Hello all! Glad to join this community!
Where in the world are you?
What stage of your career are you at?
I graduated from college as a Computer Science major earlier this year. I accepted the only job offer I had near college as a Web developer, but I'm more excited about design. I had web design experience in intern and freelancing before. I think that UX has more control over the product overall, from a higher level in terms of the relationship between product and users. I used to make wireframe and prototype as a phase of web design for clients before, but I wanted to know more about the process before already making wireframes. Questions like how to know in this product what functions exactly the users want to implement? How to test if the interactions designed are comfortable for the users?
So I took UCSD's Interaction design Specialization on Coursera since April, hoping to get a more systematic insight about it. Now I have only one course (Designing, Running, and Analyzing Experiments) and the Capstone Project (which will only be available after finishing all the previous courses) left. The last course focuses on using R to analyze experimental data, which doesn't seem to be what I'll work on but I'll finish it anyway! Now I've moved to Boston and I hope to find a UX internship to get more practical knowledge and more exposure on the UX world.
What are you current challenges?
My current challenge is that I feel a bit lost towards the end of the specialization. I'm not sure how to convince the hiring managers that I have UX experience and huge interest so that they would offer me an opportunity to work on UX design.
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
I‘m excited about the part that I can understand users' needs and give solutions that are better than current ones (or simply understand the current solution's advantages and disadvantages). When finishing the Coursera course assignments, the excitement I haven't felt for a long time came back. I enjoy when doing one-on-one interview how the interviewee can give me thoughts I can never sympathize before; I enjoy making persona and journey map that put together users' information in case any obvious details slip out of my mind; I enjoy the initial creation of prototype that can seem crude but through testing and iterating it becomes better.
Cats or dogs?
More of a dog person, but because currently renting an apt., both unlikely to have