Standing out from the thousands of juniors looking to get into UX design, product management, and UX research is the key to moving forward in your career. Morgan Denner shares his advice for improving your odds of getting the job you want for those looking to get into tech. Read the article below and listen to more of Morgan's great advice in the full episode!
In this episode of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Morgan Denner, Chief Experience Officer at Tech Fleet and Lead UX Designer at hopscotch. He has a background in sales, IT, and product development which ultimately led him to UX.
While transitioning into UX, Morgan identified a gap between his education and practical, real-world experience. This gap inspired him to create Tech Fleet, a community-driven re-skilling platform for UX, Product Management, Development, and many other tech roles. He shares what he has learned along his career transition into UX and tips for finding your edge in the industry and finding success in the application process.
Morgan started his career at 19 when he joined the sales force and then worked in sales for seven years. When Morgan was 24, he decided to go back to school, where he worked on earning a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Interaction Design and Information Architecture while working full time.
As someone who made a career switch into UX, Morgan recognized a gap that needed to be filled for those not in a position to go back to school for traditional education in UX as he did. He created Tech Fleet to help career changers and junior designers gain the experience they need for a successful job search. As the CEO of Tech Fleet and a Mentor, Morgan offers loads of advice on how to figure out your way from Bootcamp to your first job!
As a new or aspiring product designer, it can be challenging when you are applying for tons of jobs and either being ghosted or rejected repeatedly. Jeremy shares two great tips for getting past that frustrating scenario and getting the UX job you want!
“We're hardwired in school to follow a phased approach to UX. UX is not necessarily a phased approach. You can handle the work in different ways.”
Morgan is passionate about helping individuals find their way into the tech world with real-world experience through apprenticeships. Once you have been through a Bootcamp and gained a baseline education, you can join this community.
Whether you are interested in UX, product management, QA, business, marketing, or development, Morgan has created the Tech Fleet community to help you fill in your experience gaps. During our chat, Morgan shared what inspired him to create Tech Fleet, what it is, and how to apply for the apprenticeship. Here are some ways that Tech Fleet could help you fill in your real-world experience gaps!
“The first thing I had to learn in the world was adaptability. No matter what project is thrown at you, taking the agile process into that project always gets you what you need.”
We had such a great time chatting with Morgan about how he made the switch from sales to UX and the actions he took to do it. Morgan offered many practical tips and advice on how new and aspiring product designers can move forward along their career paths more efficiently. Thank you so much, Morgan, for all the advice and knowledge you shared!
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes a deeper dive into Morgan’s specific journey into UX and how he wants to help other career changers and aspiring product designers with Tech Fleet. Don't forget to follow Morgan on LinkedIn and Tech Fleet on Twitter!