Self proclaimed user experience designers and cunts

User experience designers who stopped studying early on will notice they’re easily overlooked by those who have followed the system, not to mention anyone with a decent title. Speaking from experience I noticed an amazing change going on within the design and communication community. People are opening their eyes towards talent. Portfolio over degree, vision over voice. But for a vast variety of designers of all sorts, this isn’t the case just yet. They struggle with finding a job or opportunity solely on the fact that they don’t have the official diploma.

The truth is, it’s usually not even about having a poor excuse of a portfolio (obviously if you haven’t got the diploma, at least you’re going to need the vision, skill and/or experience). Whenever a curriculum vitae gets scanned and the qualifications are not met, most of them get neglected. Which I find a pity because I’m convinced that there’s a whole bunch of talented people out there in the world, waiting for a proper opportunity.

Some clients ask me why I didn’t continue my studies after graduating as a graphic designer, whilst now I’m working as a user experience designer and interface designer. Even though the question is rather personal (everyone has their story these days). I think it’s irrelevant.

I started to wonder why they cared at all. Of course some people are just generally very nice and interested, they ask us about our career and studies out of pure interest. But sometimes it seems to be the case that one’s educational background gets reflected upon the reviewer’s personal background. Which may give the reviewer the feeling that the applicant doesn’t comply with their own educational vision. Since user experience designers are emerging all over the place, each with their own variant or story. It becomes hard for these people to make a clear choice.

In some other cases the reviewer will have little to no say as to whom he or she is allowed to interview. They get briefed on the qualifications with which they’re allowed to invite someone. User experience designers for example are often required to know basic coding, while half of the user experience designers have never studied. But as someone who’s working with dozens of talented people I believe the ties are shifting and everyone stuck on an educational dilemma of choice; please be aware of those you neglect.

Because one day, they will find their way to the top, changing the way we learn, fighting regular educational systems because they’re non-personal and creating opportunities to those who change, just as fast as they did.

What’s your view on this?


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