UX UI Where to start?
So you want to be a UX UI designer but you don't know how to dive in. Here are a couple of tips from a anxious designer from another.
Avoid the impostor syndrome
Be confident on what you do know and what you don't know. Nobody expects you to know it all, and if they do, RUN GIRL! The impostor syndrome is that feeling when you feel like you are in a position that you don't deserve. Trust me, all designers feel like that from time to time.
The key to overcome this feeling is to let it go. ( just like the song from Frozen) We all have room for improvement, remember that you don't need to know it all, you just have to have the passion to learn it.
Be a big Looky loo
Thank goodness that design is everywhere! My piece of advice here is look at your surroundings, when you do it often you start to realize the difference between a good and a bad design. Just like Don Norman and his doors!
Don't be afraid to show your work
We all have secret design projects but if you are looking for let the world know who you are as a designer you have to let go the fear of someone copying your work. Trust me, there will be
similar projects to yours and hardly ever you are going to design something that no one has seen ( even if you do I wouldn't recommend it because in UX unknown process tend to scare the user) so be out there and share with the world your talent, you can really grow as a designer because of it.
If you are looking for a job, the headhunter is your user
This isn't set in stone, the way headhunters look for a UX UI designer may change form one country from another but this helped me get my first job.
A headhunter has little to no idea what a UI UX designer is, so help them understand and get to know you in the easiest way possible. Use Youtube as the channel to upload your reel, have a PDF attached to your webpage and have all of this links available on your Linkedin.
It's going to be hard and you might get a couple of "No thank you" but don't be discouraged, you have what it takes to be a UX UI designer! You just have to keep trying.