The Designer

Chimpanzees are great at problem solving with others

I like to solve problems, and if there isn’t one, I’ll create one. I am curious and love to construct things if you wanted the tallest and strongest tower made of spaghetti and marshmallows, ask me, I love a challenge! I like to understand the theories that sit behind the design and creativity of things and how they are made. When I think about my skills and the type of work I’d like to get in to, it would definitely be something that blends maths, science and engineering and art.

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Your strengths

We all have our own set of strengths. We’ve put together a list of with which we're sure you'll identify. Check them out below:

Construction

You like to apply math and science into the world of creating and constructing!

Creativity

You have a good eye for design; in fact, you were pretty much created to create!

Mathematics

Numbers and equations is your second language. When creating the perfect structure, numbers matter!

Problem solving

Someone throws you a problem and you can solve it! You enjoy considering complex problems and using your skills to solve it

Science

Great science is your kind of art! You’re fascinated by how things work and always turn to science for an explanation of why and how

Things that you can improve on

If only we could be good at everything! Here are a few areas where you could improve:

  • Things that require skills in anything construction - think tradie!
  • Roles that require a high level of human interaction but for the benefit of selling a product or service rather than helping an individual
  • Tasks that purely focus on the use of technology
  • Focusing on information and processes in professional services - think business or education settings
  • Repetition and administrative tasks

Don’t feel bad about the points above, you can always improve on this!

So, what do you look for in a role?

Roles that will suit you best will include these elements:

  • Using your skills or knowledge in science and/or math
  • Designing products or buildings
  • Able to apply maths and theory to solve problems
  • Roles requiring your technical expertise – you smart cookie!
  • Work that challenges you so that you can grow!
  • Technical computer work
  • Work that is often project based

Kick-starting your career

Don’t know where to start? Check out these entry-level career paths you can start today!

  • CSIRO offer student and graduate opportunities. Get in touch with them to gain first-hand experience in scientific research
  • If Architecture is more your thing, speak to some companies about spending a week with them and get a feel for working in that kind of space
  • Gain some experience in a web design or photography company by signing up to an internship or work experience

The Designers list of ideal careers

Wondering where you could end up? Explore the list below and map out your future career options!

Find out more careers suited to the ‘designer’ you are!
  • Accountants
  • Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians
  • Agricultural and Forestry Scientists
  • Agricultural Technicians
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
  • Architects and Landscape Architects
  • Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians
  • Bakers and Pastrycooks
  • Bank Workers
  • Cabinetmakers
  • Cartographers and Surveyors
  • Chefs
  • Chemist
  • Civil Engineering Professionals
  • Credit and Loans Officers
  • Debt Collectors
  • Economists
  • Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Engineering Production Systems Workers
  • Engineers (Chemical and Material)
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers
  • Fast Food Cooks
  • Finance Managers
  • Financial Brokers
  • Financial Dealers
  • Financial Investment Advisers and Managers
  • Florists
  • Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators
  • Hairdressers
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • Insurance Agents
  • Insurance Investigators and Loss Adjusters
  • Insurance Money Market Statistical Clerks
  • Interior Designers
  • Jewellers
  • Land Economists and Valuers
  • Life Scientists
  • Make up Artist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons, Technicians
  • Medical Scientist
  • Mining Engineers
  • Mining Manager
  • Performing Arts Technicians
  • Photographers
  • Photographic Developers and Printers
  • Science Technicians
  • Signwriters
  • Taxation Specialist
  • Upholsterer
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  • Visual Merchandisers

Nail your interview with these questions

Got a job interview lined up? Check out the questions below and ask some during the interview:

  • How are decisions more likely to be made, using science and logic or people and emotions?
  • How much time would I spend creating things compared with helping people solve personal challenges?
  • How would I get the opportunity to use maths and science in the way I work?