Simran Mhatre shares her advice on getting a plan in place early to set up a strong network that can be leaned into when you are ready for your portfolio, resume and interview prep. She also shares specific actions she took to get the right jobs in front of her to get a streamlined portfolio and resume in front of the hiring manager.
This episode includes many tips to help you find the right internship or job for you and inspire you to make bold steps towards a career at some of the biggest names in tech. Read the article below and listen to more of Simran's great advice in the full episode!
In episode 29 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Simran Mhatre, a Product Design Intern at Meta. Simran is originally from India and moved to the United States in 2021 to further her education. She is a graduate student at Indiana University Bloomington, studying Human-Computer Interaction.
Simran worked long and hard to land her internship at a FAANG company and shares all the tips and advice she put into action to get where she is today. If you are trying to break into UX or looking to change jobs in UX, listen to her fantastic advice on portfolios, resumes, and networking!
When Simran finished high school, she was unsure about what she wanted to study but decided on computer science due to her interest in computers and technology. During her time in college, where she pursued a bachelor's in engineering and information technology, Simran came across UX. She found it interesting that so many people find technology difficult to use. As she dug further into UX, Simran realized this would be a way she could help solve problems for many people who struggle with technology.
After Simran earned her bachelor's degree, she decided that she wanted to make the switch to UX but knew she had a long learning road ahead. Simran chose to move to the United States to further her education in Human-Computer Interaction. She is currently a graduate student at Indiana University Bloomington and is just getting started in her internship at Meta!
Before Simran was ready to begin her job search, she stepped back and thought through the work ahead. She was able to take small actions as she moved along that ultimately set her up for success when she was ready to begin her job search. By putting this advice into action, you can do the same!
“It's always very nice to build meaningful relationships with people because getting into big companies is so difficult.”
Simran was able to get several interviews and offers for high-profile internships. Getting to this point took a lot of focus and dedication to the job search process. Here are some actions she took when she was ready for her job search that could help you narrow your focus and land an internship or job you want.
“I've seen a lot of people spending so much time on their portfolio that they sometimes miss the application deadline, or they just don't apply for the job because they think that their portfolio isn't good enough. Just go ahead and apply.”
We had a blast talking with Simran on her incredible journey into UX. Simran's story is inspirational, and her hard work and dedication have paid off. She brought so much valuable advice and tips that our listeners are sure to find so much value. We are so grateful that she shared the insight and wisdom she has gained on her path to landing her exciting internship at Meta!
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, where Simran shares more of her unique journey into UX and lots of tips on perfecting your portfolio and resume! Don't forget to follow Simran on LinkedIn, Instagram, and dribbble. Also, check out her website for portfolio inspiration and her resume for a great example of formatting it correctly and getting through the system and over to the hiring manager!
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