The primary issue you will see in the UX field is the need for UX professionals to not only have to be skilled in UX but also in selling the need for UX. Did you notice that through out Rocket Surgery Made Easy and the “what is UX video” I posted, most of the information is orientated toward why UX is useful and should be embraced. Best stated by my UX professor, “people don’t see how important UX is to the bottom-line”.
Patrick, a classmate of mine expanded upon this by saying,
This phenomena brings about a paradox in which there is a struggle to make progress in the field because, the very people that we have to convince that there is value in UX are the ones dictating the structure of our education. Our field its then directly influenced by them. With a system like this in place, how do you make progression in this field?
We covered this subject, among many others, today in class.
By the end of class we had a whole list of questions to answer.
- How do you find out more about how one can attain and utilize a UX skill set if UX is not their primary job responsibility?
- How would prospective employers quantify the “nonacademic attributes: intrinsic qualities” (pg. 76) they’re looking for? Other than listing your soft skills is there a recommended way to document them?
- The report mentions being a great communicator as a plus. What are some good methods by which a person can improve their communication skills and what kinds of communication skills are especially useful in the UX field?
- In the report it is stated that many times a career path in usability is not always clear. Are career paths becoming more available?
- Do you foresee a day where a UX professional will be in a better position to be heading towards a management career path in a company?
- What steps are collegiate business programs taking to incorporate UX practices and skill sets into their programs?
- Are their entry level positions in UX where one is primarily involved in User testing? And if so, how does one train, locate and attain such a position?
- Only six respondents have done work in the field of robotics. Why isn’t robotics a larger field yet? Have movies like Blade Runner and I, Robot scared people away from the desire for humanoid robotics?
- How badly can an idiotic user screw up testing?
- A lot of UX jobs are self-employed if some one hires you as a UX tester what are the typical deliverables?
- How can I mold my work experiences (examples from the military, as a professional in the trades who did troubleshooting) that may seem unrelated, appear useful and valuable to employers?