Wk 15 – Art Experience – Design Thinking applied to Life

For this week’s art experience, I had the chance to figure out a way to design my own life. To attempt to try to make my own life I started with my 3 possible Future Me’s. For my first possible future me, specifically the thing I currently think I’ll be doing with my future would be becoming a teacher. For me to become a teacher I would not necessarily have to go to graduate school to have that career. After graduating with a BA in psychology, I could actually obtain a teaching credential which would require me to take classes to prepare me to become a teacher, as well as gain teaching experience. This could include having me be a student teacher so that I can obtain the experience I need to obtain my teaching credential. After becoming a teacher I imagine that my future would honestly include being creative to be able to teach my students concepts in unique ways, and that would include having good students and bad students. Although it would be fun having this career, and my life would be stable to some degree, I feel like my life would include a lot of stress. I say this because teachers don’t get paid a lot for what they are doing, and I would have to meet a lot of deadlines for my students as well. But I think my life would be overall content.

My second possible future for myself in terms of a career if for some reason there wasn’t a lot of teacher positions available or there isn’t enough money to pay teachers, I would probably be working in human resources. To achieve this life I would probably have to go back to school of a few years if I really wanted to secure a job in human resources specifically. If I didn’t want to go back to school then with my BA in psychology, I would probably take internships in company where I could be a human resources intern so that I could gain experience. And with that experience I could achieve the goal of being a human resources manager. In terms of my life in this future, I think it would be very financially secure, and I would be pretty stable in life. Besides the fact that I would be working with many people about problems at work, I think that it would be interesting because I would be applying my people skills and what I learned in psychology. I think I would enjoy the job, and enjoy knowing that I would be content and happy in my life.

And for my third possible future for myself, if I really was financially secure, and I could really do what I want. I would probably want a to have a career of being an artist and selling my work. Art has always been one of those hobbies of mine whether it be drawing or painting sculptures. I like to design ideas and then painting them on sculptures. I used to do it in high school and I actually sold one to a friend of mine, knowing I probably could have continued doing it considering a lot of my friends liked what I did. In order to achieve this career, it wouldn’t be too difficult. Personally I would probably try taking classes in drawing and in sculpture. I would want to learn to make my own sculptures so that I could create molds, and paint all these sculptures with my designs, and then sell them. My life in this future would be so fun and awesome honestly. I would be doing what I love to do and not feel urgent or rushed to do it. The reason for that would be I would financially secure, so I wouldn’t necessarily see the fun of making art deteriorate because it’s not necessarily needed. I’m ultimately doing it for extra cash and showing my capabilities.


In terms of my scale evaluations for my career as a teacher,  I feel that in terms of confidence in actually achieving the career is high. And I think that in terms of my own confidence of the career I think it is pretty high as well. In terms of the resources to become a teacher I think that I would have a lot of resources to my disposal because my mom and I are actually close friends with elementary school teachers which would the type of teacher I would want to be. In terms of impact I think it would be impactful for not only me, but to others. I would feel like I’m growing each day helping students, and I would feel I would be having an impact on my students as well helping them learn. In terms of satisfaction, I think I would be satisfied with what I’m doing with my life which is helping others, but I feel I would not be satisfied with the amount of stress and how much money I would be making.

In terms of my scale evaluations for my career as a HR manager, I feel that I would be confident in becoming an HR manager because I have already started off by having a degree in psychology which can help me to my path in this career. I would just have to have the confidence to wanting to continue to study. In terms of the resources, once again I think I already have the resource of at least having a degree in a related field. I also feel that there are a lot of resources for me to actually find an internship at a company for human resources. In terms of the impact, I think the career would have a big impact on me knowing I could accomplish it, but I do realize that work will take a heavy impact on me in terms of actually working with people and their problems on a constant basis. In terms of satisfaction, I think that I would be satisfied with the process of achieving this career, and I would also enjoy the job which can help others, as well as receive good pay.

In terms of my scale evaluations for my last career as an artist. I feel that my confidence in being an artist who sells their work is pretty high considering I have had these ideas for a while and have tried to sell them. And I feel confident that I would be able to continue making art to sell for my career. In terms of resources, I think I would be high on that rating scale because of the way I know I can easily search out for art classes and people who can teach me how to get better. In terms of impact I feel like it would have a big impact on myself because I know that I love doing art and being able to do it for work with the addition of being financially stable is great. In terms of satisfaction, I think I would be highly satisfied once again because I would be doing a job that relates back to one of my passions.

In terms of the Rapid prototype part of the process, I was only able to do one interview with one person who has one of the careers I wanted and that was elementary school teacher. I briefly talked to my 1st grade teacher who knows my mom for many years, and lives not too far with me and asked her about how her life was as being an elementary school teacher. She told me that it was actually very fulfilling because she was able to make an impact on the lives of children. She had me as a student so for her to see students like me grow up and come back to see her really makes an impact on her in what she does. She said this part of the job is pretty fulfilling, but that the district is a bit tough on the teachers to fulfill certain deadlines and keep everyone at a certain speed, while some students may fall behind. She basically stated that overall her life and career was great considering she has been a teacher for years and gets paid well, but she doesn’t like seeing some of her students struggle due to forces and rules of the district.

The other part of the process was to make a LinkedIn account which was pretty easy to do, and I wish I would have done it before. It was an interesting experience because I never really knew what the website was for, I thought it was just a job search website, but it wasn’t. I just started so I haven’t really made any connections, but I did search elementary school teacher and found some people who I haven’t inmailed yet, but plan too. I also looked for human resources and found many hits of people who work in human resources at various companies. Now in terms of the practice part of the rapid prototype process, I actually went one morning to sit in to my elementary school teachers classroom, and helped her out with the students and watched her teach the class.

Overall, I concluded that after going through this entire process I realized that I would honestly wish I had the opportunity of being an artist and not have to worry about the financial necessities I would have to meet. Although at the moment I do not see that happening because of my student loans soon to come, I know that I might actually be interested in both a elementary school teacher job or a human resources job. Although I seem to lean toward the human resources because of the way that being a teacher comes with a lot of extra baggage, even though it seems very beneficial in the end because I would be helping people which is one of my goals in terms of careers.


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