How to Start Your Career in UX Design…

Start Your Career in UX Design

In this article we will try to clear up the confusion and give you some basic recommendations for starting your own career in UX.

A UX Designer is a facilitator

The next step is to generate a basic idea and an initial prototype, and validate it with users to ensure that the proposed solution is ideal.

Design your own career

We like to apply this analogy: If they want you to prepare food, ask them to let you choose the ingredients and go buy them too.

Ok, but how to do it?

Find a mentor

The personality trait they will look for in you is basically curiosity. You don’t have to do anything to prove it, the mentors will figure it out right away.

This mentor will provide you with useful literature, authors, books, online talks, references, etc. But it will be done in an orderly manner depending on your real concerns.

You will discover over time that the field of UX is also very broad. That’s where the initial paralysis lies. In the availability of abundant information and not knowing where to start. A mentor will help you reduce that anxiety.

Be self taught

In an industry that is constantly changing, it is essential to be aware of trends. Your only options are to read, understand and do.

Five books to help you put your head in the right place:

  1. The Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman.
  2. The Elements of User Experience, by Jesse James Garrett.
  3. Change By Design by Tim Brown.
  4. Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug.
  5. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People, by Susan Weinschenk.

In the end, the important thing is that you give free rein to your curiosity. You will discover clues. Follow them and listen to your mentor.

It is highly recommended that what you learn in theory you also apply in practice. It may be on a personal project you are currently working on. For example, pull your acquaintances and conduct a usability test with them or go out to talk with people who could use your product. Validate your assumptions with real people.

Leave your comfort zone, nothing happens there.

Do not give up

You probably won’t get a job in UX on your first app. All organizations want someone who comes directly to solve problems, for this you need experience.

How to get it if nobody gives you an opportunity? It is the million dollar question and there is no single answer. But that can’t stop you. Read academic books, articles and publications, experiment with personal projects, attend events, take training, get a mentor, get into communities.

The basic idea is that you start with something. Start today.

Every new knowledge you acquire will increase the value of your career. Your future is something you cannot ignore.

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