Around this time last year, I graduated from college with an engineering degree, sleep deprivation, and a dream: to get a job as a user experience designer. Finding a job was a process filled with rejection and doubt, but I never gave up on following my passion. And I’m happy to report it paid off — I am now part of Fuzzy Math’s amazing team (shoutout to Mark and Ben for giving me this great opportunity).
If you are like me and fell in love with the idea of going to work everyday and using creativity and empathy to solve interesting problems, you might be wondering how you too can land your dream job. What I learned through my job search process is this: there is no one fool-proof way to land that UX design job. When I first came to Fuzzy Math, I asked all my coworkers how they got here and although each person has a very unique background (chemical engineering, graphic design, and web development to name a few), I noticed a few key similarities in their narrative. Each person had an unrelenting passion for what they were doing and had worked really hard to get here.
Throughout my journey, I desperately sought out any advice I could get from people already in the place I wanted to be. I valued anyone who would answer my LinkedIn messages and cool people willing to let me buy them coffee to hear their stories. Now surrounded by people who inspire me, I decided to pick their brains about UX. Hopefully this article can provide a little guidance to those trying to get into the field, or at the least gives an interesting insight into the challenges and great rewards of being in this profession that we here at Fuzzy Math are so passionate about.