Andrea McKinley - From K-12 Education to Product Design in 3 months
UX Cabin Team Member Spotlight with Andrea McKinley
In this blog, we will focus on some of the highlights from this podcast episode, focusing on the internship opportunity!
In episode 8, Andrea McKinley chats with Seth Coelen about the bold career pivot from teaching k-12 to becoming a UX designer. Andrea joined UX Cabin full-time, following her participation in our first internship program earlier this year.
Near the end of 2020, Andrea began reading more about UX and felt that her teaching experience had already given her a lot of the skills and knowledge she needed to make a successful career change into UX design. The more she looked into it, the more correlation she saw between the two fields.
At one point, she even googled "Teaching is UX" and found an article called "Why Every Effective Teacher is also a UX Designer," which confirmed everything she had been feeling during her initial research.
She decided to dig in and figure out the steps needed to make this career change a reality. After settling on a design Bootcamp that she thought would be ideal, Andrea came across the application for the UX Cabin internship. Weighing the options, the UX Cabin internship made a lot of sense:
Andrea appreciated that the internship was set up to be remote with intention. It allowed her the most flexibility to organizer her own schedule, learn at her own pace, and make the most of the opportunity.
Structure of each month
The internship had a structure that allowed each skill to build upon itself in the corresponding month.
Reflection on the internship
"I can learn this visual stuff and I can apply it, even though I didn't go to art school. I can figure this out and I can actually get good at it."
During the internship, she was able to gain the experience and knowledge she had hoped for, and she received an offer for a full-time position to join the UX Cabin team. Andrea loves working remotely and connecting with team members across the globe. She's often collaborating with other team members on a call or pair designing in a Figma file.
She finds great value in working with a diverse team to learn more about the things she loves, including travel, languages, and different cultures.
"One of the coolest aspects of UX Cabin is that it's global and my coworkers are all over the world."
Being a teacher and previous intern, Andrea was the perfect person to help craft and organize the UX Cabin internship 2.0. Take a look at the list below to learn more about what's included in this round of the internship program
If you identify with the below callouts, then this internship may be the perfect opportunity for you!
Our Team Member Spotlight with Andrea provided true inspiration for anyone looking to make a career change into the world of design. We are thrilled that her pivot brought her to UX Cabin and that we get the opportunity to work with her as she continues to thrive in this industry. Thank you, Andrea, for joining our internship, then our team, and now this episode of The Product Design Podcast. We can't wait to see the success the next UX Cabin internship opportunity 2.0 brings.Make sure to listen to the complete episode, which includes an in-depth discussion about Andrea's career pivot and a deeper dive into the internship opportunity, over at The Product Design Podcast.
Don't forget to follow Andrea to watch as she continues to use her passion to impact the world of UX design. Check out her article "UX Design & K-12 Classroom Teaching: 4 Similarities," and you can also find her on Twitter and LinkedIn!
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