I took a bit of a long, meandering, and somewhat non-traditional journey to become a UX designer. After I graduated college, I dreamed of being either a lawyer (I know, I know) or a reporter but I wasn’t sold on either. I probably was an alright debater and I was a decent writer, but I knew what I was really great at — and I was great at parties.
So, I followed the path in which I knew I could both succeed and have some fun, and settled into the world of catering and event planning. Granted, my college costume parties where any costume-free party poopers were required to don a little one-size-fits-all number dubbed the “muumuu of shame” were a little different than corporate cocktail parties for 200 people wearing suits and name tags where red wine, not jagerbombs, was the drink of choice.
These parties were less about making sure people didn’t steal your roommate’s DVDs or set any lawn chairs on fire, and more about making sure you estimated correct staffing requirements so food would be served quickly, or once, how to create a historically accurate yet delicious Civil War-era menu (the two are basically mutually exclusive) that could easily be served to 200 people on a muggy July day outside a historic home while cooking under a tent. College parties were easy. This was hard.