Friends — It is with much excitement that I get to share a project, The UX Careers Handbook, that I have been involved in for the past year.
Back in early 2015, Cory Lebson—the author of The UX Careers Handbook—approached me about writing a chapter for a comprehensive UX career resource that he was compiling. It was Cory’s vision to create an anthology that goes in-depth to explain what it takes to get into and succeed in a UX career, be it as a designer, information architect, strategist, user researcher, or in a variety of other UX career specialties.
Only one word came to mind when this request came in and it was “Yes!” The User Experience (UX) industry in general is misunderstood, as its shape and form looks different within each organization (based on what its offerings, culture, and supporting resources look like). Cory’s book seeks to dimensionalize UX as a profession and the different skill sets that UX teams need to invest in to properly show up and perform as UX professionals.
The UX Careers Handbook is now officially available for purchase — Yay! My personal contribution to this handbook, “UX For Market Researchers,” can be found on page 194. Topically I explore how the skill sets of market researchers can add value to the UX domain.
I feel honored to have shared this journey with so many talented individuals, including contributors such as Tracey Lovejoy, John Payne, Jessica Peterson, Kevin Lee and so many others. This handbook is an excellent resource for:
Employers and recruiters who want to better understand how to hire and retain UX staff.
Undergraduate and graduate students who are thinking about their future careers.
Individuals in other related (or even unrelated) professions who are thinking of starting to do UX work.
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