Rain is a GA UX Design Immersive graduate, full time UX designer, and fan of good clean designs. Her background is in architecture and product design. In her spare time she is either at the gym or coming up with new app ideas. In this blog she tells her story of finding a job and her insights to the London UX field. You can read her first chapter here.
So now everything is in place and order, you put yourself out there and have the basics to get people interested. What’s next?
Setting expectations: I went into the job market knowing UX is a booming market with huge demand and very little supply. My expectations were sky high. I expected high volume phone calls and interviews and thought I would find a job within 2-3 weeks. So let’s bring it back to reality a little. Yes, there is demand, and yes, there is short supply but also, I had very little real life experience and most companies simply don’t have the time to teach you.
So here’s what I did:
you have an idea for an app? Your friend needs his website done? Get working! I had my own app idea which I tried developing with a friend, I did user research and created a persona, wireframes and flows. He did the coding and we put up a basic limited capability test app that I was able to show clients. They didn’t care that it wasn’t finished, or even that it was slow and got stuck sometimes. It showed passion and enthusiasm and it kept me busy.
Go to events, Meetups and talks. Keep the conversation going and also learn more about the industry. Through my friend I got to work on another app, through Meetups I got an offer to do another project. Some events I left not talking to a single person but the talk itself taught me something I could then bring up in an interview and show once again interest and passion to the field.
The beauty of UX is that most of it is online. Magazines such as UX Magazine and TechCrunch offer free content online. Blogs such as 52weeksofux and UXbooth are great places to learn from other designers experiences. The key is to keep up with trends and technology, learn more about the terminology designers use and also how they deal with issues you will too face one day.
UX is mainly online, and as such you are expected to have an online presence. As I mentioned in Chapter 1, get your LinkedIn pimped. That is your main business card online. Many companies won’t even know you have a website and use LinkedIn as their main tool to extract information about you. You can find job postings directly from companies here as well as valuable research material on companies and their staff should you be called for an interview.
Connect to your peers and companies you like. There is a lot of information shared in this space that you would never have come across. This is your stage to show your interest and thoughts about UX among other things.
These have been my main two social platforms but I can imagine there are many more. Information is power and considering it is all at your fingertips it will be silly not to take advantage of it.
Oh, and clean up your Facebook. Seriously. Companies look at that too.
While doing all this I didn’t forget the main thing: getting a job. Each day I would send CV’s to companies I was interested in, apply to ads and talk to recruiters. My schedule was surprisingly busy for an unemployed person and some days I ran around the city like crazy, all leading me to the final chapter of finding a UX job, stay tuned…