Mimi Nishiguchi - Realistic Strategies for Transitioning to UX Design
Considering a switch to a UX career path? This article covers Mimi Nishiguchi's advice on overcoming obstacles during a career switch. Her suggestions include facing your fears, betting on yourself, learning as much as possible, and taking your interview prep deeper. With the right attitude, resources, and determination, you can successfully transition to UX Design.
Realistic Strategies for Transitioning to UX Design
In episode 53 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Mimi Nishiguchi, Senior Product Designer, and YouTube Content Creator. You have probably seen her YouTube channel, where she shares videos on all things UX,including topics like boot camps, a day in the life of a UX Designer, and her couch confessions related to her experience switching to a career in UX.
During our chat, Mimi shares her take on boot camps, tips on switching to a UX career, advice on getting an initial interview, and talks to Seth about some of his favorite videos on her channel. This episode is full of great advice for anyone considering a switch to UX, and if you have been a fan of Mimi for a while, you will get to hear about her long-term vision for her YouTube Channel.
This article will focus on Mimi's advice on overcoming obstacles during a career switch.
Overcoming Obstacles During a Career Switch
Switching from one career path to another can be intimidating and challenging, but it is possible. Mimi faced several obstacles as she transitioned to a career in UX design. During our chat, she shared her insights on what worked best for her as she switched her career path. With the right attitude, resources, and determination, you can make a successful career change into something that you love to do.
“My biggest piece of advice is, listen to your gut, and if you really feel like you can do this, then go for it!”
“One of my biggest mistakes was I would go into the interview and I'd prep. I would look at the company, their mission, and the product, but there's so much more to the interviews. It's rounds and rounds of them from different types of stakeholders, and they're looking for different types of answers.”
Thank you so much, Mimi!
Thank you so much, Mimi, for joining us on the show and sharing your strategies for getting an initial interview and UX job in this market and your advice for overcoming obstacles during a career switch. If you have thought about making a career switch to UX or are currently looking for a UX job, this episode is filled with fantastic advice to help you along your journey.
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes Mimi's experience with the boot camp route, how she grew from the lows in her career, and why Mimi chose to start her YouTube channel. Don't forget to follow Mimi on Instagram and YouTube, and check out her interview questions study guide to help you prepare for your next interview!
Where to find Mimi
- Instagram: @mimimichigucci
- YouTube: @mimimichi
- Interview Questions Study Guide: https://payhip.com/b/gycaW
Other mentioned links:
- General Assembly: https://generalassemb.ly
- DESIGNLAB: https://designlab.com
- Articulating Design Decisions by Tom Greever: https://amzn.to/3MTiLV6
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