Oh, crap—you’re presenting your work in half an hour! Time to get stuff done. Are there any UI templates out there that you can use? Go to a site with stock design resources. Sort by popular. Download. Copy. Paste. Change the color. Swap the logo placeholder. Use photos from Unsplash that don’t have anything to do with the product but look pretty. Lorem-ipsum every text layer. Use a plugin to fill your mockup with fake names, fake images, fake dates, and fake products to make it look more real. Boom! That e-commerce site is looking tight.
Cancer Researchers and Professors (Prestigious, Delightful): Many people enjoy doing research that benefits humanity, because it allows them to form a compelling and positive narrative about their life. They may also enjoy the puzzle-like aspects of pure research and the ecstasy of solving completely unsolved problems. Because of this we have people pursuing careers as professors even as we have a crisis of oversupply for PhDs in almost all fields.
Turns out we like it when our professional services are licensed. In fact, if you’ve ever had occasion to use a lawyer, I’m sure you’ve been comforted knowing they’ve passed the bar. Their certification will be neatly framed right behind their head. Not to mention that even the cafeterias of Silicon Valley’s most disruptive companies have to hang health department grade sheets where diners can see them. So while you take a break from fighting against regulations that keep passenger vehicles safe, you can avail yourself of that burger which you know is safe thanks to the regulations inspired by the muckraking work of Upton Sinclair. A journalist. Or in libertarian parlance — the media.