I forgot to fill this when I first signed up, so here we go!
Where in the world are you?
What stage of your career are you at?
Heh, square one. I discovered UX last autumn, when looking into doing more UI/graphic stuff and fell in love. I graduated with a BA in Architecture last spring and have been an intern at a Arch. studio since. I've been using my free time to research UX, particularly for the last couple of months, and want to break into the industry.
What are you current challenges?
Welp, I have no direct experience or education, except for what I've been reading by myself online for weeks now. I intend to take some more focused online courses, still wading through the selection. I learnt how to use Sketch as well recently and intend to add more programs to my arsenal. Also, being 6 months pregnant is probably somewhat of a challenge!
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
I've always been big on researching and getting to the core of things, learning the 'why' and finding solutions. I also want to do work that impacts the environment in some way, to have some tangible results. And being able to interact with the user is so appealing, how that can affect the design and being able to iterate the process. UX seems to marry all this beautifully together, not to mention the UI design that can be layered on top, but I also really enjoy that. This just seems like the complete package to me: research+interaction+visual design.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, for sure Doubt I'll ever have one though, but I prefer their energy over cats.