Just found this site, registered, reading forum comments on UX startups, bought the UX design book.
I stumbled across UX - I would love to specialise and have a career in this field. I found that I do marketing and creative thinking quite naturally but I didn’t want to do marketing and advertising or even write content. I struggled for so long looking for a career in an area that combines my research and creative skills and passion (a worn out word I hear)…I can’t think of a better word. Ironically - I met the only UX designer I met/not know at a Marketing networking event - I was not there for the networking - Actually I didn’t know networking was involved - Apparently I was the only one there for the topic subject matter expert information on this very subject - Mapping the User Experience for Suncorp Insurance - and I paid to listen to this topic too ;). Life happened and now I am editing my LI profile and am just not satisfied to just do a role - I want to create fantastic and customer centric user experiences - I want to create magic - yes - I’ve also been called crazy - but I belong in this world - finally my crazy has a home and its in UX and Service Design.
Reality sinks in - What experience do I have? zilch! - well to start with - I have been reading your forum advice and I have taken the first on board - creating a portfolio of works. In order to do that - I have one question - its logical but since your the experts - what well known products and services are in use currently that need a UX designer? If I were a small business - how would a UX designer help me? Ok that’s two questions.
Thanks in advance.