I personally have a rather odd background for the profession I'm in. I studied Logistics with focus on System logistics. My official title is kinda funny also "Uni. Dipl. Ing. Log. Kristjan Gomboc" (I'm never using it. It's just to silly)
Currently I'm working as a team lead of a design team. Before I was a UI Designer (Self thought. Also the coding part.).
When I talk to people it's always kinda strange to explain the relation. But the most interesting part is, when asked if I would choose again if I would study something else I honestly have to say No. Studying what I did really helped me on so many levels being better what I do now. Since logistic is also very interdisciplinary I had course from math, mechanics, automation, business, cross-culture management, information systems... all to languages and law. Which enables me now to speak to various stakeholders in their language. Also system thinking and problem solving is at the core in logistics and design...
But recently I talked to a new colleague and he challenged me. He said basically "I see why your background is helping... but let's say you would need to give advice to your young self... is there something else that could be even more helpful then logistics?"
So, I started wondering ... and honestly I can't answer it. But I also don't feel confident in giving the advice to "go study logistics" to anyone who want's to make carrier in design. It can't possible be the best choice :)
Therefore I'm asking now, dear community, what is you background and how does that help you in your job as a Designer (or anything related)? Would you choose it again / recommend it to someone?