Interested in climbing the ranks in your current company but wondering where to start? Listen to this episode with Kate Syuma where we discuss how to organize your career path for continued growth and what to do if you get tired of your job! Listen to the full episode for advice on transitioning into a leadership role and a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to work at a rapidly growing company!
In episode 40 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Kate Syuma, Head of Growth Design at Miro. Over the last five years at Miro, Kate has grown from an IC Product Designer to a Product Design Lead and up to her current role. Her insights on career growth and keeping things fresh as your career progress are fantastic!
During our chat, Kate shares how to organize your career path and grow as a designer while not getting tired of your job. We also talk about how she set herself up to land her first job and then be discovered by Miro. Kate’s approach to growth will help you no matter where you are in your career path right now!
Kate initially went to university for an IT specialty where she was coding and programming, but she quickly realized that this was not what she wanted to do. She began thinking through her future career path and decided to combine her love of fine art with her interest in doing something digital. Kate began working as a graphic designer and created illustrations for postcards sold in a small local store in her city.
After some time, she decided she would like to learn more about UI and UX, so she invested in a MacBook, installed Sketch, and learned how to use that tool. Kate soon began freelancing and then worked at an agency that created mobile apps and worked as a UI/UX designer. After a short time, she was contacted by Miro and asked to interview. Although she did not feel ready and thought she needed at least a year or two of experience at the agency, she decided to try the test home task from Miro. She recalls not knowing how to do the task but choosing to do it anyway. She then had her interview and quickly received an offer to join Miro on her birthday!
Kate has quickly worked her way up the ranks at Miro with her constant focus on growth and career strategy. During our chat, she shares advice on how she has been able to stay on course to achieve her career goals while ensuring that she is always heading in a direction that interests her. Take a step back, think through these steps, and take action on the direction you set to constantly keep your career path in line with your aspirations!
“Reflection moments with yourself are very powerful. Asking yourself what am I doing here, what are my flow moments, what do I want to do next, what do I really like doing, and from that, you can renavigate.”
Chances are you have encountered stale moments along your career path. Whether you are tired because you have been doing the same thing for years or you get bored quickly and constantly need new challenges, finding ways to keep things fresh over your long career journey is imperative. Kate gave us fantastic advice on how she has been able to stay interested in her work and how she takes the lead to ensure it stays exciting and engaging for her!
“Thinking about leveling up in your career, the very simple thing to do is just do the job that you want to do next. Just start doing it today and integrate parts of it with some baby steps.”
We had a fantastic time chatting with Kate about approaching career growth while keeping your day-to-day work exciting and interesting. Her tips and advice will help you tailor your approach to your specific needs and aspirations for your career. We are thankful that Kate shared so much actionable and specific knowledge to consider as we move through our career journeys.
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes more about moving into leadership and what it is like working at Miro. Don't forget to follow Kate on LinkedIn, Medium, and her website to see what she is up to! If you are interested in a job at Miro, check the open role links below!
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