At the moment I’m working as an industrial designer at an I.D. company, mainly specialised in nursery/baby products. I’m new at the job, only been working there for one week now. Prior to this, I worked at a small I.D. company for half a year, and half a year as a researcher at my former uni, after graduating. In my current job, I will do typical stuff you would expect such as CAD, sketching (not too much though…), work with our styling department, and I will also be able to visit our China factory (in due time) to monitor and follow up with production.
However, I also got an offer from Philips, as a user interaction specialist. This will involve working with ease of use controls for several lighting products. Also, prototyping, testing/evaluating with people, and working with Philips Design, marketing, sourcing, etc. will be part of the job. All things I love to do.
This presents me with a luxury problem, I’m aware of that. I can learn a lot from both, especially since I graduated about 1,5 year ago. I guess what I’m worrying about most is if I will make the “right” choice in respect to my future career options. You can’t really compare the two jobs, but somehow I have to make a decision. As I see it, the job at Philips is pretty specialised compared to the I.D. job. My worries is that if I would go for Philips that, for whatever reason I would decide to leave them after some years (I might move abroad with my girlfriend), it will be hard for me to find a similar job, or maybe even to get back to the typical I.D. work. Staying in my current I.D. job and moving on from there to other disciplines (like UI) seems more feasible to me for some reason. At least I would have better chances of finding similar work. Still have some days to think it all over…
Basically, I’m still very much in doubt what to do. Not so much over the jobs itself, but more in terms of career development, like mentioned above. I’m basically looking for some advise from you guys. You probably have some arguments that I haven’t thought of yet. I would very much appreciate all your comments or thoughts you might have. Thanks for sharing!