Greetings! My name is Natalie, and I started out completing a course in Computer Science and Psychology. I really liked the idea of doing something that helps people, and I really enjoyed the HCI side of my courses. I finished up, having no idea other than that, and decided to do a masters in Human Interface Technology. Again this was more of a taster, but I got to do an awesome project as part of my thesis, where I made an educational touch system for children to use to learn body systems in a museum environment.
I’d finished, and was again stuck, then I got told of a User Experience Internship with a company I had heard a little about from people around the lab. I decided to apply and got the job. I discovered my dream area! I really love the fact that UX is user-centred, that we help people with everyday problems, and try to make their lives that little bit better.
So I’ve got a bit of a theoretical background, I’m now in what I’m thinking of as a mentoring process (My team consists of two other experienced UX guys), and hope to continue on to a stable job in UX.
I’m currently working on learning more about the different flavours of process, how to stick up for the user (not just be focused on the monetary output) - as I’m not hugely confident as a new-comer to the UX arena, as well as improving my skills in the other areas that UX encompasses.
I’m glad to meet everyone!