Questions related to career development in UX related fields.

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As a programmer, how do I move into User Experience Design?

I've been a developer for over 6 years, mainly working in the web context, and generally distributed applications, services, and also front-facing apps. I got into programming originally through ...
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How much should a UX professional know about front-end development?

Apologies if this is too much of a fuzzy question, I was wondering what people's thoughts were regarding the level of front-end development knowledge a UX professional (Experience Architect, Usability ...
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Do I have the skills for UX?

I will soon be graduating with a BS in computer science with a focus in HCI. My goal is to land a job in the realm of user experience, but I'm not sure where I stand with regards to my experience and ...
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Getting into UX as a CS graduate [closed]

I'm graduating from university next summer and I'd like to go into a UX/usability/interaction design job, but my degree is a straight BSc Computer Science. What can I do to convince people that I'm ...
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What makes a great user experience portfolio?

I'm in the middle of a job search. I came up from a development (both front and backend) background and have done quite a bit of UX work. The biggest problem I'm facing in putting my portfolio ...
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Career building: mentoring, volunteering, and/or networking? [closed]

Since there are lots of questions on UXExchange about career choices, I thought I'd pass along this article, Developing a usable career path, by UPA board member, Robert Skrobe. In it, he writes: ...
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How do you describe what you do?

When meeting new people, I'm often asked about my job. However, I've found that outside (and to an extent, within) the app and web development industry, UX is still rather new and not understood. If ...
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What are various Senior UX Expert job roles and path forward? [closed]

As one moves higher in the career ladder, what job roles does a Senior User Experience expert (incl. of specialization in information design, interaction design or similar designation tags) get ...
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Credentials and reasonable expectations for a software developer moving into UX design?

I have been a software developer for the past 5+ years and am considering switching to a role that is less focused on coding/development. UX design is one of the paths I am considering. My two most ...
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What 5 things must I do to become a well-rounded, progressive UX Designer in my career? [closed]

I am a fledgling Web Designer, seeking to make myself into a UX / Interaction Designer. I am working on a degree (at my local University, Utah Valley University) in Digital Media (I don't believe they ...
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How do you best present yourself in a UX job interview?

We have had great questions and answers around looking for and interviewing a UX candidate, but I would like to know about the other side of the table as I have an interview coming up and this would ...
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How to break into the field of HCI?

Before you make a remark of this has been asked over and again, let me point out that I have done my research - Do I have the skills for UX? As a programmer, how do I move into UX? Getting into ...
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What can I do now without schooling to get me experienced in UX? [closed]

I'm out of school for the summer then I start community college, I do not want to waste time. Is there anything I can do to gain knowledge and experience? I doubt I can score an internship without any ...
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Developer with HCI background studying graphic design

I'm thinking about going to design school for a year, studying graphic design. I want to get work as a UX designer/researcher, with the possibility of day to day activities like user research, user ...