I've always been interested in a little bit of everything. I grew up as a first-generation Asian, where my career options were presented to me in a way where I felt like I was making my own decision. Healthcare was huge for me; it was stable, clean, not too stressful, made a lot of money and if I was smart enough, I could do it.
As a result, I gravitated towards physical therapy towards the end of my degree. I did not get into Physical therapy school and decided to take a 5th year to up my grades. I didn't get in again. I then took one semester into a 6th year, and this time I applied to one Occupational therapy school just in case. I was feeling really hopeless.
As I realized my odds of getting into grad school were looking slim, I decided to look into what else I could do. I was always fascinated by human behaviour, especially in my health behaviour classes and I discovered UX research and design. But I had no skills! So I started applying to any healthtech company so I could leverage some skills.
I got an internship at a healthtech company and progressed from Customer Service - > Account Management -> Product Management over the past 3 years. I got burnt out and left. I loved who I became in the process; much more confident in myself, my skills and my belief that all I needed was someone to believe in me, and I could push myself to learn and grow in the best ways possible.
I also realized along the way that I was driven by helping people. I loved to be able to talk to users at the end of the day to see how we could help them more. I loved mentoring younger co-op students. I never developed a muscle or affinity for numbers, statistics and abstract numerical success. I know that this is what makes me a weak product manager.
Along the way, I implemented my own UX Research strategies but in hindsight I wish I did more for UX and tried to incorporate it into my role.
I took a big break between work and now.
Now, I received an offer for Occupational Therapy, but I also have finally received offers for the UX roles I was applying to when I was in product. I'm drawn to OT for the possibility of working with others, and helping people find their true potential. I'm drawn to UX because of I love the idea of being able to analyze problems and solve them.
I gave myself too many options and now I am so confused.
Has anyone been in a position where they've had to make a decision on what to do in their life? I feel all over the place, even in this description.