I bet someone's gonna say 'lawyer,' aren't they?
July 14, 2010 9:17 AM Subscribe
I have discovered a passion
for collaborative, research-intensive projects which involve a lot of creative problem-solving and some sort of concrete product at the end. What jobs and/or hobbies should I look at?
posted by showbiz_liz to Work & Money (9 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I read grumblebee’s comment and tried to figure out what all my favorite classes and club projects have had in common. I’ve been an “artisan” for a small campus theater company, assisting the props, costume and makeup people with the most difficult-to-make items. I’ve also done several school group projects in marketing, advertising, and market research. Eventually I realized that they all had several common threads:
All involved a problem which had to be solved, using both research and creativity. We had to collect tons of disparate information and ideas, but never take our eyes off the goal.
All had major constraints to work within, in terms of budget or client demands… which I was surprised to find I loved.
In all of them, I was part of a team of skilled workers, all with autonomy and responsibility- but I wasn’t the boss, and I wasn’t working alone.
All went through cycles of planning, execution, planning, execution- and finally paid off with a well-developed and elegant product which people were able to use. (Like an ad campaign, a market research report, a media plan… or a wearable donkey head.) The feeling of having gone through months and months of brain-straining work, all culminating in a powerpoint presentation or a few moments of a play, and suddenly it’s all worth it… awesome.
Now, I have a couple of potential career paths in mind, and I plan to stick with theater tech as a hobby… but I’m sure there are lots of jobs and hobbies which fit these criteria, but which I’ve never heard of or considered seriously. So, hit me. What other activities are like this?