Day#327: Goodbye to 2019!

Day#327: Goodbye to 2019!

Hey Researchers and Designers today I wanted to just take a moment to reflect on 2019, it has been a year of so much change. I started the year working at a company I was so comfortable at, but needed to have a chance to advance my career I then moved to a Startup which was a terrible decision, but maybe if it didn’t go as bad as it did there then I wouldn’t have decided to make the change back to Johannesburg. My husband and I had stayed in Cape Town for just shy of two years, and of that two years we were moderately unhappy with the city for the most part. I had always wanted to stay in Cape Town, when i was in college it was the city that was meant for creatives, and I went there expecting a South African version of California so to speak. What I found though was nothing close, it was slightly to blatantly racist in some parts. My husband and I moved with no friends, and it was difficult at first, but I suppose as introverts not as difficult because we generally did like staying in. 

It was interesting while I was at the Start up I was starting to think of our apartment we had rented out here in Johannesburg, and missed normal everyday things from Johannesburg. I actually don’t think we will be staying here for the rest of our lives, this feels like the last stop for me before we move overseas. I have always wanted to stay in another country and we are slowly considering this more and more. The South African political climate is one of turmoil and confusion for me, we have load shedding which is costing companies a lot of money, and issues with our currency and of course job opportunities. I often look at areas like London and New York and am so surprised by the sheer amount of roles out there in those areas. I think it would also be great to be around like minded people who are pushing their limits and sometimes I feel that South Africans don’t push the limits and have the same level of curiosity that is needed. It’s obviously not to say that the example areas I mentioned above only have those types of people, it’s just that I don’t see many of them here. For example I have seen Meetup events so crowded and busy with book reviews in the UX context and other Research related topics, where as here in South Africa the social Meetups tend to be busier. I once went to Remote Research book review Meetup and there were 5 people including my husband and myself. And only two people who had actually read the book cover to cover the organiser and myself. You can check out my post for it here..

All in all 2019 has been a year of change, and I am so glad for it. I am working at a wonderful company now and getting to work on so many interesting and diverse projects. My work feels more impactful and specialized than the work that I did at the Start Up. If you are reading this I wish you a wonderful 2020 and that you work hard and achieve all your professional goals for 2020. Happy researching until next time

Bye for now

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