KJ Fischer

Interior Designer
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
Interior design! Right now, the firm where I’m working specializes in healthcare design – all things medical. Specifically, I love that I’m working directly with a span of end users who could use a positive effect, and all of the considerations concerning ADA requirements. It’s a really intense game of Tetris.
 
Your current company aside, name another company that you admire and explain why.
Autodesk. Weird, I know, but they have a program where they assist designers and engineers achieve ridiculous feats, real Tony Stark type work. For example, Autodesk helped a small team fabricate a “soccer ball” that you play with for half an hour, and that movement charges it up to be used as electricity for 4 or so hours. AND they specifically gave it to areas in less fortunate countries that really needed it. Smart, sustainable, simple.
 
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
Oh dear Lord, where to begin? Let’s start at the top. If one more higher up tells me I need to “earn my keep” as justification for being underpaid and being expected to stretch myself thin over jobs that have created new expectations thrust upon me that I neither signed up for nor said I was able to uphold, I’m going to lose my bananas.

It’s funny, really; everyone rags on millennials for “expecting the world to be handed to them,” when really a lot of those same individuals are sitting pretty on top of social security and playing god. This may be because I’m in the south, but there is such a lack of communication within the industry, and that causes so many issues. This is yet another example of hiding behind these catchphrases. “I’m the manager, you’re subordinate, you don’t need to know the end goal.” Really? Because the way I see it, this job could have been done so much better if we were all on the same page. So many people have realized that a job goes much better when a team works together, as opposed to the traditional corporate model of everyone being a cog in a machine. Teams work better than individual parts. The only solution I can see is just retraining non-communicative higher-ups (managers, presidents, etc.) to communicate better, and to act more like a team. Of course, not everyone on a team of managers and designers for example are going to be doing the same thing, but they will all be working towards the same goal and can help each other out because everyone knows the end goal. For example, if a manager is out of reach one day, how am I supposed to answer a question if I do not know what the goal is at the time? If I answer incorrectly, I assume too much; if I don’t answer, I’m inadequate. Do you see how this is set to fail? But, of course, millennials ask for so much when asking for proper communication.