We firmly believe that there is absolutely no shame attached to any field of education. It is only due to misconception and false pride that some fields of study have been overly glorified and some others are looked down upon. In our series of interviews with professionals who share their career story, we have Roseline Toppo, a UI/UX Designer, who was discouraged from taking up a career in design. Though she was forced to take up engineering, Roseline managed to come back to where her interests lay, but still regrets the lost time. In her interview with us in Bangalore, Roseline vividly brought out the fact that in the minds of most people, anything other than Engineering and Medicine is considered a waste of time.
Q: Tell us about yourself?
A: My name is Roseline. I have a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Product Design. Right now, I am a UI/UX Designer.
Q: How did you end up choosing your subjects after high school, and why did you choose those subjects?
A: After 12th, I got into medical. But I was not interested, so I disappointed my parents; told them I am not going to study medicine. I can’t put in effort for 5 years on something I didn’t like. That is why I chose Engineering. But then, that was the only reason why I chose Engineering. I had told my parents that I was interested in animation and design, but we didn’t know of any university that had a degree program in animation. I was told, “If you do that, you’ll never earn money. To be independent, you need to study Engineering” and the likes.
Q: Did you go for any counselling or take advice from anyone? What kind of advice do you think would have helped you at that time?
A: There were no counselling sessions. All I could do was to Google a few topics. But that was not convincing to my parents. They questioned the authenticity of the information on the internet as they were not aware of the internet’s capabilities. So they won, and I had to become an engineer.