How To Successfully Change Your Career To UX Design
If you’re considering becoming a UX designer, congratulations! You’ve stumbled upon a career path that will fulfill and reward you. Not only can you make a positive impact on the world through great user experience, you can also set your career on a trajectory to new heights.
However, it can be challenging and confusing to figure out how to start changing your career to UX design. A simple web search to this effect will return hundreds of millions of results, including countless articles and resources, each one claiming to have the best advice for budding UX designers. As the saying goes, well begun is half done. So if you’re changing your career to UX, it’s important to choose the most appropriate strategies for your goals.
To help you start strong, we’ve partnered with Cory Lebson, author of The UX Careers Handbook and experienced UX consultant. In this Master Class webinar, you’ll learn:
- Frameworks for understanding UX skills and jobs
- How to choose what kind of UX professional to be—a consultant or in-house designer, generalist or specialist, freelancer or full-time employee
- Which fields or job roles do people commonly move to UX from
- What kind of jobs to target while making a move
- Whether a specific academic field of study or specific UX degree matters
- Whether you can reframe what you do now as UX
- How to build your knowledge resume, portfolio and experience before you have a UX job
- The critical value of storytelling as a UX professional and as a job search framework
- How to reframe your online brand and online presence as a UX professional
- Where to meet and network with UX professionals
- The value of volunteering your time for UX causes
Cory has—literally—written the handbook on switching your career to UX. Besides his own extensive experience in the field, Cory has helped aspiring UX designers to begin their dream careers for years. With his advice, no matter where you are on your journey in UX design, you can improve your prospects and set yourself up for success.
Even if you cannot attend the webinar live, register to get access to a recording that you can watch at your convenience!
Cory Lebson is a user experience consultant with over 20 years of experience. He is the Principal and Owner of Lebsontech LLC, an organization that is focused on user research and evaluation, user experience strategy and UX training.
Cory is the author of The UX Careers Handbook and is a LinkedIn Learning instructor. Cory also speaks frequently, has been featured on the radio and has also published a number of articles in a variety of professional publications.
Cory has an MBA in marketing and technology management, as well as an MA in sociology and a BS in psychology. Cory is a past president of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International and is also a past president of the DC Chapter of the UXPA.
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