Calling all UX peeps

Yesterday I mentioned a discussion I was involved with on Facebook in which someone on the board of UXPA Boston suggested that I could organize a program for UX newbies and career changers.

I’m really pleased by this idea, and very glad she suggested it. However, before I bring my ideas to the board and get advice and help, I want to have slightly more clue than I currently have.

So, research!

The best way I can think of to get more clue is to talk to people in the UX space. I’d like to talk to other people who are new, people who do the hiring, and people who are working in UX with other UX team members.

UX Job Seekers

Based on my instincts and some of the suggestions on the FB discussion, I suspect people trying to get into UX full-time struggle with:

  1. Getting experience
  2. How to best structure their portfolio and resume
  3. Becoming known to companies

Some off-the cuff ideas of ways to help with these:

  1. Internships, co-ops, programs like Outreachy/Google’s Summer of Code/akamai’s technical academy, mentorship, apprenticeship, small multi-person design projects, and UX hackathons
  2. Finding mentors, having get-togethers to review portfolios and resumes (among each other), and developing sustainable ways to get feedback from hiring managers
  3. Things that I listed in option #1, company visits, and informational interviews

UX Hiring Managers

I have a lot of interesting ideas above, but I would need to know more about what hiring managers are looking for to understand what would be most useful.

For example, in an ideal world, what do hiring managers want to see from candidates? What would be most useful to determine if they want to take a chance on someone? What do they want to see them do, have done, or be interested in doing? What do they _not_ want to see? What do they struggle with figuring out, but very much want in their employees?

People currently on UX teams

Of course, not only do I need to know what hiring managers look for, but I’d like to better understand what people look for in their co-workers.

Such as, what do UXers find most useful when working with other UXers? What do they especially dislike? How well do their hiring practices seem to tease these out? What do you most appreciate in your co-workers?

How can you help?

If you are in UX, or trying to get into UX, talk to me! Comment or email me!