i have a ba in biology and art (painting/photography). throughout college and after graduating, i worked at labs in some pretty well-known medical institutions. i thought about getting a graduate degree in my field or going on to medical school, but a series of life experiences led me to industrial design. i got really excited about designing medical/lab equipment and issues of sustainability. i applied to an id program that was my top choice, got in, but then was overwhelmed by the huge amount of debt that i would incur over the course of 4 years. plus, i really had no idea how i would begin to be able to pay for my books, materials, and living expenses, even if i did work. when i met with a representative for the school of design, she even asked me why i would want to put myself through such stress and debt, which really killed the last bit of hope i still had that i could make things work.
i declined the offer to attend and decided to try to see if i could get any type of work in at a design firm. i interviewed at a couple of places, but nothing much happened.
i thought i would work at a college/university, so that i could take classes and am currently working at a liberal arts college in western mass. i think i would mainly end up taking engineering classes, since there aren’t many product design classes. mass art in boston is a couple hours away and i thought i might possibly be able to take classes there at some point.
i’m just getting frustrated because i’ve been interested in id for 2-3years now, but i can’t seem to get on track.
it’s particularly frustrating because on the one hand i don’t have any product design experience, but on the other i have a significant amount of relevant science experience to apply to product design. i’m not quite at square 1, and i wish that i could leverage myself as a strong candidate for a design research job at an id firm. i’ve tried applying to these types of positions by researching the firms, the background of the staff members, the products they design, etc. still no bites. i feel like i keep trying to approach my goal from different angles, but keep ending up with little to show for it. any ideas? i’m not claiming to have gone about everything the right way, but i feel i’ve put in some time and thought.