The world of UI/UX is vast and a great way to enter the tech industry, if you consider yourself a creative problem solver who is empathetic to the needs and desires of others.
As a UI/UX designer, you would responsible for creating great user experiences on either mobile or web platforms. This will allow users to navigate a website or app easily and efficiently.
Within the umbrella of UI/UX, there are a plethora of other specialties that you can focus excel in, even without advanced design skills.
Take UX Researchers for example. Their daily duties include planning or conducting user research, conducting usability tests and crafting user stories & personas.
You can choose to specialize and work as UI Designer, UX architect, UX copywriter, UX analyst, UX strategist, and more.
Is UX design right for me?
Short answer is… YES! UX specialists are builders, creators and are very good at persuading, according to the Holland Framework of Personality Type. People in UX usually have certain traits across the board including good interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, a user-centric mindset and understanding of business metrics.
As a UX-er you should also be comfortable working with standard industry tools such as Sketch, Adobe XD, Figma, and Invision, and you can easily improve your proficiency with these tools with practice!
What does a UI/UX specialist make?
The median wage for UX designers is $65,000 to $80,000 USD as of 2020. This can change based on years of experience, your locations and the industry you work in. The projected outlook for UX designers is projected to increase by 22% by 2030.
How do I get started in UI/UX?
Step 1: Develop your Skills
To get started in this exciting field, you can either enroll in a university program, bootcamp or curate your own curriculum. First, you should decide with UX specialty you want to focus on, then find resources to supplement your knowledge accordingly.
There are resources, like skillio.net, that can assist you in developing the proper skill set for your desired role.
If you’re interested in developing your visual (UI) design skills, you can practice by doing daily design challenges using resources like DailyUI.co.
Step 2: Test your Industry Knowledge
Working on real projects is a great way to put your skills to the test.
The most important asset you have in your job search journey is your portfolio, so it’s important to make sure that your projects and case studies are unique and in-depth.
You can use Slack communities, like Side Projects, to connect with developers and product managers who are also looking to build their portfolios, and collaborate with them. This is also a great way to get real world experience, so you can speak to how you work on a team during an interview.
Another great way to test your skills is by volunteering your services pro-bono. By volunteering, you’ll also get a chance to make connections and learn how to work in a team while testing out your new skills.
Step 3: Join a Community
Whether it’s on Slack, Facebook Groups, Discord, or LinkedIn Groups. Joining a community is a great way to expand your network, stay motivated and stay updated on what’s happening in your new field.
Step 4: Find a Mentor
A mentor will be instrumental in making sure you stay on track, whether you’re self-taught or in a Bootcamp because even though everyone’s journey is different, they know exactly where you’re coming from and where you’re trying to go.
Step 5: Apply to Jobs
There are a lot that goes into acing the job process.
You can also use career assistance programs, like the BiT Career Club™, to help give your job search a competitive edge.
Step 6: Land your First Job!
Now that you’ve got a mentor, a new skill set, and some projects under your belt, you will be ready to decide whether you prefer freelancing or a full-time position.
If freelancing is your thing, you can use sites like Upwork or Fiverr to find freelance gigs to start making money with your new skills!
If you’ve finally landed an interview for your desired UI/UX position, congrats and best of luck! Check out our article on acing your interview to put your best foot forward and land that job!