Need advice for starting a career in UX/Interaction Design.
30 Sep 2010 - 3:02am
5 years ago
I'm having a lot of trouble getting a job in UX/Interaction Design.
I've seen a lot of discussion with people in the same situation as me, but I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong or what I could improve on. (specifically in my case)
Here are the things I've been doing/done...
I've recently graduated with an HCI major at the University of Washington. I've taken as many classes I can with design, interaction design, user experience, etc.
I've done everything I can think of like picking up and reading books, reading blogs, going to UX/IA meetups in Seattle when I can, networking with professionals/informational interviews, learning and practicing design skills/learning the tools (photoshop, fireworks, flash, etc.)
I have my own portfolio (which I'm currently redesigning and updating at the moment)
I've had a few internships at Adobe, VMware, and ZAAZ doing this type of work (It's quite unfortunate that I can't put those on my portfolio because of NDA)
I'm currently working on some personal projects (one of them I'm creating an iPhone application with a friend)
I've been searching for over a year now and recently I had to take a job in IT because I couldn't find anything else.
I'm still not having any luck. Every single time I apply, I look at the products the company makes and do some redesigns or mockups on new ideas for the product.
The most common responses I get when I apply to jobs are "You don't have X years of experience" or "You don't have a background in Fine Arts or Design" or "You don't have a master's degree"