Christina Wodtke: A Letter To The Newly Minted Designer
I get a lot of emails from new designers asking, “Where should I start?” Getting that first job is the hardest thing in UX, because it requires you to find someone willing to take a chance on you.
But if you do find that someone, you can learn great things from your experience.
I tell new designers to go work for an agency right away because you get a lot of brands on your resume, and you learn how to do things fast. Agencies are always on deadline, and that’s a good thing for learning time management. Not everyone agrees, but it’s a good discussion point.
Christina Wodtke covers this in a blog post over at Elegant Hack. It is a great read.
Consulting makes you a fox, inhouse makes you a hedgehog. Big companies teach you to focus on your craft, little companies teach you how to run a business. It is incredibly useful for you, you designer, to try out as many as you can. You will learn a huge number of tools, and you will learn about yourself. And then you can make some choices about what you want to do.
My final piece of advice: ignore all of this if you fall in love. You see a company you adore, you frigging join it. Because you are young and you have a get-out-of-jail-free card while you don’t have a spouse and kids and a mortgage. You cannot ruin your life unless you get thrown in jail, or alienate everyone by being a jerk (and I’m not even sure about the second, thinking of a few CEO’s I know).
There is no bad choice for you, there is only your choice. I just recommend you give yourself a chance and find out what you love.
$99 Tough Love Resume and Portfolio Review
Tough love. Great Advice. Receive an one hour portfolio review and career coaching session online, or in person if you're in Seattle.
Other Posts On Usability Counts
- Six Questions For The Newly Graduated Designer
- A Great Way To Get Experience As An Interaction Designer? Intern.
- Become a Better Designer In Less Than An Hour: Four Ways
- Jenn Francine: 10 Things You Wanted To Know To Use Social Media, But Your Mom Never Told You
- LukeW: It’s a Great Time To Be a Designer