The role of on-the-job training in UX
roundtable – 90 min | Feb 4 – 15:00
We’ll discuss the role of on-the-job training in creating and growing UX designers today. What are the expectations of hiring managers, new designers and educational programs about baseline skills and growth?
In the early days of software user experience, there were no programs that would teach us what to do. We learned by doing. If we made mistakes, that was okay, because everyone was figuring it out. Now, the bar is much higher. There are university programs, bootcamps, seminars, and many other options for learning the role before starting your career. So what is the role of on-the-job training today? Is it just practicing what you learned in class or can a user experience professional still be ‘self-taught’? What kind of training or mentoring should UX teams be providing now? What should they expect job candidates to already know?
About the speaker
Jennifer is an Associate Director of UX Design at Glassdoor. She leads a small but might team of designers working on Glassdoor’s B2B product. Prior to Glassdoor she worked at Macys.com, Kaiser Permanente and EDS. She’s been in UX for about 15 years, after transitioning from development to design. She has an MS in Human Factors from San Jose State University.