So You Want to Be a UX Designer?

Demand for UX Designers continues to heat up (kind of like our steamy weather here in the Northeast.) So considering a career in this hot market is certainly relevant.

If you’re wondering how to get a job in UX and what it’s like, Stewart McCoy provides an insightful look into the life of a UX Designer, with first-hand experience of what it’s like to get a UX Design job.

Navigating your career (as his article points out) is complicated. Taking stock of your skills, reviewing your experience and considering current and future trends in the job market can be a mind-boggling process (even more so when you’re considering a skills or job change, going back to school or just graduating.)

Adding to the complexity, the roles in different areas of UI/UX are often blurred. Do you know the difference between a UX Designer, Product Designer and a Web Designer?  It’s important to do your homework and to ensure you’re speaking the same language as potential hiring managers.

 “Working with our clients and interactive candidates, we play a crucial role in understanding the current market and ensuring that expectations, skills, and day-to-day job requirements are aligned — and that can vary from company to company,” says Kristin Zwickau, Director of CM Access.

UX Design requires technical skills for sure… but  thinking like a UX Designer as well as soft skills to communicate effectively and pitch your work in a persuasive and professional manner is crucial. You’ll interact with a variety of colleagues, from computer engineers to your left-brained client, who may not even fully understand the need for your UX expertise. Tailor your communication based on your audience, much like you develop design by putting yourself in your audience’s shoes.

From the hiring manager’s perspective – cultural fit and the needs of the project and team should be keys to the choice of a candidate. Smaller companies often look for hybrid candidates, comfortable switching gears and wearing multiple hats, while larger companies may have more specialized positions with strong role-specific skills and little variety in their work.

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