I write about human-centric management on Human+Business, Product Designer @ Anywhr, Co-Founder @ Hubblic, CS @ Goldsmiths, UOL

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I took these 5 steps to negotiate for more.

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Three months ago, I was hired as a UI/UX Designer for a travel startup despite having no experience or formal training. Within a few weeks, I ran a design exercise to ideate with the team for a full feature. I was fortunate enough to be hired during this period, but the internship pay isn’t enough to feed me whilst juggling a computer science major.

Hence, after three months (give or take), I decide to ask the founder for a pay raise — specifically, a 20% increase.

The reality is, pay raises don’t just fall into your lap like that. It is natural for companies to not reward you for the good work you did, and fixed pay increments are usually minuscule to boot. You may be loyal to the company, and you might even dream of moving Trello cards to the “In Review” list when you sleep (I’m guilty of this), but the company doesn’t know that. …


I empowered myself by running a design workshop

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Man pointing at whiteboard full of post-it notes during a meeting
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Two years ago, I was hired as a solo UI/UX Designer for a proptech startup. Today, I’m back in the startup world as a UI/UX Designer, this time for a travel startup, and I was hired while in the midst of a pandemic-stricken labour market. I was trusted despite my obvious lack of experience—an achievement to be proud of, but it has formed one of my biggest hurdles professionally.

Lacking formal education and armed with only one certificate in design thinking, I felt overpaid and underworked. Did I deserve to get hired during this period when there are so many others who are better? …


Five things I did to get hired during Covid-19.

A bird’s-eye view of a desk with an iMac, a MacBookPro, and papers scattered across the table.
A bird’s-eye view of a desk with an iMac, a MacBookPro, and papers scattered across the table.
Photo by UX Store on Unsplash

Two years back, I got hired as a solo UI/UX Designer for a proptech startup. It was a pre-seed startup where everything was so early; I might as well call myself a founder at that point. It began with general user research, then moving into designing the product to raise angel funding.

From wireframing to launching locally, it was a constant uphill battle as I struggled with not just my lack of experience, but a lingering imposter’s syndrome that incrementally bugged me after I left the company. …

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