This particular post may seem like old hat to many of the more experienced IA’s out there, but it’s a thought that I wanted to explore and reflect on. Being in NYC I have much more opportunity to meet with those in my profession and I try to take advantage of every opportunity I can. That being said last night I attended the NYC IA Meetup to see what the group was about and chat with other IAs in the city. What I found to be true was incredibly interesting. There were several individuals there that had been IAs for a while. But there were also a good amount of those that wanted to switch professions from something else to IA or students that were considering the field. What I’m trying to decipher is what made this stand out to me so much. I felt as if my profession was highly soft after and almost the ‘popular’ kid.
I also came to realization that this field is VERY creative and very much an art. It involves a large mix of every talent under the sun. When asked why I thought I was hired by my current employer, I had a list that was very diverse and a mile long, and even I was impressed with the talents needed to be part of a successful creative group in this industry. I say successful because there are so many companies that still have no idea what I do but know they need my talents for something. Last night was definitely one in which I got to reflect on my career and really see how much I love the IA/Interaction Design/UX part of what I do, and how much others want to get in on the action. Has anyone else experienced this realization or these types of thoughts??