So, I'm going to be completely honest and say that the reason I joined this forum was to build a stronger awareness of the UX world. Though I'd been introduced to many of the concepts in my information management program a few years back, I've only experienced things from the academic side and haven't really touched UX from the workaday side.
I currently work as a taxonomist in an adtech company. Though I suppose you can say I'm sort of inhabiting a small portion of an information architect's realm, I don't think the company has a grasp of the work that could/should be done to strengthen efforts to delight users. I yearn for the day when I can help politic for better user research and/or can help work out informed designs.
In any case, I'll likely be a "lurker" here until the time comes that I can kick in my two cents.
Thanks for reading!