Designs for a designer?
June 26, 2012 6:26 AM Subscribe
Suggest me a rewarding and inspiring career side-step.
I desperately need to find a new job, but the obvious ones directly on my career path are just not working for me.
I'm looking for a more creative/design environment which will value my engineering skills and to which I can bring my unusual innovative experience.
posted by BadMiker to Work & Money (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I retrained as a mechanical engineer fairly late and since leaving university have had a very interesting and professionally rewarding career developing wave power. That was been great; I've been able to play a key role in a small company, very committed, very inspirational, balancing creativity and engineering discipline. It's given me a very thorough mechanical background; concept to commissioning, cradle to grave design.
Since then I've been drifting around the local engineering industry, getting a feel for what's happening and how I fit in. Unfortunately I dont really think I do. I'm too unconventional for most established engineering firms, and too broadly experienced for most tightly defined roles.
Squeezing myself into a role or a company which doesn't suit just isn't going to work. I'd far rather try something completely different.
Engineering has never completely fulfilled my design/creative skills (I used to be a semi-pro graphic designer), so please suggest some areas which I could explore. Where are mechanical designers with creative flair needed? Hands on would be great.
Please help me out here; all I can think of is set design but there's got to be more innovative, creative, design than that. Coding? Logistics for festivals? Jewellery?!