In October 2015, I handed in my resignation at Apple. I was heartbroken about leaving a job that I loved. But I knew I wanted to move back to New Zealand. I wrote about my state of mind at the time, “What’s Next?” I was scared of the unknown. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I didn’t want to disappoint.
For the next few months I kept getting the same question. Over and over again. “So, what are you going to do now?” My answer was always the same, “I don’t know. I need to figure that out.”
I finally know what I’m doing next. I’ve spoken to many different companies1, big and small, about various roles. I explained what I did at Apple and how much I loved it. How I wanted to keep doing that. I started writing about how designer and developer teams could work together more effectively and how the tools we make need to be deeply connected with our design process. I discovered that I cared a lot about these things.
Everytime I talked about what I did at this job I loved, my pitch became smoother. My understanding of what I did developed. And I started to understand what I loved about that job and what I wanted to do next.
Next, I’m going to be the Director of User Experience at Vend.
I start on the 7th of March. And I’m 🎉.
New Zealand is filled with great companies, doing great work. I loved being able to speak to companies across the spectrum so I could learn exactly what it was that I wanted to do. It turns out that the problems I am excited about solving right now exist mainly in larger companies with many product teams. ↩