It sucks to be a Jr. Interaction Designer/Jr. Usability Specialist/ Jr. User Experience Designer
6 Mar 2010 - 5:59am
4 years ago
For those graduating in 2008 (When the crisis started), 2009 (when the crisis was at the peek) and 2010 (when almost every 4th is unemployed in Malmö and Copenhagen Area), it really sucked/sucks to be a user centered designer. NO FREAKING JOBS! I was lucky enough to get hired as a technical writer with emphasis on usability....this was my first career job and I learned alot. Its just sad that it lasted for 13 months only.... My employer had to let 35 employees go. I was one of them.
Now almost 4 months later I am still looking for jobs. Jobs within the field of UCD. I look for usability, GUI design, interaction design, user experience etc.... What do I see? "The candidate should have atleast 5 years of experience....", "The candidate will need to show us a portfolio so that we can see excellent graphic capabilities". How can a recent graduate fulfill these requirements?? He/she can't!
So what does a recent graduate do?? I have started some evening part time classes in graphic design and eye tracking and hope that I may score some points.