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Thoughts on career


When we were young, we would buy all the girly teen magazines and take personality quizzes with more seriousness than end of year exams. I’m not sure the psychology behind taking online quizzes (as an adult) but it’s a little bit of fun.

I saw this career quiz posted on a designer friend’s Facebook page. Going by the comments under his post, I thought I would get designer for sure. For sure! I mean, what have I been doing for the past 10++ years?

You’re extremely creative, profoundly imaginative, and an original thinker. You see something in your head, and your brain has a way of figuring out how it should come into existence. You see something in the world, and you already know how to improve it tenfold. You have the power to affect people’s emotions and the ability to truly change how people perceive things.

I’ve always considered myself lucky because I knew I wanted. I was 15 when I realised I wanted a career in design. I’m 30 now, meaning I have been on this path for half my life. Through my teenage years, I did some work shadowing and experience in graphic design, took design and art subjects at school which this led to a full scholarship and acceptance to the design programme at AUT. Since graduating I have been working full time in print and freelancing on the side ever since.

I’m a designer.


Well, I didn’t get designer in the quiz.

I got chef.

You’re naturally creative, imaginative, and you can instantly come up with new ideas in your head. More than anything you want to create something beautiful and enjoyable that will satisfy and make people happy. You have an uncanny ability to make masterpieces out of sheer nothingness.

To be fair, the descriptions are similar and could even be interchangeable. A designer also has to make their client happy and a chef also can affect people’s emotions. I guess that is why there are so many foodie designers? While I love cooking and food, I don’t think I’m about to retrain as a chef.

I know this is just a silly quiz but it got me thinking. I’m not sure exactly what I want but I think it’s a step closer to food, while not taking my foot off graphic design either. I love design. I love food. Can’t I do both? Universe do you hear me? Can you send something my way?

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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


  1. Brynne says

    There’s an NPR show (do you have that in Australia?) called Two Guys on Your Head – they talked about these kinds of quizzes in one of their shows. Anyway, I have fun with them. I got “writer” but suspect choosing to “tell a story with words” forced that answer. Back to my non-writer job now.

    • I’m sure a few of the answers would have forced one way or the other. Some I could easily picked one or the other. I follow NPR music here in NZ but haven’t hard the Two Guys show.

  2. I loved this. We know you’re not a one trick pony so thank god the quiz knows too. I’m thrilled you got chef
    because professional eater probably isn’t on there. Off to do it now just in case it is.

  3. I got designer, which I wanted to be when I left school and even applied for multiple graphic designer courses but missed out on a place. Working in sales now but I still feel the burn for being creative every day 🙂

  4. I took this quiz, I got writer for my result. But, I am not sure what I want to be when I grow up but being a writer does sound like fun, you get to make your own schedule but it like acting, or teaching is not exactly an easy field to get into.

  5. I got the chef as well. I think these things are bogus but if I get onto one I get addicted doing online personality quizzes.. why! Why! Anyway, this was fun. Genie, what about.. food stylist? Play with your food and make it look pretty too! Your pictures are gorgeous and you always know what to show in your photos to make the viewer feel like they can taste it right through their screen. Something not everyone is capable of doing…

  6. I’m actually training to be a psych therapist, but I got Writer. Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved writing stories! I still wish to publish a novel someday… but that’s not to say I don’t love Psychology. I do, but sometimes I wonder how life would have turned out if I chose the more artsy and creative career pathway. oh life! 🙂

  7. urbanfoodlover says

    Well I got writer and it ain’t a writer in my current career ..but strangely I feel so good when I write on my blog that someday will make it full time – it feels so fulfilling and interesting to me 😃

  8. I won’t lie; I did it twice! There were a few answers I couldn’t decide between. I got chef first, then therapist. Think I’ll stick with teaching English!

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