Pursuing design in an engineering world

Being an Industrial Designer is tough, because no one out there takes you seriously enough. Engineers seem to think you are just an artist, while artists tend to drift towards the perspective that you are just a mediocre artist. Trying to land that dream job? Think again.

In my time at Tech, I have developed and acquired various skill sets and experiences. I have learned that it does not matter what the engineering majors think of you, because at the end of the day you have to suck it up and work together before they realize how much you are actually worth. And the artist’s opinions do not really matter either because you are probably going to end up making more money than them anyway.

The thing that no one can really prepare you for, however, is that after all of the time and effort expended at this school, it is nearly impossible to land your dream job right out of college.

You may start scrolling through pages on LinkedIn or Glassdoor early on, trying to see what options are out there for you. However you will quickly learn that when you search “industrial design jobs,” nothing pops up and you will have to figure it out on your own.

Industrial design is such a cool major, in my opinion, because of how diverse it is. There are essentially limitless options for what we can do with our skills: graphic design, interior design, product design, packaging design, healthcare… the list goes on and on.

Although I choose to look optimistically at the broadness of this field, the realization of the downside does come heavily: when you are trying to search for that entry level position  in your field after you graduate, you have to know what you want to do with your life. Pretty scary, right?

There is only so much a project in a studio course or that internship you happened upon last summer can help you figure out about your passion.

You can wander around the career fair aimlessly, looking for information or a cool company that you think you would like to work…

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