Career advice for new(er) UX practitioners

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October 25, 2019

Career advice for new(er) UX practitioners

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  2. Career advice for new(er) UX practitioners Fadden, S. 2019. Career

    advice for new(er) UX practitioners. UX India, 10 September, Hyderabad.
  3. Steve Fadden, Ph.D. 2 Head of User Research, Measurement &

    Analytics, Google Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Information @sfadden on Twitter https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevefadden/
  4. “The UX profession has grown substantially since 1950 and it

    is now truly worldwide. Even so, the expected growth until 2050 will dwarf anything we’ve seen so far.” Jakob Nielsen, 2017 Nielsen, J. (December 24, 2017). A 100-Year View of User Experience. Retrieved from: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/100-years-ux/
  5. Share - Grow - Connect Image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-yellow-sunflower-field-under-sunny-sky-1169084/

  6. Understand the context

  7. Image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-yellow-sunflower-field-under-sunny-sky-1169084/

  8. Image: https://www.goodfreephotos.com/vector-images/female-project-manager-vector-clipart.png.php

  9. Images: https://www.goodfreephotos.com/vector-images/female-project-manager-vector-clipart.png.php, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hour_glass_clip_art.png

  10. Typical process 1. Sourcing 2. Reviews 3. Screens 4. Interviews/assessments

    5. References 6. Offer/negotiation 7. Confirmation Image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-yellow-sunflower-field-under-sunny-sky-1169084/, https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-yellow-sunflower-field-under-sunny-sky-1169084/
  11. Have a career strategy

  12. What do you want to be? Search job posts •

    5 year target • Common keywords • Gaps Image: https://www.nps.gov/glca/learn/news/rainbow-bridge-national-monument-designated-as-an-international-dark-sky-sanctuary.htm
  13. Where do you want to go? Destination list Company reviews

    Allies Image: https://pixabay.com/photos/dream-job-application-location-job-2904780/
  14. Explore job lists Images: https://themanifest.com/user-experience/agencies, https://www.greatplacetowork.in/great/100-best-companies.php, https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/glassdoor-just-announced-100-best-places-to-work-for-2019-is-your-company-on-list.html, https://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-workplaces/100-best/2019

  15. Learn about what matters to you Reference: https://www.glassdoor.co.in

  16. Find allies Reference: https://www.linkedin.com/

  17. Who can help you? Build your community Draw out their

    stories Offer gratitude and feedback Image: https://snoworld.one/my-top-10-tips-for-good-leadership/
  18. Prepare questions and talking points “Tell me about how you

    became a UX Design Manager?” “Describe what a typical day looks for you.” “I noticed you used to work at [company], can you tell me about the differences between your current and past role?” “Describe the culture at [company]. What kinds of people thrive here?” “What do you look for when you are determining if a candidate is a good fit for your team?” “Over the next 2 years, what would you advise me to develop/work on to become a compelling candidate for [company]?”
  19. Close the gaps Community feedback Mentoring Volunteering Side projects Image:

    https://pixabay.com/photos/planting-environment-nature-botany-1898946/
  20. Look for opportunities everywhere Image: https://www.globalgiving.org/, https://www.giveindia.org/volunteering/telangana/hyderabad

  21. Curate your evidence

  22. Consider your evidence Before candidacy Resume Portfolio Correspondence Network feedback

    During candidacy Screening answers Presentation UX exercise Interview content Questions and engagement
  23. Know your story Why you are here What you excel

    at What you are developing Image: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1389681
  24. Make an impression Lead with your goal Inverted pyramid Functional

    skills > chronological roles Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Duck-Rabbit_illusion.jpg
  25. Image: https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/sample-resume-ux-designer-entry-level

  26. Image: https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/sample-resume-ux-designer-experienced

  27. Image: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-is-a-functional-resume-2061997

  28. Image: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-is-a-functional-resume-2061997

  29. Image: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-is-a-functional-resume-2061997

  30. Validate your message

  31. Assess interpretations 30 second artifact test • Recall • Job

    role target Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Impressionism_6.jpg
  32. Have a reason for everything UX rationale Prepare for the

    whys • Format/message • Field/specialty • Organization Image: https://pixabay.com/photos/typography-geschtaltung-fonts-1069409/
  33. Image: https://uxmastery.com/how-to-develop-project-ideas-for-your-ux-portfolio/

  34. Build skills

  35. Soft skills Cross functional collaboration Managing conflicts ...and time ...and

    change Image: https://pixabay.com/photos/team-together-hands-joined-prayer-472488/
  36. Expertise over breadth Mastery: tool, method, hobby Flexibility and innovation

    Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebakkenmuseum/15642021859
  37. Data understanding Analytics and metrics Quant and qual Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DARPA_Big_Data.jpg

  38. Storytelling Engage audience Build empathy Provoke action Image: https://www.jbsa.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2000985682/

  39. Advice

  40. Be concise Clarify assumptions Crisp statements Check in Image: https://www.maxpixel.net/Protest-News-Reporter-Bpd-Baltimore-Urban-Police-1507128

  41. Have a POV Framework for rationale Assumptions and hypotheses Show

    commitment Image: https://www.needpix.com/photo/915387/new-construction-framing-timbers-home-build-structure
  42. Bias toward action Have recommendations ready Improvements, with more resources

    Shortcuts, if less resources Image: https://pxhere.com/en/photo/47097
  43. Concise - POV - Action Image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/shallow-focus-photography-of-yellow-sunflower-field-under-sunny-sky-1169084/

  44. Thank you! @sfadden on Twitter https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevefadden/