After landing your first junior role in UX/UI and getting some experience under your belt, the next step is a Midweight UX/UI Designer role! But how do you get there? Let’s dive in.
Chances are, you have colleagues in more senior positions that were once - you guessed it - a junior just like you! Ask questions, enquire further and absorb as much valuable wisdom as you can from those in the positions you want to be in.
Take charge of your own growth by learning new skills and volunteering for different projects, especially the ones that will push and challenge you! Don’t sit back and wait to be assigned tasks, jump in and be proactive!
A key difference between a junior and a midweight designer is the level of ownership they have over their designs. Show that you can be responsible for larger projects!
Practice your skills regularly, especially the weaker areas, to sharpen and improve them. The more you do something the more confident you will feel about it and the better your work will be.
Constructive feedback is key to your growth and progression, don’t take it personally or be offended. Accept it, learn from it and apply it to future projects.
Stepping out of your comfort zone to try projects, tasks and processes you wouldn’t normally do will enlighten you to new aspects of the design process and accelerate your progress!
As a junior you are likely to be less sure of yourself and feel the need to pitch all your ideas. As a midweight designer you should have the confidence to decide for yourself which ideas are worthwhile and run with it. This confidence will come from a combination of the rest of these points as well as being able to adapt and work through bumps in the road.
Progressing as a designer can be more seamless within a nurturing and supportive environment. If your current environment isn’t working for you, speak to management about your concerns, try the steps we’ve mentioned and if it’s still not working, you might want to think about working somewhere else.
UX/UI is a broad and expanding field better described as a spectrum. The roles can generally be divided into 4 categories: Interface, Research, Information and Strategy.
Compared to Junior roles, Midweight roles begin to incorporate strategy into their responsibilities. At this level, you may also choose to specialise in customer experience or product strategy.
When working in your junior role, which is usually more broad and all-encompassing, there may be certain aspects of the design process that you prefer and would like to specialise in. This preference can guide your decision on the type of midweight role to pursue:
The exact responsibilities of each role may differ depending on the size and type of company you work for.
Midweight designers tend to be core contributors to projects, owning bigger pieces of the project and user flows
Here are some examples of things you may do as a Midweight UX/UI designer:
A survey by LinkedIn found that UX/UI designers are in the top 8 of the most in demand careers in the digital marketing field and UX design is in the top 5 in demand skills as of 2020
These industries are the top for hiring designers:
Pretty much any company with a digital product (website, app, online ads etc..) needs a UX/UI designer at some point so it’s possible to work for companies that combine with your other interests!
E.g. Visual Designer for ASOS, UX Copywriter for Spotify
Just like junior roles, midweight role job descriptions may still have a minimum number of years of experience as a requirement, however, as long as you can demonstrate the skills required in your portfolio and the experience you have, the years tend to be less important!
What about the money? How much can a Midweight UX/UI designer expect to earn?
Glassdoor has reported an average salary of:
£39,367 in the UK ($54,042 USD ; €46,608 EUR)