Student Success Story: Nour Jabra
Nour completed our 12-Week full-time UX/UI Career Development Bootcamp in December 2022. She has recently been offered a Senior UX & UI Designer position at EPC Improvements.
We caught up with her recently to see how the course helped her achieve her goals and her pearls of wisdom for any budding product designers.
Tell us a bit more about what you were doing before you decided to pivot into design?
I co-founded two startups in E-commerce and EdTech where I had the opportunity to build businesses from the ground up. This experience allowed me to work directly with strategic partners such as the World Bank, UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and Beirut Digital District.
How was training at Experience Haus different from other providers?
There was deep involvement in practical design projects that goes beyond traditional theoretical learning.
What was the highlight of your course?
I’m most proud of redesigning and consolidating the complex app ecosystem for our insurance client, Vitality. I also had the opportunity to address their long-standing issue of neurodivergent inclusivity.
What was the most challenging part of your learning experience?
Learning how to effectively collaborate with other designers. Navigating task delegation based on each person’s expertise and talent, aligning out perspectives, and bringing out the best in each other were initially difficult but ultimately offered invaluable lessons in teamwork and leadership.
Job Hunting & Your New Role
Where is your new job and what is your role?
I have recently landed a Senior UX/UI role at EPC Improvements.
How did you find the job search process after you finished the course?
It was an invaluable opportunity for self-discovery and industry exploration – but I had to be relentless!
What did a typical working day look like for you 2 years ago?
I led a diverse groups of professionals, from graphic designers and video producers, to salespeople and social media specialists. Additionally, I worked closely with schools, mentors and professionals in our network to ensure we delivered the best-suited content for our users.
What does a typical working day look like for you now?
The project I’m currently working on is a partnership between a renewable energy company and the University of Essex so it requires a lot of stakeholder management but provides great support. Since starting my new role 10 days ago, I’ve done a variety of work from brand auditing, analysing, digital marketing campaigns, designing and approving print artwork, conducting stakeholder interviews and auditing their existing website as prep work to help devise a product roadmap.
Every day is different, for instance today I’m going to start conducting user interviews. My role isn’t strictly UX, it integrates marketing & business as well which makes it fun!
What are your top 3 tips for preparing for a design interview?
It’s kind of like dating – know what you want, put yourself out there and know that rejection is part of the process!
What advice do you have for anyone breaking into the industry? Is there anything you wish you’d known when you were first starting out?
Master your personal brand and focus on building relationship!