Career in UX

If you’re an experienced UX designer looking for further career advice, find yourself another story to read. However, if you’re considering to dive into this field, or you’re a newbie like me, let’s share our thoughts.

I’ve only entered the UX field for half a year, and very frankly I still haven’t quite figured it out.

My belief (I can be wrong here) is that user experience is a comprehensive journey from Suspect to Prospect, Lead and Client. So it seems that I should be doing marketing before actually looking into how to enhance actual user experience with the application.

Marketing is no magic. Merely focusing on marketing in ignorant of offering a great product will never be sustainable. So marketing should also design a product so awesome that that it can market itself.

Well, then it comes to the entire process of product design — which is doing user research, prototyping, testing, measuring feedback and looping through all these steps. During the process, you can’t assume everything can be or should be done given the balance between potential benefits and costs. So you have to constantly talk to the software engineers, front-end AND back-end, to look at the feasibility of your design.

After validating the product concepts, the build-measure-learn loop (as in the famous Lean Startup methodology) has to be iterated endlessly to keep up with, and ideally leading, the best user experience conceivable within your application.

So is it true that a UX designer is actually, in vague chronicle order, a researcher in idea development phase, a prototype builder to let “test users” play with the prototype, a data analyst to learn from the feedback of the prototype, a business analyst to consolidate business requirements, a product designer to design the functionalities and step-by-step flow of the product, a project manager to collaborate with engineers and business owners, and a marketer to sell the product. And your roles will repeat until the end of world…

If my thoughts on UX are correct, one way to put it is that UX is a comprehensive discipline. Another is that it is generic, a bit too generic to be called a specific profession.

Don’t get the wrong idea. Everything above seems interesting and I’d love to be involved in all of it. However, I’m merely afraid that I’ve got the wrong concept during my pursuit of a career in this field. My only concern: is that what UX really means?