5 months ago 🏆 for day 254, 2019 with 367 words.

Where do I go from here?

I'm at a point where I need to figure out what I want to do. I sent out an application during the weekend for a position I was introduced to during a virtual graduate fair. Today I got an email about a Skype discussion with the recruiter I chatted with during the fair.
I don't know if it's something I actually want to do. I mean it sounded interesting, otherwise I wouldn't have applied, but is it what I want the most?

I had a talk with the Senior UX'er I'm being supervised by during lunch. She really wants​ me to continue in the company after my internship ends. I don't know if that's what I really want. The past week has been a great experience, but is that what I want to do for years? I don't think so.
She also mentioned that if I want to continue in academia (the only thing me resume seems to be suited for) I should do that now, maybe with a freelance project in the industry once in a while. That seems like good advice. She said that whatever I chose now (academia or industry) will create a path for my future.

For some reason,​ I lean more towards academia. It's something I have always admired, but I also know how soul-crushing that can be and that it requires a robust self-esteem if you want to survive. I also kind of hated doing my Master's thesis. But at the same time I had a really great time.
If I don't plan to make my own family it makes sense to go into academia. With the traveling and the work. I can see myself writing awesome papers and doing conference talks. Maybe write a chapter for a book someday​.

On the other hand,​ I had my first "assignment" "presentation" today. It went well. The Senior said she was impressed by my findings. Some of it was new to her, some were​​ things she had wanted to look into​ but hadn't had the time. That was a really nice experience!

We'll see what happens. I have this feeling that everything will work out as it's supposed to.


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By Kirstine Granzow Larsen 🏆

I recently got a Master's degree in IT Product Design and I'm currently looking for my first job! ✨

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