In this edition of Ask UXmatters, our experts discuss whether UX professionals need to have degrees or certifications in areas of study relating to user experience to practice in the field and the value that they provide.
In my monthly column, Ask UXmatters, a panel of UX experts answers our readers’ questions about a broad range of user experience matters. To get answers to your own questions about UX strategy, design, user research, or any other topic of interest to UX professionals in an upcoming edition of Ask UXmatters, please send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, I celebrated my 11-year anniversary in user experience. Ten years is supposedly the time it takes to become an expert. Though I don’t necessarily feel like an expert, because I like to think that I’m still learning and gaining experience. Nevertheless, 11 years seems like a good point at which to reflect back on the things I’ve learned over my career and pass on some advice to those who are just getting started in the field of user research. Read More
This is a sample chapter from Matthew Magain and Luke Chambers’s new book, Get Started in UX: The Complete Guide to Launching a Career in User Experience Design. 2014 UX Mastery.
OK, now you know where you’re going … but where are you coming from?
Why Are You Here?
Your head may be spinning, either because you’re overwhelmed—or excited—by the prospect of what lies ahead.
Before we continue any further, it’s worth taking a few moments to reflect on why you want to begin a career in UX. As you’ll soon come to understand, the sheer amount of information that you’ll need to absorb is potentially overwhelming—although I’ll give you some strategies for dealing with this later. And there’s no shortcut in gaining project experience—that comes with time. This is a journey you’ll want to be embarking upon for the right reasons. Read More