I have worked in IT industry since 2006 when I started as a programmer. Today I work as an interaction designer in Trinidad Consulting and I’m also a quest lecturer at IT College. My everyday tasks as an interaction designer include conducting usability testing, prototyping new solutions for interactive technologies, doing user research, evaluating existing websites etc. I really like my job as every project is different you always learn new things.
How would you describe yourself with 5 sentences?
I guess this is more like 5 random things about me…
How did you get involved with technology?
In short this was a lucky accident. After high school I wanted to study either international relations or psychology, but things did not go as I wished, so I ended up studying informatics instead. University was interesting but I didn’t really see my future in IT until I got my first job as a programmer. Getting this job was also a lucky accident, as I was actually looking for a position as an assistant in an IT company “to get my foot in the door” or becoming junior system analysts. After almost 6 months of no luck, I sat in a job interview and said that I’m happy to do anything related to IT with little pay, if they’d just give me a chance.
They hired me as a programmer :).
Life sometimes works in funny ways; not getting what I wanted at the time, resulted in getting a lot more that I hoped for.
What or who inspires you?
What was the last interesting technology event you attended/participated?
It wasn’t exactly an event, but doing my masters’ degree in Human-Computer Interaction in University College London was truly interesting and in many ways life changing experience, which I will always value.
What are the top 5 apps you can’t live without?
I’d probably survive without any :), however alarm clock, Skype, mailbox, calendar and iTunes have proven to be useful.
What is the most exciting part of your work?
I would still do this work, even if I’d win a lottery and would not have to work. I get to learn about so many different things and areas, from how people work in public offices to how to buy a tractor or choose an electricity provider. I have also met so many interesting and inspiring people through my work. Therefore it’s hard to say what is most interesting – everything is.