Season Hughes is a Taxonomist for Amazon.com who loves to travel, sings in an a capella group and rides a pink Vespa.
Q: What does a typical day in your life look like?
I wake up and spend a long time trying to convince myself to go to the gym. After grabbing breakfast and feeding my three cats, I walk to work. As a Taxonomist for Amazon.com, I work on projects that help customers find what they're shopping for. I do this by adding categories for products like Cake Pop Makers or Dog Treadmills, and by adding filters that, for example, help customers find fish food by what type of fish they own, or find wall decals by their theme. I have a lively group of friends; if we're not out after work enjoying beer sampling, karaoke, or playing pinball, then I'm at home feeding my addiction to Korean dramas and cuddling with the cats.
Q: How did you choose your career path?
I was browsing job openings on the CIA website and saw one for Librarian. I thought that sounded like a cool job, so I got my Master's of Library Science. I didn't end up working for the CIA, but I get to do something I love every day. Organizing categories and filters may not sound like fun to most people, but I totally geek out on it!
Q: What do you do for fun? What are your favorite hobbies?
Traveling, especially internationally. I just got back from a magical journey to India, and hope to visit Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo next year. Other than that, I'm a gamer - Mass Effect and Dragon Age are two of my favorites, and I'm starting to get into more indie games. I sing in an a capella group and just bought a pink Vespa. And I blog! http://stylingseason.wordpress.com/
Q: Who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
My mom. She's a smart, independent artist. I can't believe the things she knows how to do: drawing, painting, photography, soap-making. I'd be happy to be half as cool and talented as she is.
Q: What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Well, I love my SimpleBra! No way did I think a wirefree bra would work for me (I'm 34DD), but I'm so happy I bought it. It's comfortable; I wear it all the time and adore its cosmic print. Other than that, most of my wardrobe comes from Golden Tote, Le Tote, Popbasic, and a bunch of tunics I picked up in India.
Q: What advice do you have for young women who are just starting their careers?
Disappointment is often a sign of good things to come. It took me almost 5 years after getting my library degree to find a job that actually required one. Even after finding a job in a library, I ended up being laid off due to budget cuts. I was heartbroken. It wasn't until a year later when I was working as a dog walker that I was recruited by Amazon. I wouldn't trade my weird employment history - lifeguard, flight attendant, drug store clerk, barista, Gap sales associate, animal adoption adviser, book unpacker - for anything. It brought me where I am today.