It comes off as really tone deaf to write these long platitudes on the value of real life UX career experience, and then be totally unwilling to work with anyone “junior” or provide any real-life advice on how to actually get hired.
While the points this article makes are all well and good and in line with what very experienced…
April Steed
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Hi April Steed. Thanks for your thoughtful response.

I totally can empathize with the idea that early in your career, you don’t have experience and it’s frustrating that employers want experience. I experienced this when I was just starting out as well … along with everyone wanting me to know Flash :o) One thing I found helpful was to write about UX on my blog which I started back in 2005 (I think). This forced me to think through design observations I had and I would also create designs to help communicate ideas. This lead to some client work and also helped in lieu of a large portfolio of work. It’s important to show your work, but it’s also important to show you can think like a designer and communicate those ideas.

As for industry people who are more senior being more active in supporting newcomers, I hear you. I am trying to currently do this in two ways. First, I am always writing about UX in my weekly UX newsletter www.sarahdoody.com/ux-newsletter as well as on my blog www.sarahdoody.com/blog. Second, I am prototyping some courses right now to help UX people get more hands on practice two of them are here: www.sarahdoody.com/beyondux101 as well as www.sarahdoody.com/uxresearchworkshop

This isn’t an easy problem to solve, but know that because of the overwhelming response to this post on Medium Dan Maccarone and I are thinking about how to organize around tackling this.

Happy for any more thoughts or ideas you have.

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