101 Ways to Get Into UX Research

Amy Santee Career Strategy & Coaching
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Stop wasting your time binge-reading Medium articles and peep this comprehensive resource with tips, methods, and actions for effectively, efficiently, and confidently making your way into UX research.

There is no shortage of useful, legit, and accurate advice out there from people who work in UXR and who know what they are talking about.

On the one hand, the proliferation of accessible information and perspectives is a really good thing. But there’s also a lot of garbage to sift through, a lot of myths and misinformation, a lot of N's of 1, and altogether just an overwhelming amount of stuff to wade through. No one has the time or energy for that.

I’ve been asked about how to get into UXR a thousand and one times, which is why I decided to put together this 27-page compendium-checklist.

And it's not just based on my own experience, but on 12 years of being part of the UX community as a practitioner and now a career coach, as well as ideas from respected leaders in the field, and what I know works from partnering with hundreds of people on their job searches.

What about the current state of the UX job market? Is it still a viable option considering the impact of the mass layoffs in the tech sector on job availability?

The short answer and unfortunate reality is that due to the glut of talented and experienced UXR practitioners who are struggling to find positions, people wanting to go into UXR are finding it nearly impossible to stand out and transition into this field.

Before mid-2022 when the mass layoffs in tech started ramping up, it was pretty doable to transition into UXR from academia and other fields without direct UX experience as long as you had transferable skills and a solid professional story. UXR has been hit especially hard by the layoffs, which has resulted in a drastic change in the ratio of available UX jobs (low) to people looking for work (high).

Even if now isn’t quite the right time to make this happen for yourself, I strongly believe there is benefit in preparing yourself to effectively make the transition into UXR once the job market gets better (when that is remains TBD).

The 101 items are broken down into 7 themes:

  1. Process, mindset & reflection
  2. Education, training, & self-directed learning
  3. Gaining experience and building skills
  4. Career assets / professional materials
  5. Strategic job search
  6. Interviewing
  7. Networking and community

After your order is complete, you will receive a link to download this file via Google Docs.

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