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#544

Where in the world are you?
Grand Rapids, Michigan

What stage of your career are you at?
As a UX designer, relatively speaking, early on. As a design director, 10 plus years.

What are you current challenges?
Having lead branding and art direction teams, I have experience but my résumé and portfolio is full of the pretty stuff and not enough of the messy data stuff. Working hard to change that.

What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
My “hobby” or interest is in behavioral psychology. I love to SEE what makes people tick and testing what should work or ought to work.

Cats or dogs?
I’ve always had dogs. Dogs.


#545

Depending on the industry, many companies use agencies, some of the time. Financial institutions often use outsourced recruitment programs, companies experiencing growth and a need to cut down on time to hire often outsource their talent acquisition or they simply use agencies to augment their own talent acquisition team. So by no means do all companies use recruiters exclusively or all the time but in North America quality talent is at a premium so many companies do outsource when the need arises. Companies that are less likely to use agencies often are smaller up and coming companies with excellent employer branding, lots of organic press coverage and use creative talent acquisition strategies. Ie hosting hacknights etc.

Have you responded to any recruiters? Good recruiters should divulge who they work with once lines of communication are opened.


#546

Welcome @joem! Behavioral psychology will serve you well in this field!


#547

I’ve always loved the sound of that place. It sounds so… grand and American.
Welcome. :slight_smile:


#548

Where in the world are you?
Salt Lake City, UT
What stage of your career are you at?
Recently Graduated from a coding bootcamp. I have been studying UX design for a while now and want to transition into the field.
What are you current challenges?
Creating projects for my portfolio
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
User research and psychology
Cats or dogs?
dogs > cats


#549

Another place that sounds cool!


#550

Hello all!

  • Where in the world are you?
    Tel Aviv
  • What stage of your career are you at?
    Technically, I’ve had a variety of jobs, but I would say in the UX/tech zone, I’m still in the blissful early stages.
  • What are you current challenges?
    There’s so much information and so many resources out there, and it can be challenging to keep track of everything I’ve seen, heard, and read!
  • What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
    Definitely on the mobile end, but I think that it’s incredible how design and creativity has a real place in tech and optimization. I love this marriage!
  • Cats or dogs?
    Dogs. No question!

#551

Hello, Maarten here!

**Where in the world are you?**

In The Netherlands - Amsterdam

**What stage of your career are you at?**

Just figured out what I want to do as a career, after trying different careers (Account management, Data analytics, Consultancy) I found my passion lies in the UX.

**What are you current challenges?**

Getting hired by proving that I’m an added value with my multidisciplinary background, rather than a specialist who focused his whole career around design.

**What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?**

The main aspect I like is solving the complex challenges. Identifying the (real) problem and translating this to the best design you can imagine to achieve a the companies/clients goal. Thereby the diversity of the projects and the many different paths that can be walked to solve the problem at hand.

**Cats or dogs?**

Cats I love the arrogance, no matter what they are in the lead.

What I’m here for
I’m on this forum to on the one hand become more acquinted with the UX community, meet new friends and maybe even collaborate on certain projects.


#552

I love this addition to your intro. Nice. Glad you’re here! We can certainly help with those things.


#553

Hi community!

Where in the world are you?
I’m from Granada, Spain

What stage of your career are you at?
I’m keeping searching for inner peace. I’m joking, Currently I’m working as UX/UI Designer and learning more from that wonderful world.

What are you current challenges?
Getting the top of the mountain in my company

What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
Well, everyday there are new challenges so… maybe know what users need and later think about how to solve their lives designing the interface. And of course, testing it with Dev. Team and watch the result to get feedback. But the best is the big beer when we get success.

Cats or dogs?
Animals but I have a cat.


#554

Always.


#555

Hi friends!

Where in the world are you?
The suburb of Ivanhoe in Melbourne, Australia

What stage of your career are you at?
I’ve been a senior level UI Engineer for over 10 years. I’ve only recently moved into the UX space in the past year or so.

What are you current challenges?
Trying to sell the concept of great user experience to others in my organisation. I work with people in a myriad of roles in a finance firm. Fitting in UX with compliance and other governance issues, is a major challenge.

