amUX Meetup

October 6, 2014
October 6, 2014 8:15 AM
10:00 am
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• 8:30-9am: Breakfast & Networking
• 9:15 - 9:45am: Presentation
• 9:45-10am: Q&A

Topic: "Designing Your Career"

As UX professionals we spend a ton of time talking about design and research activities but relatively little time talking about or formalizing a framework for planning and nurturing our careers. While many of us have access to formal career ladders, they are often interesting artifacts, but rarely useful tools to help you plan short-term or long-term goals. In addition years of public and contentious discussions about formalizing the UX profession have spawned lively debates with little concrete progress.
To address this gap Ian Swinson, Senior Director of User Experience at, conducted interviews with senior User Experience professionals across industries to investigate what have been pivotal moments in their careers. The result is the creation of a UX specific career framework and workshop that helps you systematically think through your skills and interests, then frame those into potential career paths. That insight then enables powerful and directed career conversations between managers and employees. At its core the process treats career planning as a design exercise.
This UX Career Framework is not meant to serve as the ultimate expression of the myriad UX career variations. However, it is a powerful step forward in establishing a dialog about UX careers, what makes them unique, and how we can ultimately take control of our careers and design the future.
About amUX: An informal group for anyone within the local User Experience community in addition to others in Tech & Prod – whether you're a practicing UX-er, Developer, Product/Program/Project Manager, or looking to change careers – to share our experiences and knowledge. This group will provide a place for UX professionals to learn new things, exchange ideas and meet new people in the morning over coffee and breakfast.