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How do I actually land a job or an internship after completing Coursera's Design Courses?

  • 17 August 2019
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Hello!

I have a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and since I graduated in June 2019, I have been looking for opportunities in UX Design. Even before graduating, I have had dreams of becoming a UX Designer. To Achieve that goal, I got myself enrolled in Interaction Design Specialization. After completing 7 courses, I applied the concepts that I learnt in the courses in my final year project and designed an interface for "Smart Energy Meter". After graduating from college, I finished the capstone project that was the 8th course in the specialization. After completing the specialization and building a portfolio with 2 projects, the questions that keeps ringing in my mind are:

"Where do I go from here?"
"How do I use what I have learned so far to land even an unpaid internship or a job?"
"Is this even enough to start a job?"

Please I need direction on this. I am thinking of starting the UI/UX specialization by CalArts.

What should I do? I really need hands on experience in industry.
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Best answer by Sasha 18 August 2019, 17:42

Hi Deepak,

Make sure everyone you know knows what you're interested in doing, especially your more "distant" contacts (i.e. the people you don't spend a lot of time with). Those are the people are most likely to know people that you don't. I also did the Interaction Design specialty, and when I landed a job it was because a friend on Facebook contacted me and said "hey, aren't you looking for something in UX? Our UX team is hiring..."

Also, bring your enthusiasm to the interviews. I brought my paper prototype from my IXD project and gave them a Wiz of Oz demo, and I think it helped me stand out. My now-manager has also since told me that what convinced her was when I talked about wanting to get to know users and understand their needs. The question in her mind was "is she here for the right reasons?" I.e. do I really care about users and not just that UX is hot right now. When I talked about getting closer to users (my previous job was server side programming), that told her the answer to her question was "yes".

Best of luck!

Sasha
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Hello Deepak,

You may follow below mentioned steps to get your first job / internship:

  1. Make a list of companies that you want to work with.
  2. Go through their websites and get to know more about them.
  3. Go to LinkedIn; find out people who works on that company. Specially the people who recruits UX/UI Designers.
  4. Get connected with them and let them know that you're interested to work with them; send your portfolio, with their consent.
  5. Meanwhile, feel free to apply everywhere that you feel like applying. Just start applying! NOW!
YES! It's more than enough to start your first job. Most of the people form the UI/UX field actually get to learn about things properly after joining their first job and all. Practical knowledge here is more important than the theoretical knowledge, I would say. Therefore, it's high time that you start applying for the internships or junior level jobs.

Please be noted, not all companies would reply to your email; not all the recruiters would accept your connection request on LinkedIn; however, don't get demotivated. Please! Keep applying to random places. You would eventually find a suitable company for you...

All the best!
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Thank you @asifMojtoba
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I recommend searching for networking events. The events would be for people focused in UX research. I would recommend finding these events on Eventbrite.com or meetup.com or also on Facebook.com/events.
If you share your passion for UX/UI with people face to face you are in a better place of meeting a recruiter or an Engineer willing to offer you a referral to work for their company.
Spend 85% of your time networking. This will save you much more time than applying on company’s website and receiving auto-reply rejection responses. If you need to apply on websites, spend only 10% of your time doing so.
All the best in your search!
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Hi Deepak,

Make sure everyone you know knows what you're interested in doing, especially your more "distant" contacts (i.e. the people you don't spend a lot of time with). Those are the people are most likely to know people that you don't. I also did the Interaction Design specialty, and when I landed a job it was because a friend on Facebook contacted me and said "hey, aren't you looking for something in UX? Our UX team is hiring..."

Also, bring your enthusiasm to the interviews. I brought my paper prototype from my IXD project and gave them a Wiz of Oz demo, and I think it helped me stand out. My now-manager has also since told me that what convinced her was when I talked about wanting to get to know users and understand their needs. The question in her mind was "is she here for the right reasons?" I.e. do I really care about users and not just that UX is hot right now. When I talked about getting closer to users (my previous job was server side programming), that told her the answer to her question was "yes".

Best of luck!

Sasha
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@Sasha Thank you for answering my question. I got an interview scheduled on Wednesday, I'm planning to do a heuristic evaluation of the company's website today and present my views to the recruiter during interview. I guess this would make the recruiter believe that I'm really passionate about UX Design. What else do you think could create an impact?
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@Murzafa Thank you for answering my question. I would definitely try doing that
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@Deepak Good luck with the interview!!! -Kai
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@Deepak Good luck with the interview!!! -Kai
Thanx @Kai Dailey

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