My UX career developed out of a shear desire and ambition for continual learning and networking.
Over the course of my childhood, I've always been a tinkering maniac with a desire to be a animatronics designer (designing robotic toys and animals - think The Little Shop of Horrors Plant). Competing in science projects (Battlebots) in high school and pursuing Mechanical Engineering in college; it was a destined thing for me to problem solve.
After landing a research and design gig in engineering, I began designing mechanical hand tools for communications companies and wanted to improve the ergonomics of consumer products. I would sketch tons of product designs and concepts everyday during my lunch break and would leave some in random conference rooms. After a meeting with a large company that constructed casino slot machines, the head of the engineering department viewed some of my drawings and offered me a position to join the design group. I gladly accepted thinking:
the opp to design for people's interactions and gamification would be an awesome gig
During years of work and awards at the company, I consistently tried to bridge the gap between the design of consumer products and digital products and stumbled across the user experience field. In doing so, I began a deep dive in self learning - reading, consuming and immersing myself into absolutely everything related to the field. My wife and I had our son and the company was working me like a mad man, I fell ill and felt family was worth more. I then resigned and began networking in the tech company.
After a few appearances in conferences and meetups, I became friends with people who wanted to create a startup. They hired me on as the UX designer and shared my work/expertise with others. As we concluded that project, word spread and I began receiving calls for work. - I never looked back and will continue my journey of connecting the best experience between consumer and digital products.
So...hello and thanks to you all for being a part of the wonderful field of User Experience.