the quality assurance division meetings, developed and taught several
classes, and designed creative new interfaces for my team’s software. It seemed like my favorite projects continuously
led back to design and helped me realize that I could be a design-er. In my position as a software tester I learned
about user experience design and that’s when my new career path really became clear. I love the careful deliberate work of crafting
not just what someone sees, but what they think and feel while interacting with a design.
The fact that I can engineer a little happiness for others is just inspiring. And UX design is all encompassing, whether
you’re looking at a card or poster, surfing a website, using an app, or watching a video
or live presentation. I’m Teresa Beary, and if you like what I’ve
had to say I’m interested in working with you. See more of my portfolio at tmjbeary.com.