Planning a Career in User Experience

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  • Course details

    User experience is a rewarding career. Successful UX professionals can improve technology so that it is more efficient, effective, and satisfying for those that use it. But where does a career in UX start?

    In this course, UX expert Cory Lebson breaks down the sub-disciplines of user experience (the trifecta of design, research, and strategy), so you can learn about the different jobs that align with your strengths and passions. Cory helps you understand job responsibilities as well as the benefits of working full-time for a company vs. consulting or freelancing. With his guidance, you can create a more compelling resume and portfolio package and make sure that you properly brand yourself as a UX professional.

    This course offers focused career advice for job seekers, tips for recruiters and employers who want to better understand UX, and a necessary framework for grad/undergrad students exploring the next step in their career. Along the way, Cory highlights training in the library to build specific UX skills.


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      Cory Lebson

      UX Research & Strategy Consultant/Freelancer; Leader; Speaker; Instructor; Author

      • Two decades of UX consulting have made Cory Lebson one of the leading educators and authors in UX.

        Cory Lebson (@corylebson) has been a UX consultant for over two decades. He is the principal and owner of Lebsontech LLC, a successful user experience consulting firm focused on user research and evaluation, user experience strategy, UX training, and mentoring.

        Cory speaks frequently on topics related to UX career development, user experience, user research, information architecture, and accessibility. He has been featured on the radio and has published a number of articles in a variety of professional publications. He is also the author of the recently published, UX Careers Handbook.

        Cory has an MBA in marketing and technology management, as well as an MA in sociology and a BS in psychology. He is a former president of both the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International and the Washington DC chapter of UXPA. Connect with Cory on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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  • Welcome

    - Welcome to this overview course on planning a career in user experience. I'm Cory Lebson, author of the UX Careers Handbook, past president of the User Experience Professionals Association, and UX consultant. In this course, I'll give you a brief introduction to the field and then review some of the specific career pathways and skill sets that make up the UX umbrella, namely those that center around design, around research, and around strategy. We'll also talk about what kind of job structure you may want to look for, how to construct your resume and your portfolio, and how to brand yourself as a true UXer. While this course overviews a number of topics, I'll also let you know where you can take a deeper dive, other related courses and web resources. Sound intriguing? Then let's get started.

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