In addition to this, I’m dealing with challenges in making co-workers understand the value in design thinking. How activities such as journey mapping and doing exploration work before defining problems can be beneficial.

What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
I’m passionate about creating UX culture within a team and organisation. Whilst learning about UX for myself is great, I love being able to share my experiences and inform others of how UX can benefit the organisation.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs. Samoyeds to be specific.


#556

Where in the world are you?
Orange County, CA, USA
What stage of your career are you at?
Working in design and technology, looking to pivot into a UX Design role
What are your current challenges?
Looking for a place to get experience and build my technical skills for UX design
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
Love blending together needs of people and business while highlighting the exciting capabilities of technology. Translating human needs to computers and the creative power of design.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs


#557

Love this. Welcome Andrew.

Welcome Hailey. Have you tried some online courses. We have a good list here.


#558

I have responded to recruiters. It’s frustrating because a lot of them don’t understand what a UX designer is: the header says UX designer, but the job is clearly for a front-end developer. The other problem is that most recruiters haven’t taken the time to read my resume. The job description will ask for many skills that I don’t have on my skill list. I’m developing relationships with the recruiters who “get it,” but I’m also interested in finding the companies that don’t use them and I’m not sure how to start.


#559

@greyvalenti, I consider recruiters a necessary evil. But you can search on LinkedIn for recruiters that specialize in UX roles. There aren’t many of them, but they are out there.

I don’t know where you are in the world, but have you tried networking, going to meetups, etc.?


#560

Hello All! :slight_smile:

About me:

Where in the world are you?
Sydney Australia

What stage of your career are you at?
I’m a Business Analyst and at a career transition phase - thinking of shifting to a hybrid role of Business Analyst/UX Design. I’m doing a UX Design course (working on 3-4 live projects). After the course, I am hoping to find a role that encompasses strategy, analysis and design.

What are you current challenges?

  1. I’m a big picture thinker who is also detail oriented and passionate about the human experience and psychology. I’m an end-to-end Business Analyst and I love being a BA. I use Product Development, Service Design, Customer Experience, Change Management and Business Process Analysis principles as a BA. I’m also passionate about the user’s experience (both from end-customer/user perspective as well as business employees who will be (i) supporting the customer, and (ii) using the tools and systems that would enable them to support the customer. I am also technical. I’m wondering if there is a role that straddles these areas? I don’t want to be pigeon holed into one specialist role, eg. BA or UX Designer, etc. I looked at the Product Designer vs UX Designer role- Would there be other types of roles that cover what I’m looking for?

  2. Although I have done many elements of UX Design as a BA and in my previous role as Web Designer/Admin/Developer, I haven’t borne an official title of “UX Designer”. I’ve also just been recently formally educated in design. (The “formal” education just made me realize that I’m already doing those skills and techniques being taught. The only difference is the labels/naming conventions used and the applications used). The recruiter I spoke with said that due to this I’m considered as a “Junior Designer”. I’m a Senior BA and I’m wondering how I can portray a BA/Designer resume that portrays these hybrid skillsets even if I haven’t specialized in a pure UX Design role…?

What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
I’m passionate about human centered design thinking - the psychology of the user and being able to create an experience for the user that is simple, efficient, and a joy to use.

Cats or dogs?
I like the big wild cats - the panther and lion. To keep at home I prefer domesticated dogs.


#561

Welcome Nina. @simon_lash may have some advice around how you pitch yourself to potential employers.


#562

Thank you Sarah, I’ve checked out @simon_lash threads and saw one that gave useful advice. Thanks again.


#563

Apologies for the delay! I have been “up north” as we say in Ontario and I try to disconnect as best I can.

This problem you are facing is not limited to recruiters but hiring managers as well. There are threads here about “unicorns” where the lines between UI/UX/Front End are all blurred and UXers are expected to be everything all at once. Keep building your relationships with the knowledgeable recruiters.

I agree. Get out into some friendly spaces to get some in person conversations going. Check out some meetups in your area but don’t limit yourself to UX specific ones. Often initiative based communities are ripe with great contacts. Groups who focus on Civic Tech, Women in Tech, Environmental Tech or whatever initiative you have an interest in are often awesome places to network without having to explicitly “network.”