Is anything being done to help newcomers to get into the industry?
19 May 2011 - 12:11am
3 years ago
This has troubled me for quite a while.
I know there has been numerous threads about "How can I break into UX" or "How can I get a job in UX".
Other than just discussing and talking about this particular issue, is there any ACTION or movement towards getting this issue resolved?
Before you give me general advice, I'll let you all know what I've been doing within the confines of what i can do.
I've spent the past 2-3 years of my life trying to get into this field and it doesn't feel like it's getting anywhere. I've been reading a lot of suggestions and advice people have given here on IXDA, I've taken as many courses as I could when I was an undergrad at UW related to design, programming and ux, I have a portfolio and I'm constantly updating it every now and then (http://whoischrislam.com), I've DONE design by doing a few internships (go ahead and look at my linkedin profile), I've went out to conferences when I could afford it and had the time to, networked as much as I could, I'm constantly doing design, design thinking, reading, improving my craft in everyway possible (learning new skills, refining what I have, doing some self started projects), just about everything I can think of and what people have been suggesting here on IXDA. I'm currently doing a masters at UW in Human Centered Design & Engineering.
I've even applied to places out of Seattle as Dan Saffer suggested. I've been able to get internships but not full time.
After talking with some peers today about this issue I'm starting believe it's not an individual specific problem but a probably an issue with the industry itself. I'm realizing there is so much out of my control that I'm starting to question my self-value and work I've put into trying to break in. Why does it seem that every single place is asking for senior level designers? At most I can consider my work experience to be a little over a year.