Join Cory Lebson for an in-depth discussion in this video User research, part of Planning a Career in User Experience.
- When we talked about each of the UX careers…that fall into the design bucket,…there was a clear pattern.…Each of these UX career pathways…is centered solidly on the understanding…of the intended audience groups…such that whatever is designed…will appropriately meet their needs.…While these design careers may, in fact,…include data gathering to help with that understanding,…often that job falls to people like me,…practitioners called user researchers…who dedicate a much larger piece of their UX work…to finding out more about users…and their usage of products.…
In fact, this is the UX bucket that is nearest to my heart…and has been the center point of my own UX career…for the past 20-plus years.…A user researcher needs to understand…not only users and usage,…but also the business goals and capabilities…of what can be created.…A user researcher will then use this holistic understanding…to evaluate interface, often by involving…actual or representative users in research studies.…These activities are not simply an academic exercise.…
In this course, UX expert Cory Lebson breaks down the sub-disciplines of user experience (the trifecta of design, research, and strategy), so you can learn about the different jobs that align with your strengths and passions. Cory helps you understand job responsibilities as well as the benefits of working full-time for a company vs. consulting or freelancing. With his guidance, you can create a more compelling resume and portfolio package and make sure that you properly brand yourself as a UX professional.
This course offers focused career advice for job seekers, tips for recruiters and employers who want to better understand UX, and a necessary framework for grad/undergrad students exploring the next step in their career. Along the way, Cory highlights training in the library to build specific UX skills.
- What is UX?
- Should you be a UX generalist or a specialist?
- Available UX career types: design, research, and strategy
- Working in-house, consulting, or freelancing
- Telling a story with a portfolio and resume
- Working with recruiters