Jadene Aderonmu shares her advice on how to give yourself a head start and be prepared to land the job you want in product design. Read the blog below and listen to the full episode for more great product design career advice!
Strategies to land your first job as a product designer
In episode 13 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Jadene Aderonmu, a Senior UX Designer at a digital design consultancy in the UK called Methods! She transitioned from a degree in traditional graphic design to a career in product design, where she also enjoys focusing on user research. She also spends time creating content for her design advice-based YouTube Channel and helping others as a Design Mentor!Jadene shares several tips on how to move into a career in product design when you have a degree in a different area of design. We are so excited for you to listen to this episode!
Jadene's journey from graphic design to web design
From a very early age, Jadene had a strong interest in fine art and had envisioned going to art school and going to France to paint. In college, she came across graphic design and enjoyed creating solutions based on her briefs. When she went off to University, she pursued a degree in graphic design. During her time there, she quickly saw a shift happening where there was more opportunity in web-based design to create websites, apps, and online services.
After University, she landed in her first role as a digital designer. In this role, Jadene supported marketing and logo design efforts with her graphic design experience and learned how much she enjoyed web design and designing interfaces for apps.
"Had I known the value of industry experience in tech, I would have done an internship my first year, or as soon as possible."
How Jadene accidentally struck gold and found her way into product design
After four years at the digital agency, Jadene decided to move into a more senior role and applied for a web design position at another agency. The interview and hiring process took a long time because the agency was still trying to determine what they needed from this specific role. At the end of her recruitment process, the agency decided that they needed a user experience designer instead of a web designer and asked her if she would be interested in taking on this new role.
Jadene quickly researched what a UX Designer did. She was delighted to discover that they advocate for the user, and she would be closer to the user than she had been in her previous role. She took the job and learned very quickly in the UX design space and felt like she had found gold in this new opportunity!
Get a jump on the competition by being proactive
Jadene recognizes the way she set herself up for success along her career journey. She also knows there are areas she may do differently along her career path if given a chance. These tips will help you get ahead, especially if you start now!
"If you want to achieve something, you have to make it manageable and fit into your day."
How to set yourself up for your best interview ever
Jadene shares her approach to preparing for the interviews that landed the roles she wanted throughout her career. Below we break out how she approached each interview like it was a separate project. These tips will help you stand out from your competition in your interview process.
"Remember that you are also interviewing the company. You want to make sure that they are the right company that you want to work with. Invest the time to think of questions that would really help answer that for you."
Thank you so much, Jadene!
This episode with Jadene was full of great tips to proactively approach the next step in your product design career journey. We are so thankful that she joined us to share her wisdom and knowledge! Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes more about Jadene's YouTube Channel where you will find even more advice!
Don't forget to follow Jadene and watch as she continues to support the design community through her YouTube videos and in her design mentoring opportunity. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, request her as a mentor on superpeer or subscribe to her YouTube Channel for more valuable tips!
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