Hey, UXMastery Community! First hats off to Luke and Matt for their courage to work on building the field up with the book, and creating this community. I’ve been in the field for what it seems it’s “forever”, no, actually since 2000 (in internet years it IS forever). I self taught HTML in the early days and made some small business websites so I could be a stay at home mom. I went on to work as a front end engineer for GIS applications and eventually became a web design teacher for a community college. I now work at a large learning institution as a web team lead, but my heart has always been in the core and purpose of this medium as a communications and productivity vehicle. I’ve been fascinated with the process of designing for the user experience from the very beginning of my working career. So, to master the field, I just finished a master’s degree in human-computer interaction from DePaul University in Chicago. Who knows I might go for a PhD in Psychology next. The challenge that I have is that my projects are limited at work, and would love to work on a variety of projects. Going through the formal master’s program I discovered that being in the trenches has been extremely valuable, but the knowledge gap has been filled for me. I discovered that I absolutely love, love the discovery phase of the process and the iterative nature of the design process. So, for me, user research is my favorite part of UX work. I’ve done a soft launch of my own virtual firm focused on user research.