Where in the world are you?
Lower Hutt, Wellington, NZ
What stage of your career are you at?
Hmmm... I have been doing this for about six or seven years, though for the first few I didn't know what UX was even though I was doing it (or some of it).
It all started with discovering the world of usability and an IA project where I was lucky enough to be mentored in the art of user testing (online and 1-1). Then after a few more years, a few more IA projects and such things, learning as I went to do all sorts of UX things I got a job with 'UX designer' as the title. Initially I had a huge does of imposter syndrome , but they still like me and what I do, and I am lucky enough to be in a job with variety, the chance to research what I don't know, and keep learning.
What are you current challenges?
Forms and tables. Working on an in-house application for an education provider - tables as far as the eye can see. On the horizon is a website redesign and IA project, but I have to get through the forms and tables first.
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
Reminding managers that user testing is the way to go. Knowing that I (or what I have been involved in creating) is not 100% right, just heading in the right direction and input from others adds value.
Cats or dogs?
Cats. Like dogs, but I admire the self assured way of a cat. And how they get to sleep a lot.