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Career Growth Tips: Ui/ux Design

February 08, 2023

Career growth doesn’t happen by accident. 
Approach your design career strategically. 
There is a 4-step process I recommend:

1. Understand the core skills 
2. Assess your current level 
3. Describe where you want to be 
4. Set goals

1. UNDERSTAND THE CORE SKILLS 
I like to split the competencies into two areas: Technical and Collaborative.

Technical competencies include: 
• User research: understand user needs, behaviors, and motivations through various research methods. 
• Information architecture: organize and structure information to improve usability. 
• Prototyping and user testing: create prototypes to test and validate concepts. 
• Visual design: create visually appealing designs that meet usability and accessibility standards.

Collaborative competencies include: 
• Product thinking: develop a collaborative process for understanding problems relying on input from users and internal stakeholders. 
• Articulation: clearly express design concepts and ideas verbally and in writing. 
• Presentation: present designs effectively to stakeholders and team members, providing context and insight into the decision-making process.
• Negotiation: help everyone involved in a design project to reach agreements and make acceptable compromises. 
• Feedback: able to receive and provide constructive criticism and incorporate feedback into the design process. 
• Cross-functional teamwork: work effectively with individuals from various departments, such as engineering, marketing, sales and product.

2. ASSESS YOUR CURRENT LEVEL 
Take all the above competencies and list them (Figjam link in the comments). Under each competency, add tasks you’ve worked on and rate your competency level according to the scale below (0 if there are no tasks). 
0: I have never done this 
1: Beginner - I understand the theory but have no experience 
2: Junior - With guidance, I’m able to do the basics 
3: Mid-level - I can do this on my own 
4: Senior - I could show others how to do this 
5: Expert - I’m optimizing the process and finding better ways to work

3. DESCRIBE WHERE YOU WANT TO BE 
Create a “career manifesto”, a written statement outlining your beliefs, values, and ambitions related to your work. Here’s how I approach this for design leadership: https://lnkd.in/dJEpfa6b. Think about what you want to be doing two years from now. For a long-lasting and fulfilling career, focus on the areas that you find interesting and enjoyable.

4. SET GOALS 
Set specific, achievable, time-constrained goals—eg. Perform three user tests with five participants per test before the end of the year—that will help you get closer to the career ambitions you set out in the previous step.

If you have a mentor or manager you trust, get them to work on this with you. Be honest, but not too hard on yourself! In the words of Shunryu Suzuki: “each of you is perfect the way you are...and you can use a little improvement”.Career growth doesn’t happen by accident. 
Approach your design career strategically. 
There is a 4-step process I recommend:

1. Understand the core skills 
2. Assess your current level 
3. Describe where you want to be 
4. Set goals

1. UNDERSTAND THE CORE SKILLS 
I like to split the competencies into two areas: Technical and Collaborative.

Technical competencies include: 
• User research: understand user needs, behaviors, and motivations through various research methods. 
• Information architecture: organize and structure information to improve usability. 
• Prototyping and user testing: create prototypes to test and validate concepts. 
• Visual design: create visually appealing designs that meet usability and accessibility standards.

Collaborative competencies include: 
• Product thinking: develop a collaborative process for understanding problems relying on input from users and internal stakeholders. 
• Articulation: clearly express design concepts and ideas verbally and in writing. 
• Presentation: present designs effectively to stakeholders and team members, providing context and insight into the decision-making process.
• Negotiation: help everyone involved in a design project to reach agreements and make acceptable compromises. 
• Feedback: able to receive and provide constructive criticism and incorporate feedback into the design process. 
• Cross-functional teamwork: work effectively with individuals from various departments, such as engineering, marketing, sales and product.

2. ASSESS YOUR CURRENT LEVEL 
Take all the above competencies and list them (Figjam link in the comments). Under each competency, add tasks you’ve worked on and rate your competency level according to the scale below (0 if there are no tasks). 
0: I have never done this 
1: Beginner - I understand the theory but have no experience 
2: Junior - With guidance, I’m able to do the basics 
3: Mid-level - I can do this on my own 
4: Senior - I could show others how to do this 
5: Expert - I’m optimizing the process and finding better ways to work

3. DESCRIBE WHERE YOU WANT TO BE 
Create a “career manifesto”, a written statement outlining your beliefs, values, and ambitions related to your work. Here’s how I approach this for design leadership: https://lnkd.in/dJEpfa6b. Think about what you want to be doing two years from now. For a long-lasting and fulfilling career, focus on the areas that you find interesting and enjoyable.

4. SET GOALS 
Set specific, achievable, time-constrained goals—eg. Perform three user tests with five participants per test before the end of the year—that will help you get closer to the career ambitions you set out in the previous step.

If you have a mentor or manager you trust, get them to work on this with you. Be honest, but not too hard on yourself! In the words of Shunryu Suzuki: “each of you is perfect the way you are...and you can use a little improvement”.


Feb 10, 2023 at 12:52 AM
Awesome
Feb 11, 2023 at 09:27 AM
Make you no dey siddon look make career grow, you suppose plan am well. Person wey sabi, talk say make you follow these four steps:

Sabi di things wey you need to sabi
Check your level
Describe where you wan reach
Feb 15, 2023 at 08:48 PM
Thanks for this information 🙂
Feb 16, 2023 at 01:05 PM
Thanks for the wonderful piece
Awesome 👍
Feb 17, 2023 at 01:06 AM
Prince how far na ???? 🙏🙏
Jun 28, 2023 at 01:08 PM
[Reply] alade said:
Feb 15, 2023 at 08:48 PM
Thanks for this information 🙂
Abii
Feb 20, 2024 at 07:27 PM
Like
Feb 27, 2024 at 02:16 AM
I've been meaning to start UI/UX, but I don't know where to begin, I started thinking that I couldn't do it. Thanks to this now I have more confidence that I can actually do it