Well, I am currently pursuing Masters degree in UX from UNCC and I am exploring everything I can in this field. As a newbie to this field, I recently have had a few expert opinions from people who are struggling in UX and also who are working full-time in UX.
For beginners, it is very necessary to start building a portfolio. Portfolios are a way to showcase your ideas, designs, projects etc. I have come across a few people who have even worked remotely for unpaid jobs and as freelance UX designers before going for their Masters or PhD programs. Past work experiences in UX helps you in making a strong portfolio as you will be possessing real hands-on projects.
Having said so, I would like to add that not everyone falls under the category of holding experience in the same field. Some ways to start with UX are:
Opting for UX-related certificates
Engaging in online UX courses offered on platforms like Udemy, Coursera etc.
As in my case, I have chosen UX courses in my first semester so that I have my college’s projects to present on my portfolio. Thus, I can start applying for internships. Although getting internships are really important but one shouldn’t miss a chance of getting any kind of learning experience, small or big. It can be working as Teaching Assistants under professors who have their research focussed in UX.
Also, it’s not necessary that you get your first job as a UX designer. You should be open to other UI-related positions as well. I say that because even though UX is a burgeoning field, most of the times companies ask for people who have a deep speciality experience in UX and so it becomes difficult for freshers.
As a UX designer you are expected to have a user-centric mindset. Some of the skills needed for being a UX Designer includes capability to:
Create prototypes, wireframes, personas and storyboards
Conduct user research and usability testing
Interpret user feedback
Some of the books that might help you in gaining a better understanding of UX Design are:
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
Designing interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell
Design. Think. Make. Break. Repeat.: A Handbook of Methods
There must be many others but these are the ones I have read and are pretty good.
Some of the most important industry tools that you should know are:
I hope this helps. It certainly helped me to boost my motivation! ;)
Have a great day!
Thanks Kritika for sharing your guidelines in a detailed fashion. Will definitely be helpful to people looking to get started in UX design fields.
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