Advice for getting into the industry

10 May 2012 - 9:57am
2 years ago
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NeilHouse
2012

 

Hi,  Any help in providing me with good answers and knowledge surrounding the questions below would be great.

I want to enter into your field as an interaction designer/ user interface designer/ user experience designer focusing primarily around online products.

Quick background:

I have a BA degree in Photographic and digital media combined with Sound design and have good knowledge of most of the adobe suite. I have been working within a large corporate company within the UK for the last 4 years in sales as an account manager, managing complex customer relationships at different levels throughout the business.

Questions:

-Best masters courses to easiest transition into the industry with my experience...? I believe the quality and standard of courses offered varies hugely for the benefit they provide to future employers.

-CSS, Javascript & HTML seem almost crucial to most employers within the job roles above, do you think they are still going to be obligatory or is my time better spent focusing on other applications for the future?

-Specialising in a particular area can be fruitful, any advice/ideas on what to go for...?

-Travel and working around the world is a very attractive prospect to me and seems relatively possible in this field. Would you agree? Can you share your personal experiences?

-Care to share a few lines on your entry into the fields above, did you come straight from university into a junior interaction designer etc. position? Other position? What were your career moves straight after exiting university?

Huge thanks 

 

Neil

 

 

Comments

14 May 2012 - 3:22am
NOIXD
2010

Remember do what you love to do for a living. CHASING DREAMS! bc you dont want to look back on life thinking you would of, could of, should of done anything. When you are out there chasing your dreams and see them start coming to fruition its emotional. No point in attending school. If you really passionate about it you will be self taught. Charles Darwin once said. “I consider that all that I have learned of any value to be self-taught.”

Theres something special when preparation meets opportunity. Some may call it luck, but....

THE FOOLS IN LIFE WANT THINGS FAST AND EASY-MONEY, SUCCESS, ATTENTION. BOREDOM IS THEIR GREAT ENEMY AND FEAR. WHATEVER THEY MANAGE TO GET SLIPS THROUGH THEIR HANDS AS FAST AS IT COMES IN. YOU, ON THE OTHER HAND, WANT TO OUTLAST YOUR RIVALS. YOU ARE BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR SOMETHING THAT CAN CONTINUE TO EXPAND. TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN, YOU WILL HAVE TO SERVE AN APPRENTICESHIP. YOU MUST LEARN EARLY ON TO ENDURE THE HOURS OF PRACTICE AND DRUDGERY, KNOWING THAT IN THE END ALL OF THAT TIME WILL TRANSLATE INTO A HIGHER PLEASURE—MASTERY OF A CRAFT AND OF YOURSELF. YOUR GOAL IS TO REACH THE ULTIMATE SKILL LEVEL—AN INTUITIVE FEEL FOR WHAT MUST COME NEXT.

Understand: the real secret, the real formula for power in this world, lies in accepting the ugly reality that learning requires a process, and this in turn demands patience and the ability to endure drudge work. It is not sexy or seductive at first glance, but this truth is based on something real and substantial—an age-old wisdom that will never be overturned. The key is the level of your desire. If you are really after power and mastery, then you will absorb this idea deeply and engrave it in your mind: there are no shortcuts. You will distrust anything that is fast and easy. You will be able to endure the initial months of dull, repetitive labor, because you have an overall goal. This will prevent you from short-circuiting, knowing many things but mastering none of them. In the end, what you really will be doing is mastering yourself—your impatience, your fear of boredom and empty time, your need for constant fun and amusement. 

 

The following are five principal strategies for developing the proper relationship to process.

1. PROCESS THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR 

2. MASTER SOMETHING SIMPLE

3. INTERNALIZE THE RULES OF THE GAME

4. ATTUNE YOURSELF TO THE DETAILS

5. REDISCOVER YOUR NATURAL PERSISTENCE

 

Before even stepping foot into the unknown ask yourself why do I want to enter this field of interaction design. What is your guiding principle? Know thyself. "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou cans't not then be false to any man." I DO IT

-NOIXD


14 May 2012 - 3:18am
NOIXD
2010

You can do this and no one is going to stop you. You have found an endeavor worth pursuing, and you will passionately follow-through on that endeavor until it is complete. I DO IT

Now its time to be like the greatest hurdler that ever lived Sir Richard Branson and here is some inspiration. 

http://vimeo.com/36579366

-NOIXD

14 May 2012 - 6:06pm
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Hi Neil House,

This question has been asked 1000 times on this list, and recently too. You worded yours very well, certainly, and it's clear you're sincere. But how about a quick tour through the archives first?


Impatiently yours,
Liz

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