Thank you! My current role is in the UX space. When I finished my degree in 2012, I had no idea what I wanted to do, especially since I live in Canberra, but I knew it would be closer to UX than design for manufacture. When I was at uni a lot of my classmates were interested in automobile design or furniture but I was definitely much more interested in the usability side of the fence. I'd rather go off and do a contextual inquiry than spend three days in pro engineer fighting with the surface of a kettle.
My first job out of uni was an internship in a marketing environment. Living in Canberra, there aren't a lot of options so I decided to try something a little different and broaden my skills. It was a three month contract that was extended to five and in that time I applied for design graduate programs at large government departments. By the time my five months was up, I still hadn't heard from any of my applications so I applied for a job working at the technical helpdesk of one those departments for a major product of theirs. I wanted to understand the user experience of this product better in case I did get an offer at that department. A month later I did.
Last year was my grad year. As a design grad I experienced different work rotations and received a lot of training. My final rotation was in a UX based team that was working on the mobile app among many other exciting projects. It was so much fun and I was hooked. I was very lucky to receive a permanent placement in that team when the grad program ended and I am still there - I love it