Freelance Graphic Designer to Full-time UX Designer - Meet Zaina!

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Zaina, a UXUI10 alumni, has secured a role as a UX designer at AQA! ๐Ÿฅณ

We had a chat with her to find out more about her journey from graduating from the UX/UI Design bootcamp, to securing her role at AQA.


So, Zaina...

How did you initially discover UX/UI design?

Following Love Circular on Twitter and Instagram as well as viewing related YouTube content.

What were you doing before UX/UI design, and how was the transition?

Freelance graphic design. I think being a freelance graphic designer impacted my transition into UXUI by making it fairly smooth; when it came to learning visual design and software such as Figma, the learning curve was fairly small and the only real skill set I had to focus on honing was user research.

Zaina designed an app to find reliable skincare advice and track your skincare routine ๐Ÿ’ก

โ€How has the job-hunting process been for you?

Initially I struggled due to being unsure how to structure my CV and portfolio. However, once I figured out both, it became significantly easier. I figured it out largely by looking at other examples of good portfolios, ย and slowly learning through a lot of interviews what recruiters look for specifically.

Which two things would you say most helped you land this role?

I would say having prior experience with start-ups and an emphasis on my process in my portfolio and case studies.

What has been the most exciting part of your job so far? How are you finding the day-to-day?

The most exciting part of my job so far has been collaborating with both the Campaigns and Digital Team; I'm finding my day to day engaging and not overwhelming.
My average days as a UX Designer so far have been pretty laidback; typically, I have meetings with both the Digital and Campaigns team within AQA as I act as a bridge between the two due to my specifically designing campaign landing pages.

Zaina redesigned the Fenty Beauty landing page to prioritise accessibility ๐Ÿ˜


Any advice to give students/alumni still job hunting or even just starting out?

Make a PDF portfolio instead of building a website, focus on process in your portfolio and case studies and make a visually engaging CV that showcases your design skills.
Also, networkย a lot.

Zaina also documents her work, case studies and journey into the world of UX/UI in her blog!๐Ÿ‘‡

Good luck in your new role Zaina! We'll be keeping up with your blog! ๐Ÿฅณ