If you follow me, you’ll know that I posted an article highlighting my awesome cohort from the General Assembly UX Design Immersive program. If you don’t follow me…well, what are you waiting for?
Nah, just playing don’t feel obligated to follow me, I’m just a person out here speaking my mind.
Anyways…I’ve reflected a lot on how to put my own UX story out there, but I feel it is still incomplete. For now, here’s my basic profile:
North Attleboro, MA
Honestly, I found UX by accident. One of my mom’s coworkers recommended I look into General Assembly a few years ago, but I was already going to school with the intent of studying Marketing. This January I was finishing up the final semester of my degree program and realized I didn’t want to go to school for another 2 years, so I looked back into G.A. UX wasn’t even on my radar at that moment, but as I was reading through the course offerings, UX Design stuck out to me (despite my reservations about that word design). I had an informational interview, and discovered that it was about problem solving, which really got me excited. From there, I was hooked and decided to take the plunge.
Generalist or Specialist?
I really enjoyed learning about the whole UX Design process, but UX Research, and especially Qualitative Research is what I latched onto during the program. I’ve always been naturally curious, and research is all about taking a deep dive and discovering what’s underneath the surface level. For every problem, there’s a why, and I aim to discover that information. That way, I can help make informed decisions that will benefit both users and whatever company/organization I work with.
Where do you see yourself in the UX world in 5 years?
I know there are plenty of people out there that say to speak your dreams into existence, so here we go:
In 5 years, I see myself either leading a research team, or as an independent researcher in the UX world. I look at people like Indi Young, and think “wow, I’d like to have that job someday.” Either way, I want to have a positive impact on the people and world around me, and help motivate people to be better.
Also, I’d love to do research in the AR/VR sphere, because I believe it can be an influential medium of communication as we move into the future.
Advice for those looking into the bootcamp experience?
Yeah, my advice would be to do your research so you can make the best decision for yourself. Ironically, I did almost no research before my cohort started in June, so I was kind of diving into the deep end. It worked for me, but going all in has kind of always been my style, and I don’t recommend it to everyone.
Truly embrace making connections. We’re all trying to get through this life and for me, it’s always been better when you have people with whom you can share experiences. There are so many people in the UX world who are willing to share information, so don’t hesitate to reach out to alumni of different bootcamps to hear about their experiences.