Naomi, a designer from our UXUI3 cohort, has secured her very first UX/UI role as a Product Designer! 🥳
We caught up with her to find out more about her journey from a career in teaching to the newest Product Designer on the block!
My background is in music. I graduated in 2019 with a degree in Popular Music and Recording and then I wanted to pursue a career in teaching. After joining a teaching agency I realised that teaching was not the career for me despite my love for working with kids and watching them learn.
I discovered UX/UI whilst browsing twitter during lockdown. I was inspired by the #dailyui challenges. Love Circular seemed to pop up on my timeline quite regularly and I was very impressed by the standard of work. After booking my initial call with Kieran to enquire I was very excited to join LC and start my journey into UX/UI design.
I started applying for UX/UI roles properly in August and I landed a role early October after 3 interviews including a white boarding challenge.
My Whiteboard challenge was a take home brief in which I was told to spend no longer than 2 hours on. I spent way over the suggested time because I needed to stand out as a candidate. I did research, created user journeys, mind maps and high-fidelity mockups.
I was not going to apply to the role as it said 2 years experience minimum. However the head of product design at the company encouraged me to apply anyway!|
(Spoiler alert: She got the Job!)
The senior product designer really encouraged me to apply and I was very transparent when telling them that I did not have any professional experience but I love to learn and up-skill. My portfolio and whiteboard challenge also showed my skills as a designer and researcher.
Interviews are nerve wracking in general but the more you prepare yourself and practice the more confident you appear to the interviewer.
My advice to any alumni/current students starting their job hunt is to apply regardless of experience, ultimately my company hired me because they believed I was a good culture fit (A lot of them are musicians and love pets like me!). Also, they have a training budget and really value up-skilling and career progression which I mentioned in my interview.
See more of Naomi's case studies and amazing designs, via her portfolio below👇
We’re wishing Naomi all the best in her new role! You’ll smash it! 🎉👏