So, you want to be a UX professional…

If you think you might want a career in UX, you should become familiar with all of these sources:

RESOURCES:

Before you do anything else, connect with Bree Walter. Why? Because she’s is an accomplished UX Bearcat who really, really wants to help you find your UX legs. Read about Bree here.


Jakob Neilsen: Nielsen Norman Group
Look through Neilsen’s site, NNgroup.com . Read the reports and articles.

Jared Spool: User Interface Engineering
Look through Jared’s site, UIE.com .  Read All You Can Learn, Articles, and anything else.

Jesse James Garret: The Elements of Use Experience
Read this classic book about UX. See the original diagram that is the basis for UX design.

Steve Krug:  Don’t Make Me Think
To get you started, here’s a free sample chapter.

Free UX eBooks by UXPin
Did you see the “free” part?

Invision Fireside Chats
In-depth video conversations about design systems.

UXPin Virtual Summits
Look for the “Virtual Summit” video collections. You can also look here for more.

UX-focused training via Lynda.com. Train yourself in specific UX areas using Lynda’s online training modules.

BLOGS & SITES:

PODCASTS:

SLACK GROUPS:

JOBS:

PORTFOLIOS:

Look through some UX portfolios.
See a UX case study — something like this would be great for your portfolio!

Your portfolio should have a collection of projects that include these steps, up to “Code”.

If you’re really serious, GET A MENTOR!

UXPCK has a mentorship program. Check it out. Join. Meet people who work in UX in Kansas City… many of them are Bearcats!

Use LinkedIn to find Bearcats who work in UX. Connect with them.

Ask for help — they will help you.

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