3 Months of UX in Sydney

Thanks to my employer Pegasystems, I spent last three months in Sydney. Here is an article about my work-life experience in Australia.

My short mission was to help clients deliver great experiences for both customers and back-office employees. Other than delivering, I was here to build internal knowledge about design and user experience.

Note: This article was release in May 2016 on my LinkedIn. I decided to move all articles to Medium.

The state of UX in Sydney

One thing that struck me was the hunger and excitement when business and technical teams saw UX consultant coming in. Some of our clients never had an on-site user experience designer. A professional who would be able to understand their situation and suggest a tailored plan to become more strategic about their product design and delivery. They were very welcoming and excited to get things going.

Transport for New South Wales’ office

It reminds me the time when I moved to the UK in 2011 and start-ups were craving for the new thing called user experience. They liked the idea of it and wanted to know more to gain competitive advantage.

Macquarie Bank’s office

Personally, I love getting enterprises up to speed with customer-centric thinking. My recommendation for anyone who wants to start enterprise UX career in Australia is to do it now. Corporate clients see the benefits of design thinking. They can mature quickly by putting customers in the centre of what they do. If you are interested in reading more about why I think designing for enterprise clients is good for your UX career, check this out.

Life in Sydney

Sydney is one of the most beautiful harbour cities. Its weather and beaches make it a favourite destination for many people from all around the world. The average summer-autumn temperatures are between 20 to 26°C. As you get into the city, you soon find this place is a multinational and cultural hub.

What I appreciate about Sydney is the number of parks and beaches easily accessible by walk or public transport. If you are tired of the big city life, there is always a way to get out and enjoy the calm moments in nature.

Sydney has dozens of national parks like Royal National Park or Blue Mountains where you rarely meet a person if you stay away from the main path. Beaches like Manly or Maroubra are also fantastic places to relax or actively enjoy your time off.

Restaurant options are also really good — and Asian cuisine in Sydney is simply exceptional. If you visit in the summertime, barbecue outside is a must though. There are many public areas in Sydney that allow you to host a BBQ party with friends and family.

I found the work-life balance in Sydney very good. How do you feel about Sydney? Would you like to move there for a short or long while?

Here are some pictures I captured along the way.