What is it that differentiates a junior from a senior UX professional? It’s not as simple as it sounds – both practitioners and employers should be aware that these “junior” and “senior” categorisations are fuzzy at best. They don’t always tell the full story of your experience when it comes to expertise and years of experience. Knowing which roles are right for you will help you navigate the job market and pave your own career pathway.
Whether we like it or not, every single one of us is a brand. What we do with our brand enables us to shape our UX careers in ways we may not have considered. Ashlea McKay built hers by accident, but along the way, she learned how to apply her thinking in a structured way. Here are five ways to build a successful personal brand in UX and create your own career destiny.
For many designers, culture is a driving factor in choosing a company to work for, and deciding to advance a career there. Design culture is more than ping pong tables, free food and a pretty workspace. It’s about providing the tools and an environment to perform at your best. No matter the level of design maturity, each organisation has unique cultural strengths and areas that can be improved.
There’s no feeling as universally common yet isolating as imposter syndrome. The fear that you’re not the magical unicorn with the medley of skills and experience that everyone expected.
For UXers just starting out, this feeling is practically a prerequisite. What other group of people are meant to have extensive skills in research, design, strategic thinking, data and psychology? Oh and to add to this list, user experience designers are meant to have EXPERIENCE.
But we all have to start somewhere. Here’s how the experts cope when imposter syndrome rears its ugly head.
Where do you see yourself in the next five or ten years? Leading a multidisciplinary in-house UX team? Presenting on stage at your favourite UX conference? Hosting a UX meetup?
These are all ways you can take on a leadership role in UX. Last week, we looked at the essential qualities of UX leaders. This week, our UXperts share their advice on overcoming barriers and practical tips to steer your career in the right direction.
Laser-focused, innovative, patient, authentic. These are all qualities we look for in our leaders. For ambitious UXers, leading a team, a company, or even the field, is probably in your sights.
What qualities do you need to become a UX leader? And what defines UX leadership? We speak to some of our UXperts on what UX leadership means to them.
UX Bootcamps are a popular way to transition to a career in user experience design. In fact, bootcamps are one of the most frequent topics of conversation over in our forums.
We asked our community for their advice – four generous folks share their experiences with UX design bootcamps from General Assembly, Trydesignlab, Interaction Design Foundation and CareerFoundry.
From learning how to make UX work for her colleagues to honing her own design skills in wholly unexpected ways, Leigh Gamon shares her personal insights and survival tips from twelve months in the front line.
How can we create more meaning in our everyday work? How can we make routines to contribute to the intention of wellness for people, work, projects, communities and economies for an enlightened future society? Dan Szuc and Josephine Wong introduce seven practices we can use right away to start exploring our responses.
Will 2017 be just another year, or will it be the year your product (or service, or experience) takes the world by storm? Ben Rowe explains how to working backwards is the secret to achieving your goals.