CUA

23 Aug 2007 - 10:36am
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acra
2007

Hey everyone,

I am relatively new to this group and found it really fascinating.

I want a head start in the ID area and was wondering how the CUA program
is as a start.

Comments

23 Aug 2007 - 12:41pm
White, Jeff
2007

There was actually some discussion about this a few months ago:
http://beta.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=17230

I have the certification, and it helped my team at the time to establish
user centered design in our organization - it gave us immediate
credibility. It also helped me land my current job. But, I know folks on
this list and elsewhere have doubts about its' value.

Jeff

>>
Hey everyone,

I am relatively new to this group and found it really fascinating.

I want a head start in the ID area and was wondering how the CUA program
is as a start. To give you my background, I have a M.S (2006) in
Ergonomics
from Mumbai with a design thesis on 'Modes of transport for the disabled
in
India'. I live in VA now and want to be equipped to join the
professional
work force here as soon as possible.

Regards,
Achyuta
>>

23 Aug 2007 - 12:49pm
White, Jeff
2007

There's also some more discussion on CUA here:
http://beta.ixda.org/discuss.php?post=18009

Jeff

23 Aug 2007 - 1:07pm
jim muntone
2006

Welcome to the group!

I've taken some of the classes myself -years ago- (they seemed like
fairly general, entry-level material) and I'm also a "hiring manager" so
I guess I can give you two perspectives on it...

When I see someone has taken **any** training on their own I usually
think "Well, great, they're interested in career development, honing
their craft etc." So that's a plus.

When I see HFI I don't however think that their program will make the
person a "better" hire than someone who hasn't. It's not like a "golden
ticket" as how I understand some of the programming/more technical
certifications to be for people who hire in those fields. Or say how you
have to pass certain tests to be eligible for most government jobs.

Personally, (just opinion) if you've done a few real-world projects on
your own and have been through some product/site launches you probably
know what HFI will teach you and you might do better (if you feel
strongly about continuing your education) at dropping the five grand (or
whatever it is these days) at a college.

Best of luck to you!

-j

Jim Muntone
User Experience Manager
Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Blog: www.sadrhino.net

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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] CUA

Hey everyone,

I am relatively new to this group and found it really fascinating.

I want a head start in the ID area and was wondering how the CUA program
is as a start. To give you my background, I have a M.S (2006) in
Ergonomics
from Mumbai with a design thesis on 'Modes of transport for the disabled
in
India'. I live in VA now and want to be equipped to join the
professional
work force here as soon as possible.

Regards,
Achyuta
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