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What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

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April 25, 2015 10:15 AM

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

A decade ago, my very first talk at a professional conference was at IA Summit. Just 6 months prior to that, I was deciding between job offers for Interaction Designer, User Researcher, or Information Architect. I remember thinking at the time, “This is a major crossroad. What I specialize in will determine my career for many years to come.” The process was agonizing.

The versatility and skills we develop as user experience practitioners allows for many paths in our career. Today, I sit at another crossroad and questions still seem to remain. Product or design? Management, founder, or contributor? Large or small company?

This talk is for those who have been in the industry for a few years and have started wondering, "What's next for me?"

It’s a vulnerable and personal sharing of experience. It’s also be a look at the questions I asked along the way to help make difficult choices. Sharing these questions and this experience is an an opportunity to give back to the community that helped me start on a path. We’re all sharing part of this path; where yours leads will likely differ from mine, but the questions may help your answers.

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