Taking the first stride into UX ️
When I was still in school studying for an Economics degree, I’d never imagine myself doing UX as a career. But soon after graduation, Covid and the lack of satisfaction at my then marketing job prompted me to think about what I really wanted to do in life.
Reflecting upon my strengths and interests, two things came to mind - design and chatting with new people. A friend of mine in Jakarta introduced me into the field of UX. I had the opportunity to interact with him and observe his day-to-day work. What piqued my interest the most was when he explained how his designs were centred around users’ needs. I thought that UX was a perfect marriage between science and art. Taking a leap of faith, I left my then stable job to pursue UX, and the rest is history.
As a UX designer now, I would say that UX isn’t just something which I do at work, but intentionally (or sometimes unintentionally) in life too. On a day-to-day basis, I interact with many websites and apps. This gives me the opportunity to observe and pick up new trends and interactions in the market. There was a time I was dining at a restaurant, while scrolling through the menu on the iPad, I lamented about the poor user experience as one cannot add multiple quantities to the basket easily. My friends laughed and commented that this has now become an “occupational habit”.
UX is now a craft and a career I enjoy building.