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Beginner UX Designer to-do list

In parallel to my primary occupation as the CEO of LET ME, I am leading UX design courses once in a while. Last year it was three half-year courses with junior designers.
Following the main dish – all subjects that have to be studied, I am adding my proprietary part – a to-do list after the course has finished.
The following is the abstract. Ask me in PM to get the original presentation if you want to learn more.

Learn the types of positions on the market. 
A significant difference exists between being a designer in a project studio, a big corporate, and a product company. It is so different on many levels: the pace, the variety, and the possibilities to learn something new and build yourself. The latest designer will learn more in a project studio because of the number of projects, the variety, and the way projects are delivered. On the other hand, the compensation and the stability would be better in a big corporate or an established production company.

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Learn about the other professions around you.
You are not in a void. The designer must know the stakeholders, marketing/monetization professionals, product managers, project managers, scrum masters, copywriters, etc.
It is vital to meet them and understand their constraints and motivations. Establish a common language and practices with them.

Learn a bit about Agile.
In most cases, you are planning to be a part of a team delivering under the Agile paradigm. You won’t be a SCRUM master after one day, but it never hearts to understand the basics and the jargon.

Promote yourself on LinkedIn and social media.
I don’t take LinkedIn as a social media but as a professional networking platform. There are different ways to deal with Facebook and Instagram. Please take advantage of seeing others and how they do their promotion. It is very iterative, and you will find your way.

Get to know job-searching platforms.
Learn what is relevant for your market and Country. Choose not more than two, and use them accordingly.

Don’t skip meetups.
A fantastic way of meeting people, listening to exciting cases…and getting free pizza. Don’t be shy. You came here to meet people, not to stand aside.

Follow professionals and groups.
There are many engaging professional groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. (I am familiar with platforms like Behance but do not find them effective). Follow designers on TikTok. I know, I do.

Make an effort to create a good portfolio.
I will probably make a separate post on how to, but in the abstract, you must remember that your portfolio is a digital product. Think about it this way, research, prototype, and make it useful and usable for your “personas.” Do things you have learned in your course!

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