Getting into UX: Finding your Design Work Environment

☁️ Intro

  1. Corporations 🏢
  2. Startups 🌱
  3. Agencies 🕵️‍♂️
  4. Labs/Incubators 🧪
  • Is there a solid product vision?
  • Are the processes well-defined?
  • Is there a clear hierarchy?
  • Will I have the opportunity to lead a project and make design decisions?
  • Will I have the opportunity to expand my skillset and learn many different things at a higher-level, instead of focusing on and refining a few skills?
  • Will I have the opportunity to focus on and refine a few skills, instead of learning many at a higher-level?
  • Will I have access to a mentor to aid me in my design decisions and career?
  • What will my compensation be?

🏢 Corporations

🌱 Startups

🕵️‍♀️ Agencies

🧪 Labs/Incubators

💡 Summary and Conclusion

  • In your job hunt, it may be important to consider the type of company you would like to work for depending on your learning goals.
  • 🏢 Corporations: Medium to high structure, low to medium ownership, varied breadth of skills, medium to high depth of skills, high mentorship, medium to high pay.
  • 🌱 Startups: Low to medium structure, high ownership, medium to high breadth of skills, low to medium depth of skills, low to medium mentorship.
  • 🕵️‍♀️ Agencies: Varied structure, medium to high ownership, low to medium breadth of skills, high depth of skills, varied mentorship, varied salary.
  • 🧪 Labs/Incubators: Medium structure, medium to high ownership, medium to high breadth of skills, low to medium depth of skills, varied mentorship, varied salary.
  • Every student experience is unique and the content of this article is a generalization based on a sample size from the University of Waterloo.

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