Dealing with Job-Hunting Failures and Setbacks

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When I taught UX Design, I would tell my students that looking for a job was a matter of just applying daily, keeping at it! Through planning and sheer willpower you can ensure you are making all possible efforts. And then one day, as I realized I needed to get out of my current job, I began actively looking for … Read More

For Designers: 10 Takeaways for Your Better Future

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In May, I just finished teaching the finest students at UX Design Immersive class at General Assembly in Santa Monica.   In a rigorous 10 week time period, I saw students transform (what I call an “identity” level shift), from not knowing what UX really was about, to being full fledged UX designers.  They got to work with clients and … Read More

8 Tips for Acing Your Next UX Interview

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Impressing Someone During a UX Interview

I have been on both ends of ux interviews.  I know, from experience, that interviewing can be nerve recking and challenging.  After all, you are selling yourself! Over time, I’ve adopted a few healthy mindsets that have helped me through the challenges of interviewing.  I hope they help you too. 1.  HR is paying a LOT of money to find … Read More

Facing UX Career Uncertainty

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Where are you going to be in 5-10 years? I hate that question! Yes, I have been struggling with figuring out my UX career path and it’s not an easy course. Life is about change and movement – and staying stagnant doesn’t resonate with the ambitious. Looking into the future and creating a vision for yourself is what proactive people … Read More

Practice what you preach, preach what you practice

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I had a good conversation with my manager today at work about confidence.  Being good at what you do, diversifying your skill set, growing and adding to your portfolio – helps prove to yourself, that you are a great designer.  And that sort of confidence carries itself when you interview and when you socialize with people you work with. Indeed, … Read More

True Leaders Don’t Chase Success

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There is one thing I’ve learned from working at big companies like Fox, Microsoft, Myspace, Yahoo, and Sony: Change is unpredictable. Sometimes you’ll have a great year and BAM! Layoffs and you’re gone. OR…you’ll be working around the clock for a project and BAM! You get a low performance review from your manager. Or your project is going well and … Read More

Adopt a “Craftsman” mindset

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It’s only been a week since I’ve read Cal Newport’s “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” but I feel like I’ve been telling my friends about the book FOREVER.  I absolutely LOVE the book.  It’s brought so much clarity to me – as I have been very confused on where the next step in my career will be. Personally, I … Read More