Case study

UX designer — Anya

Anya enjoyed the user experience unit within her degree and used her knowledge to impress her future employer at a graduate fair

How did you get your job as a UX designer?

I attended a graduate fair at Manchester Metropolitan University. I spotted the 'UX' title on an AutoTrader stand and went over to ask a few questions. After applying online I attended a one-day interviewing process and also a second-stage interview.

What's a typical day like?

I work across five different squads, which each have a daily stand-up meeting to discuss the work going on that day. I will usually attend the ones relevant to my current work.

The day then consists of meeting with stakeholders to find out what needs researching, designing or usability testing. Then it's on to sketching, wire framing and prototyping designs ready to be passed onto our UI designer or for me to go and test with users. I carry out user testing with consumers in our usability lab or by visiting our customers.

The day consists of sketching and researching at my desk, meeting our consumers and carrying out usability testing in our lab or going out to visit our customer in their environment.

What do you enjoy about your UX designer job?

I really enjoy the testing side of my job, meeting different people and understanding how they think. Working in this sector the best things are the huge community around UX and digital, there are so many different meet ups, conferences and blogs all dedicated to the industry.

What are the most challenging parts?

I find stakeholder management the most challenging, in the sense that there are quite a few people that need to be kept up to date and have their requirements met.

How has your role developed?

I started as a graduate UX designer and moved up to professional level, so I now have more responsibility.

I would like to continue to progress in the UX world. I'd also like to spend some more time researching psychology so I have a better understanding of the usability testing side.

How relevant is your degree to your job?

One of the units I studied was user experience, so my degree was very relevant.

What advice would you give to others?

I would say to go to as many of the meet-ups and conferences as you can to see what people in the industry are doing.

There is a daily email you can sign up for called Side Bar, which sends out around five links to different design, UX and tech blogs that are always a good read.

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