The timing of starting this course could not be more impeccable. Truth is, I have been feeling pressured to declare which UXD specialty I want to pursue. Working at a company that most recently defined the value of user experience has resulted in wanting to understand it more. From bringing in large consulting services like PwC, local design agencies for design/content sourcing, and holistic conversations in regards to continuous delivery, roadmap planning, and defining roles and strengths.
At the time of my offer, my portfolio was a mere representation of what I have done to demonstrate my ability as a User Experience practioner. I didn’t necessarily realize the variance in specialties and simply defined UXD as a unicorn role based on multiple job descriptions with bullet points regarding: ability to drive conceptual design, develop design systems, communicate effectively with stakeholders, lead user testing, and working succinct with developers in implementation and testing.
Most recently, that mental model has shattered, values in roles were challenged. A UX researcher’s position was eliminated and I was asked if I want to design or lead (which may result in less designing.) Since starting this course, I’ve realized the value in becoming more aware of my specialty interest and feeling empowered to lead as I continue to learn. To remind others why UXD matters, to bridge internal and external gaps, to advocate for our users, to define, share, and celebrate the “Why?”