UXPA UK Careers Event
The UXPA careers event which Zebra People went to a few nights ago was very interesting, not only was it great to see junior candidates eager to land their first role in UX, but we also got to mix with some well-known industry clients such as Ticketmaster, Just Eat and Foolproof.
Our intention was to carry out a portfolio clinic where we would be on hand to provide advice and give feedback on portfolios. The type of candidate we saw was diverse, from a policeman to a teacher; this really highlighted the variety of backgrounds from which candidates are breaking into the UX market. What I found beneficial was gaining insight into the struggle candidates have when trying to illustrate their abilities through their portfolio and just how hard it is to get the right experience needed to secure that first role…
If you too are experiencing this then see Zebra’s top tips below:
1. Show your process
The most important thing to remember when designing your UX portfolio is to show your UX process throughout the entire case study – however keep it concise! The hiring manager won’t want to read through pages of information.
2. Personal projects / pro-bono work
If you want to stand out from the others – get some commercial experience. Try local businesses, restaurants or even a charity and offer your services as a UX Designer, get some industry experience and add another case study to your portfolio!
Look out for Zebra Peoples ZFC portfolio clinics which are being held at our offices soon, we’ll keep you posted with further details, or if you want to know more – get in touch Shira@zebrapeople.com