The ultimate jobbliss can be found in doing what you love as a career, but James believes that you can make the most of any job you currently have and find a love for it. Hard work and dedication to your work is his mantra, and he believes firmly in discovering your passion and unraveling that into a profession. Our jobbliss may be our favorite hobby, but with deeper self-discovery, we can discover how to convert what we love into work.
Major: Structural Engineering
1. Can you please tell us a little about where you were recently hired?
-I was recently hired at a company called Solid Professor located in downtown San Diego. I was first introduced to Solid Professor upon meeting two company representatives at the UCSD Winter Job Fair in January of 2014. I then followed up with them and was given the opportunity to interview for a position on the team, which eventually led me to the job I have now! The company is centered in the education industry, and more specifically the company generates e-learning content for CAD (computer-aided design) engineering software. We partner with companies like Solidworks and Autodesk to create highly instructive, focused video tutorials that give viewers a tangible hold on the software they use every day in their careers.
2. If this is not already your dream job, please tell us what your dream job is and how you plan to land your dream job.
-My dream job is a bit far-fetched, but I think that’s half the fun of talking about a “dream job” anyway. My dream job would be to become a head architect at an architectural design firm, designing large-scale structures like skyscrapers and bridges. I have always been fascinated and in awe of creative structures that stand out from the rest, captivating both my creative side of my personality as well as the technical side. Blending the beauty of the arts and the precision of engineering make for a spectacular creation.
3. What inspired you to pursue this career field?
-When choosing my college major at the end of high school I asked myself two questions: 1) “What do I naturally love to do?”, and 2) “Could I do that for the rest of my life and still be happy doing it?” Digging through those questions brought me back to my childhood, when I used to spend hours upon hours digging through my Lego bin finding specific parts I wanted to use to build my unique creations. I loved working with my hands and having the freedom to create to my heart’s content. I additionally loved math in school, and I exceled in my math classes all the way through high school. Combining those loves of mine pointed me to structural engineering and architecture. I wanted to gain a solid foundation in structural engineering as the first step into my career (getting my bachelor’s degree), and then continue my education into architecture. As of now I have completed my bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, and have yet to dive into an architectural program. It could still very well be a step I take!
4. What advice would you give other students who don’t know what their dream job is, or do know what it is, but don’t know how to get there?
- My biggest piece of advice is that every dream job takes a lot of time and patience to get to. I don’t mean that in a cynical way whatsoever, but more in the sense that there is great amount of time to be in the working-world, getting solid career experience and building a professional network. To use a hypothetical scenario, let’s say a student’s greatest motivation is Steve Jobs and the technology revolution he spawned (I actually have a friend who claims this, so I’m sure a number of other students can relate). And let’s say that this student wants to be as revolutionary, impacting, and successful as he was. I would absolutely assure the student that this is possible, but to also paint the picture of how dedicated Steve Jobs was to what he loved and all of the arduous hours he put in year after year after year. Every great feat takes time and dedication, and that dream may not formulate until you’re halfway down the road you didn’t even know you were on. My guess is Steve Jobs would have never been able to predict the level of recognition and success that Apple has now reached, but he saw one opportunity after another and went head first into it.
5. What were some of the best resources that helped you find your “jobbliss” at UC San Diego?
-Utilizing every networking event with professionals that are active in the career field I’m pursuing. Talking to other engineers and hearing their experiences has been the most useful tool in helping formulate what a real job would be like and how I would fit in to that industry. Taking those events a step further, continuing to network with those individuals and become a part of their “circles” will give an exponentially greater potential to be involved in the company they work for or another company in the industry. Networking is everything!
6. What are some things you do every day to maintain your “jobbliss”?
-To be honest, keep a balanced schedule. Working hard is important, but overworking is devastating. I always make sure to “leave my work at work”, eat well, get good rest, and have quality time with friends. What we do outside of our jobs also dictates how we perform and handle ourselves while at our jobs.
7. If you could go back in time, is there anything you would have changed about the way you went about finding your “jobbliss”?
-I would have networked more and made sure I included myself in more opportunities to meet people. You can never do that enough, even if it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a job position.
8. How would you define “jobbliss” from your own personal experience?
-“Jobbliss” to me means making the most of where you are at here and now in any job. It means knowing that the hard work and dedication you put into any job you have, whether its being a barista at a coffee shop or being a VP at a booming finance firm, will always enable you to take another step forward. To use one last analogy, in order to get across a lake you have to use each stepping stone along the way. Each stone you stand on is valuable in and of itself, and it leads you to the next stone to stand on. Skipping one of the stones may cause you to fall into the water. Always appreciate and make the best of the stone you are standing on.