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26 Jan 2011 - 7:10pm
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design1983
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27 Jan 2011 - 11:05am
Lnajera
2010

I'm not sure what you mean by upgrading yourself? Do you what to earn more money? Change career? Or focus more on usability and user research? Can you elaborate on what you mean by upgrade?

Ludwing Najera

On Jan 27, 2011, at 8:49 AM, "neha.verma" wrote:

> Hello All, > > I am Intrested into HCI field, but not toward the research part . I am more intrested in designing web application and their interfaces. > > Currently I am working as a user interface designer. And now I want to upgrade myself so I decided to go for a master degree, but my limitation is I can not leave California due to personal reason. > > So a degree in M.S. Human Factors/Ergonomics from San jose state university or* M.A. pshycology in Human Factors or *MS in Psychology, Option in Human Factors *will be a good idea *or not? > > Thanks in advance > >
> >

27 Jan 2011 - 12:05pm
Matt Pattison
2009

I just think its really interesting that someone is using the language "upgrade" as personal development whilst in the HCI field.

To people out there - What are the cog psych and cultural anthropological thoughts about this?

Matt Pattison Director of Human Factors Co-Founder

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On 27 Jan 2011, at 16:51, Lnajera wrote:

> I'm not sure what you mean by upgrading yourself? Do you what to earn more money? Change career? Or focus more on usability and user research? Can you elaborate on what you mean by upgrade? > > Ludwing Najera > > On Jan 27, 2011, at 8:49 AM, "neha.verma" wrote: > > > Hello All, > > > > I am Intrested into HCI field, but not toward the research part . I am more intrested in designing web application and their interfaces. > > > > Currently I am working as a user interface designer. And now I want to upgrade myself so I decided to go for a master degree, but my limitation is I can not leave California due to personal reason. > > > > So a degree in /M.S. Human Factors/Ergonomics from San jose state university/ or* M.A. pshycology in Human Factors /or *MS in Psychology, Option in Human Factors *will be a good idea/ *or not? > > > > Thanks in advance > > > > > > > > > >

27 Jan 2011 - 10:05pm
Wendy Fischer
2004

I took a class several years ago in the graduate Human Factors program at SJSU, while interning at Peoplesoft and away from my Master's program at DePaul. I was impressed with the Human Factors Psychology class I took, I learned a lot and actually thought the program was really well designed.

My view on a graduate program is that  you should do it for personal growth first and foremost, not to upgrade your "job". A graduate degree from any school is no guarantee that you will get a better job. Part of being in a graduate program is learning about the field, interning or working in the HCI field while in school and getting practical experience and networking with other people. A graduate program costs money and requires a large personal commitment and time.

I'd also suggest looking at Stanford's product design program.

Wendy


From: Matt Pattison <matt@this-side.com>
To: erpdesigner@yahoo.com
Sent: Thu, January 27, 2011 9:44:26 AM
Subject: Re: [IxDA] Admission to Human Factor and Ergonomics Department at San Jose State Univesity

I just think its really interesting that someone is using the language "upgrade" as personal development whilst in the HCI field.

-------- TO PEOPLE OUT THERE - WHAT ARE THE COG PSYCH AND CULTURAL
        ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS? --------------------------------

Matt Pattison
Director of Human Factors
Co-Founder

Studio: +44 (0) 207 407 4368

Tel: +44 (0) 7894761426

email: matt@mattandjohn.co.uk

URL: www.mattandjohn.co.uk

Skype: mattpattison
Twitter: mattpattison

Matt + John Limited
Unit 5B 20-30 Wild's Rents
London
SE1 4QG

Company Number: 7109594

On 27 Jan 2011, at 16:51, Lnajera wrote:

> I'm not sure what you mean by upgrading yourself? Do you what to earn more money? Change career? Or focus more on usability and user research? Can you elaborate on what you mean by upgrade?
>
> Ludwing Najera
>
> On Jan 27, 2011, at 8:49 AM, "neha.verma" wrote:
>
> > Hello All,
> >
> > I am Intrested into HCI field, but not toward the research part . I am more intrested in designing web application and their interfaces.
> >
> > Currently I am working as a user interface designer. And now I want to upgrade myself so I decided to go for a master degree, but my limitation is I can not leave California due to personal reason.
> >
> > So a degree in /M.S. Human Factors/Ergonomics from San jose state university/ or* M.A. pshycology in Human Factors /or *MS in Psychology, Option in Human Factors *will be a good idea/ *or not?
> >
> > Thanks in advance
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>

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27 Jan 2011 - 5:42pm
pkdaly
2010

It is a good idea to 'upgrade' to Human Factors. This will give you a foundation whether you want to make web pages or heads-up displays for aircraft cockpits. SJSU is a good program, accredited by HFES, which gives you a leg up if you want to pursue certification (BCPE).  You can pick your electives to skip the 'hard core' HF like safety or ergo; e.g. social psych for 'social media', cognitive psych, design.

27 Jan 2011 - 7:24pm
ixdjon
2011

Great idea!  The HF program shared some classes with ID.  I think you will find the joined classes very valuable. (ergonomics, interaction design, etc)  Some of my friends were in the HF program and they stated that they learned most in the joined classes.

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