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Confessions of an Ex Unicorn

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October 26, 2016 9:00 AM

Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, VA

The mythical UX unicorn; we’ve all felt the pressure to become one, and many of us have gained or are actively pursuing unicorn status. But do we truly need to be masters of the entire UX spectrum? There has been a lot of discussion about why everyone in UX needs to be a unicorn and how to achieve this status.

Many companies are expecting that everyone they hire be able to single-handedly cover the entire spectrum of UX roles. The result is that many UX professionals are attempting to be unicorns and either finding themselves unhappy in their process, unsatisfied in their role as a unicorn, feeling unqualified to move forward, or unsure of how to grow their career. There is value to having a unicorn education and having a broad set of experiences, but let’s be honest about the challenges, too.

In this talk, we’ll discuss the benefits of a multidisciplinary education, complications of unicorn life, and the varying paths to success.

What you’ll learn: •Pros and cons of being a unicorn •When it makes sense to have unicorns •How to choose the path that will best serve your interests •Inspiration to grow your career however you define success

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