Sometimes, opportunities throw open the door, turn over the furniture and still manage to get you to come running after them.
I left my full time job at a Think Tank to come work for a start up in possibly the most chaotic field possible. We are working on technical and data support products for the Ebola crisis in West Africa. I am spending my days simultaneously figuring out how to build a business, work through organizational steps, networking, learning everything I can about Ebola, technology for contact tracing, medical procedures for an epidemic, public health, information mapping… and just about everything else you could imagine. And I love it.
It’s been a juggling act to get through the homework for my UX design course, learn this job and produce good work on the job, figure out when/how I would like to return to school, talk to mentors, attend all the lectures and things I enjoy going to… and have friends… but I like it. I’m also trying to get through the final rounds of edits for my TEDxMunich talk this fall. But this is where I am supposed to be right now.
I hope to be able to share more success stories from this end soon, but just wanted to leave a brief update for now.